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29jul(jul 29)1:00 am01oct(oct 1)1:00 amFeaturedIra Reines Ethereal Figurative Bronzes Exhibition(july 29) 1:00 am - (october 1) 1:00 am Evansville Museum

Time

July 29 (Saturday) 1:00 am - October 1 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

Born in New York City in 1957, Ira Reines has been interested in art since childhood. He was hired at age 19 by the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut to sculpt medallions and there he learned and honed advanced plaster-working skills. In 1980, the iconic Art Deco artist Romain de Tirtoff, known as Erté, hired the young artist to translate his celebrated couture designs, drawings and paintings into sculpture. Their collaboration, which lasted 11 years until Erté’s death, produced 70 bronzes.

Since that time, Reines has explored in his figurative sculpture the relationship between humans and the cosmos, order and chaos, and the sublime beauty of the divine. His work is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England, the Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, and the Four Arts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach, Florida. A private collection of his recent work, including a series entitled The Five Elements, will be on exhibition from July 29 – October 1 in the Museum’s Old Gallery.

03sep(sep 3)1:00 am26nov(nov 26)1:00 amFeaturedOver There: Evansville and the Great War(september 3) 1:00 am - (november 26) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

September 3 (Sunday) 1:00 am - November 26 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

One hundred years after the United States entered a war which President Woodrow Wilson hoped would make the world safe for democracy, the Evansville Museum presents an exhibition focusing on this historic conflict and its impact on the people of Evansville. Drawn from the permanent collections of the Evansville Museum, the Indiana Military Museum, Willard Library and private collections, this September 3 to November 26, 2017 exhibition interprets the experiences of those overseas and on the home front and explores various aspects of the conflict.

10sep(sep 10)1:00 am31dec(dec 31)1:00 amBeauty from the Battlefield: Trench Art(september 10) 1:00 am - (december 31) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

September 10 (Sunday) 1:00 am - December 31 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

In conjunction with the Main Gallery exhibition OVER THERE: REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR, the John Streetman Alcove will feature a September 10 – December 31, 2017 exhibition of trench art on loan from the Indiana Military History Museum in Terre Haute. The term “trench art” is usually associated with World War I, when soldiers passed the time when not in combat by collecting and fashioning spent armaments into decorative objects. Often displaying remarkable metalworking skill and a high level of artistry, these objects of art range from utilitarian items to small pieces of sculpture.

Faced with a constant battle against boredom and isolation, prisoners of war produced trench art as did a civilian population who, despite the danger, would collect battlefield debris to transform into souvenirs for soldiers. Included in this exhibition are examples of trench art from both World Wars.

14sepallday01novalldayFirst Thursday with Rosalie Waranius Vass(All Day) Evansville Museum

Time

September 14 (Thursday) - November 1 (Wednesday)

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

First Thursdays with Rosalie Waranius Vass will be on September 14, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

Rosalie Waranius Vass spent her youth in the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin, in the small town of Dundee. Growing up in this region provided Waranius Vass with a vast play ground to observe and explore. A place where livestock grazed and seasons changed; a place where life embraced many colors and textures. This is where the diversified landscape and rural setting lent her many subjects for her artwork. She was always passionate about art and drawing. By the age of 13, she knew she wanted to be an artist. But, in order to get an early start with her art education, she had to attend a private high school in Fond du Lac. She then went onto Alverno College to get a degree in Fine Art and Teaching. She taught art for 14 years until opening Thistle Hill Farm Studio and she now paints full-time.

The paintings by Rosalie Waranius Vass are narratives worked in brilliant color, grand visual texture, careful composition and vivid imagination. The non-traditional paintings are fun and light hearted. Some of the imagery has sheep with birds standing on their backs, horses prancing around a hilly landscape with a rainbow in the background or a little island upon which is a grouping of houses with little puffs of smoke above their chimneys. Her imagery may appear as a child has drawn them but the way she incorporates the elements of design attest to her artistic craftsmanship.

Waranius Vass is very apt at controlling the viewer’s eye with her use of color and the composition if the picture plane. In the painting “Light Changes Everything”, the moon is emitting a spotlight illuminating a pie shaped sliver of a forest where a mass of birds have congregated. This causes the viewer to stop and ponder the meaning of it. “Looking Down Reaching Up”, pictured here, is an image where the sun is asserting its own gravitational pull on the mountain and trees pulling them closer to its warmth. The yellows in the upper right corner balance with the warm green tones in the lower left allowing the cooler hues to incorporate rather than compete.

