Ceramic Vessels by Audrey Rossman

Ceramic Vessels by Audrey Rossman

Bridge Construction and Red Path by Kathryn Clark

Bridge Construction and Red Path by Kathryn Clark

Anne Horwedel's Vale of Tears

Anne Horwedel's Vale of Tears

Exhibit feels like visiting old friends

Tom Shafer, Friday November 5, 2015
Lafayette Journal and Courier

I visited some old friends the other day at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. I was looking at the "50th Anniversary: Art League Works from the Permanent Collection" exhibit in the Weil Gallery and I ran into Audrey Rossmann.

Well, I viewed some of her work, and it brought back pleasant memories of the artist. Looking at art that you haven’t seen in years is like visiting an old friend. Seeing two ceramic pieces by Rossmann reminded me of the ceramics workshop I attended with her more than three decades ago. It helped me remember her smile, sparkling eyes and great sense of humor.

Art lovers have many different reasons for viewing art. Some think of artwork as decorative additions to their personal environments. Others react to art on an intellectual level, trying to understand the statement the artist has made in the work. There are those of course who react to visual art on a private level. They are not trying to understand what the artist was attempting to say but rather how the art personally affects them.

That is how I reacted to Anne Horwedel’s “Vale of Tears” the first time I saw it many years ago. Personal reactions to viewing art come without reading titles or artist statements before looking at the artwork. Horwedel’s painting is full of her personal symbolism. A viewer may not react to the painting’s imagery the same way the artist does but may indeed relate to the elements within the piece on a personal level.

The museum’s permanent collection is a historical reflection of our local art scene. Many of our finest local artists have worked on this collection. Looking at Kathryn Clark’s handmade paper and mixed media work “Bridge Construction with Red Path” is a great reminder of how artists evolve over the years in not only imagery but the use of materials. Clark’s 2004 abstract two-dimensional construction is an energy-filled combination of interesting patterning and mark making.

Several weeks ago I wrote this about a recent painting of hers: "Clark’s “Fancy Girls #2” is classical in its approach to content as well as theatrical lighting. The artist has given us a simple cut glass vase containing two blooms and two leaves. It is the same artist, but she is now exploring a very different direction.

This is a lovely family-friendly exhibit that may very well end up being a visit with some old friends.

Shafer provides insight about art exhibits in Greater Lafayette.

If you go

What: "50th Anniversary: Art League Works from the Permanent Collection" by various artists

Where: Weil Gallery, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Nov. 15