“Letters to England” painting exhibit opens Nov. 3
University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery will be opening its latest art exhibition, “Letters to England” featuring new paintings by Cleveland artist Patty Aker. This exhibition features silk paintings that were created through experimentation with various materials and media. An opening reception will be on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will be on display through November 25.
Aker’s esthetic leans towards simple modern and dramatic, yet her work reflects nature’s tessellations. She finds she enjoys designing abstracts with an organic slant. She works in many layers of paint, resists and employs different techniques. The result belies the simplicity of her craft. Occasionally, she includes the written word, poetry or an expression of her world view to complete a piece.
Aker’s love of fashion and sewing naturally draws her to fiber. She paints on silk, a very forgiving medium. Colors evolve intensely to produce the drama she wants to showcase in the fabric.
According to Akers, painting on silk is an exciting experience.
“The paints are uncontrollable upon touching the silk and take on a life of their own, swirling, pushing, and merging into amazing contortions of vibrant color,” Akers said. “The dye flow is tamed by various methods and the result is always a visual, textural surprise. Experimentation is endless and, after nearly a decade of playing and practice, I am still thrilled at every unexpected image or design.”
All artworks will be on display through November 25. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and located inside the Fine Arts Building.
For more information on the show, contact Carrie Hoppe, Director of University Relations, at (920) 459-6612 or e-mail email@example.com.