Rosalie Waranius Vass paintings are multimedia creations. She works with watercolor and acrylic paint on watercolor paper with an overlay of Prisma color pencils. Her work will be on exhibition from September 7, 2017 to November 1, 2017 in the Art Sales Gallery of the Museum Gift Shop. For more information about Rosalie Waranius Vass and her work, contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or jtodisco@emuseum.org.

15oct(oct 15)1:00 am03dec(dec 3)1:00 amWorking Together(october 15) 1:00 am - (december 3) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

October 15 (Sunday) 1:00 am - December 3 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

For the 24th consecutive year, regional artists will participate in a juried competition entitled WORKING TOGETHER. The October 15 – December 3, 2017 Old Gallery exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. 

Juror for this year’s competition is Susan Baley, Executive Director of the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana. Baley, who began her tenure at the Swope Art Museum in 2015, received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Wichita State University and a masters of art history from the University of Oklahoma. Before moving to Indiana, she served as the Director of Education for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Fine Art at the University of Oklahoma.

15oct(oct 15)1:00 am07jan(jan 7)1:00 amEvansville in the Progressive Era(october 15) 1:00 am - (january 7) 1:00 am Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Time

October 15 (Sunday) 1:00 am - January 7 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville

Event Details

Evansville in the Progressive Era, October 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018, interprets the impact of the national progressive movement (1890-1920) on Evansville and the social, political and infrastructure changes this entailed.

The exhibition examines the social reform of the era including the work of Evansvillian Albion Fellows Bacon, women’s suffrage, prohibition and child labor—the latter illustrated through the photographs of Lewis Wickes Hine. Buildings and parks projects, another important facet of this era, are also detailed.

02nov(nov 2)6:00 pm03jan(jan 3)6:00 pmFirst Thursdays with Annette Poitau(november 2) 6:00 pm - (january 3) 8:00 pm

Time

November 2 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - January 3 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm

Event Details

First Thursdays with Annette Poitau will be on September 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

The impressive results of Annette Poitau’s painting process are the organic qualities of the paint and reflections of nature in the pigment. Suspending the oil paint in varnish and turpentine, she pours the paint on a canvas that has a base composition painted as a wash or an impasto. She allows the pigmented mediums to flow and blend under their own viscosity by gently rolling the canvas to direct the paint and then redirecting it. Each layer is allowed to dry before another layer is added. Some of the layers are translucent enough to allow the layers below to be seen and some areas of thicker paint applications will cause some paint to pool. The method and pigmentation of her paintings is reminiscent of the formation and appearance of earth.

Of her work Poitau writes: “Every painting is a sort of intimate dance with matter and primordial gestures, a dialogue between my will and the chemical reaction of the colors, their disappearance and their reemergence in new incarnations. The paintings reveals itself with time. It makes its own sense, discovers its soul.”

Annette Poitau was born in Saint-pol-sur-Ternoise, France. Her art education began in Belgium at the Institut Saint Luc, Tournai were she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She then went on to Lycée Technique d’Etat Textiles et Arts Appliquée, Roubaix and Ecole Nationale Supérieure es Arts Décoratifs, Paris where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.

Throughout her artistic career, Poitau has received many awards and recognitions. Her MFA was presented as Awarded with Distinction in 1989 and following she gained a 2 year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 1993-1994, she had a solo exhibition traveled to 7 cities sponsored by the General Council of the Department of Pas-de-Calais, France, and a 1994 residency with L’EPAC. By 2004 in Pacifica, California, she had an art studio at the Sanchez Art Center for the next four years. Currently, Poitau has settled in Oberlin, Ohio. She has continued to earn many various awards for her artwork. As quite the established artist, she has had many solo exhibitions and her work is in many public and private collections.

