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Inspired by Shadow
The Main Gallery exhibition at the Taube Museum of Art, Inspired by Shadow will be on display from January 5 – February 5, 2016, featuring painter, Donna Watts. Donna is an instructor in method and theory for artists at her studio, Art Relief, in Burlington. Artists of various media join her to learn light and color theory, as well as other realism techniques that can be adapted to their own style and methods.
Inspired by Shadow was developed as a solo exhibition
specifically for touring with the North Dakota Art Gallery
Association. The forty plus piece series was inspired by the
works of the Old Masters as they have always been a source
of inspiration for Watt’s study and technique, and she has
recently returned to using the old methods and materials of
oil paint and canvas preparation. Watt’s states, “As a
thesis, I am creating a series of works (oil on canvas)
using the traditional Old Masters still life subjects but in
modern interpretation of style.”
Her first public exhibition was in 1964 in New Jersey. In 1968 she moved to the Midwest to study at Valparaiso. Watts has spent nearly half a century in the Midwest of America and the landscapes and wildlife she finds there have been her inspiration. Watts relocated from Chicago to North Dakota in 1986 and turned her attention to the wildlife of the Great Plains. She has been exhibiting and instructing since establishing her art studio in Burlington. Her work is on display throughout the Midwest. She teaches workshops in Iowa, the Chicago Area, and North Dakota. Inspired by Shadow is Watts’ first solo exhibit at the Taube Museum of Art. There will be a public reception for the artist on January 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.
Jon Ross presents Darwinisms
The Taube Museum of Art Lower Gallery will feature the work of Minot native Jon Ross January 6th – February 27th, 2016. Ross is an art instructor at Trinity High School, Dickinson, and holds a BSE degree from Minot State University. His exhibition, titled Darwinisms will feature colorful, small sized acrylics of readily recognizable master’s works, but with monkeys filling in for their human counterparts. Ross created the first pieces in this alternative evolution series for the Taube Museum of Art’s 2015 Small Works Exhibition, where his humorous characters were well received. The Taube approached Ross about expanding the series to include enough pieces for a solo exhibition for the lower gallery in 2016.
Darwinism’s features works ranging
from Da Vinci’s Last Supper and Monkey Lisa to Botticelli’s
Birth of Venus. Ross said he wanted something a little more
fun and less provocative than some of the earlier art works
he was noted for, and with this series something more
marketable and family friendly. Ross is somewhat of an
enigma, presenting a calm exterior persona on one hand and
then there is the flip side who likes wrestling matches,
action figures, the Punisher, and movies of all sorts. Ross
has always liked monkeys and with Darwinisms he has found a
way to let the subject transcend art history into this
Jon Ross will be present at his artist reception on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm. Ross’s exhibition will be the first to be mounted in the “work in progress” lower gallery; while it is ready for exhibition’s it is not completely renovated after the water damage in June of 2015. Contributions are still being accepted to offset the renovation costs. Thank you to those who have assisted the Taube Museum of Art in our efforts.
Museum and Gift Shop hours: Tues – Fri 10:30 – 5:30 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm or by special appointment. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. The exhibition is made possible with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
The exhibition is made possible with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Normal Museum and Gift Shop hours are: Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts.