Landscapes Featured in Gallery One Exhibition
Each academic year Anne Rubin, director of Gallery One, plans three art exhibitions and the theme around which they are organized. This year WCC students, faculty, and staff and members of the public will have an opportunity to learn more about landscapes through both traditional and nontraditional interpretations.
“Many artists have been influenced by the landscape and there has been a preconceived notion of what a landscape is,” Rubin said. “This year Gallery One will choose artists whose interpretation of landscape will stretch the imagination and open visitors’ minds to their own sense of landscape.”
The first exhibition in the series is “Looking at the Land: The Rural View,” which runs from Oct. 17 through Dec. 17 and has an opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The featured artists are ceramicist John Stephenson and painter Elaine Wilson.
Several years ago Stephenson, dean and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design, observed a plow turning the earth and was inspired by the form produced. Since then, he has invented a unique method of reproducing that basic form in clay and has explored its possible variations. Richly colored, Stephenson’s sculptures are both remote from and evocative of that earthy origin.
Yale graduate, colorist, and faculty member Elaine Wilson finds the beauty in the ordinary in her paintings of rural life. From barns to fields to farm machinery, the lush color of her work invites a reconsideration of this seldom seen subject matter.
“There are a lot of unusual and inventive ways that landscapes can be defined through art,” Rubin said. “This series will offer a great deal of surprises and new ideas.”
Gallery One is located on the first floor of WCC’s Student Center building. It hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Friday from 10:00am to noon. For more information about Gallery One please call 734-477-8512. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.