The Dubois County Art Guild artwork at the Jasper City Mill in Jasper has been changed out for the next six months.
A free public reception will be held at Jasper City Mill this Saturday, May 19, from 1 – 3 p.m. for the new exhibit. Featured artist Abby Laux, of Celestine, will discuss her artwork at the reception and will be doing a demonstration at a later date.
Laux is the art teacher at Springs Valley Schools in French Lick as well as a professional studio artist. An Indiana University graduate, she has been teaching art in public education since 2006 as well as in adult workshops and private lessons. After receiving her masters in art in 2012 from Northwestern State University, Laux began to focus more on her studio practice and has had multiple solo and group exhibitions, including Hoosier Salon Gallery in Carmel, Northwestern State University, Oakland City University, Marian University, St. Meinrad Archabbey and Jasper Community Arts, Krempp Gallery. Her paintings have been accepted into multiple juried shows including the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition, Indiana Artists Show, Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition and NOAPS Spring Online Juried Exhibit (Merit Award) and are in numerous private collections throughout the country.
Her painting “Solitary” and preliminary sketches are included in the text Evidence-Based Nursing: The Research-Practice Connection by Sarah Jo Brown. In 2014, Laux received the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant and traveled to Ireland, England, France and Switzerland to visit art museums as well as photograph and sketch the landscapes.
Laux’s art explores a human connection to nature. She feels there is a great need to reinvent a way to coexist with nature in our modern world and mend society’s alienation from nature. She also has an interest in the surface design of the painting, a concern for the gestures and texture of the paint. Striving to find a balance between depicting the space in a landscape with creating a reaction to the sense of awe found in nature, her work is a blend of representation and expressionism.
“I find there is joy in discovering observed truth in expressive marks,” Laux says. Spending time immersed in nature informs her art, and she has traveled to many national parks as well as Europe to hike, sketch and photograph the land. These experiences, as well as painting in the landscapes around her rural Indiana home, connect her to those places. The paintings are a record of her interactions and responses to these environments.
“I want the viewer to respond to the space through my interpretation of it,” Laux explains. “My art is not meant to be an imitation of nature but a revealing of the forms and space as I interpret them.”
The guild will also have a collection of their artwork in the gallery walk. All artwork at the Jasper City Mill DCAG Gallery Walk is original and for sale. The work consists of oil, watercolor, drawing, acrylic, photography, print and 3D wall pieces. The mill has also added a beautiful collection of Amish made hickory furniture to existing products.
May is a perfect time for a reception in the Riverwalk area.
The Dubois County Art Guild promotes the appreciation of art in the Dubois County communities.
The guild meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Jasper Arts Center.