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In the Galleries in September:
Layered: The Works of
Laurel Izard and Edwin Shelton
Laurel Izard and Edwin Shelton’s combined exhibit features two distinct approaches of the expression and structure of quilts. The artist couple will have their artworks exhibited in both galleries from September 8 – 27.
The opening reception will be Sunday, September 8 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Izard and Shelton are donating 25 % of the sale of their artworks to Hey, U.G.L.Y. (https://heyugly.org). This exceptional nonprofit has a primary mission of preventing bullying.
The focus of Laurel Izard’s quilts is the mass extinction of animals. She searches for vintage unfinished quilt tops. These rescued works symbolize the warmth and care she would like to extend to all things living on planet Earth. The old quilts and contemporary fabric are hand appliquéd, embroidered, and quilted with amazing detail to produce a new look at spiders, birds, beetles and mammals.
The wall panels by Edwin Shelton are comprised of layers, which can include discarded plastic cat litter bags, fabrics, window screens, beads, and acrylic paint. He avoids conventional canvases, so that the wall panels can be built even larger, some of them are up to eight feet. The theme of his artwork reflects his perception of the duality of daily life as we struggle in the day to day, and yet are also spiritual beings. Most recently, he had the opportunity to teach art in Zibo, China in a middle school of about 3,000 students. Working in China reinforced his experience living in two worlds, represented in the layers in his work.
Laurel Izard and Edwin Shelton met in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Izard earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics. Shelton completed his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Izard went to Northern Illinois University for her B.A. in Art and Anthropology. Shelton earned his B.F.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laurel Izard taught art for 9 years at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, Indiana. In 2016 Edwin Shelton replaced her. He will start his 4th year there in August 2019. Shelton previously worked almost 5 years as the program director at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. Earlier in their careers, Izard and Shelton collaborated on “Izwin” for 23 years designing, marketing, and producing a collection of earthenware jewelry, ornaments, and whimsical dinnerware.
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