10dec(dec 10)1:00 am04mar(mar 4)1:00 amIntriguing Artifacts: Docents Favorites from the Collection(december 10) 1:00 am - (march 4) 1:00 am Evansville Museum

Time

December 10 (Sunday) 1:00 am - March 4 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

With each new exhibition, the dedicated core of volunteer educators in the Evansville Museum Docent Association learn about the art and artifacts on display. Over time, many discover that they have one or more favorite pieces in the collection. INTRIGUING ARTIFACTS: DOCENT FAVORITES FROM THE COLLECTION, on exhibit in the Old Gallery from December 10, 2017 – March 4, 2018, will feature art, historical artifacts, and scientific specimens in the permanent collection selected by the 30-plus current and retired members of our Docent Association. With their unique perspective and passion for the Museum, the Docents bring fascinating insights to their role as guest curators for the exhibition.

“Volunteering as a docent has been a fulfilling and educational experience. Being a part of this exhibit has given us a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the time and effort that goes into classifying, maintaining and storing artifacts in the Museum’s collection,” stated Cindy Warren.

“I am pleased to select a painting by American fashion designer Halston (Roy Halston Frowick, 1932-1990) who was a classmate of mine at Bosse High School. He had many friends in the class of 1950 but was unable to attend one of the first big reunions. As a token of his good wishes, he sent each of the women in the class a lovely silver chain with a charm of his signature perfume,” stated Marilyn Wurtz.

“By looking through the database of the Museum’s holdings, I had the opportunity to see some amazing works and am excited to pull some of them out of ‘hiding’ to share with the public,” stated Jeanne Silliman, Docent Association President.

“My father-in-law, Charles V. King, gave me the opening night program for Evansville’s historic ballpark Bosse Field dated June 17, 1915. He wanted me to have it since it was printed by Keller Crescent, my employer for 34 years. I donated it to the Museum in his memory because I wanted others to see it and appreciate this local landmark’s history,” stated Sue King.

10dec(dec 10)1:00 am04feb(feb 4)1:00 am45th Mid-States Craft Exhibition(december 10) 1:00 am - (february 4) 1:00 am Evansville Museum

Time

December 10 (Sunday) 1:00 am - February 4 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

The 45TH MID-STATES CRAFT EXHIBITION will be exhibited in the Main Gallery from December 10, 2017 – February 4, 2018. Open to artists residing the six states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Missouri. The competition will feature ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, wood and mixed media. Over $9,000 in purchase and merit awards, underwritten by individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations, will be presented at the December 9 awards reception.

Juror for this year’s competition is Perry A. Price, executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. Price received a BA in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, State University of New York Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association.

Prior to joining the HCCC, he served as director of education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was responsible for developing and presenting programming and outreach providing thought leadership and cultivating critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft.

He previously served as curator of exhibitions and collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he developed and oversaw all aspects of the New England craft museum’s exhibitions and collections initiatives. He is a scholar of contemporary craft, material culture, decorative arts, and design.

01feb(feb 1)6:00 pm04apr(apr 4)6:00 pmFirst Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee(february 1) 6:00 pm - (april 4) 8:00 pm Evansville Museum

Time

February 1 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - April 4 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm

Location

Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

First Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee will be on February 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

Jonathan McAfee approaches his art as an abstract impressionistic painter who just happens to paint people he finds fascinating and because he enjoys painting them. He uses energetic painting techniques to lay down paint quickly with rapid brush strokes using vibrant colors. He is about the process of painting. Keeping the method loose, he can develop a painting’s composition in about 4 to 5 hours on a good day. He then builds on layers with texture and brush stroke squiggles that create the abstracted image when looking at a close proximity. Further away the paintings appear more as portraiture.

Artistically speaking, Portraiture painting is a representation of the subject. An image created to represent the person using clues as to whom that person is and what they might enjoy doing. It can portray that person’s personality. As McAfee approaches his subjects, they lend him their features or expressions. He creates an image that is compelling and relatable to the viewer. The images have personality that he has applied to them.

Originally a native of Indianapolis, Jonathan McAfee decided he had achieved all he was going to there so he quit his day job as a Marketing/PR person. As he and his wife were looking for a new hometown, they visited Denver and fell in love. Now, he is a full-time artist and continues to make strides with his work. In the beginning, his paintings were very much about the representation and now he is breaking down the image. As he continues to hone his skills, the artistic results have morphed and grown.

McAfee attended the Herron School of Art and Design (Indiana University) earning a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting. He has had numerous exhibitions, group and solo. He is an established artist with work in public and private collections here and abroad. His most recent creations will be on display in the Museum Gift Shop Art Sales Gallery starting February 1, 2018 until April 4, 2018. For more information contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or jtodisco@emuseum.org.

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