The Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery will present an exhibition of "Paper Art" featuring work by Linda Stewart, Annie Simcoe, and Lisa Peterson. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 5 from 6-8PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Linda Stewart is a native of Cumberland, Maryland. "I like the beauty of the surrounding hills and the four distinct seasons, especially spring and fall. The colors inspire me to create my art." Linda enjoys working with paper to create one-of-a-kind monoprints, collages and paper sculptures. Her works have been described as unique and original. She is a member of the Allegany County Arts Council, Arts at Canal Place, Mountain City Traditional Arts, and the Allegany Area Art Alliance. "Art is taking something that exists and transforming it into something else. I enjoy this creative process necessary to make art. It allows me to express, in a visual manner, a thought, concept or idea. The problem-solving aspect of creating visual art is what motivates and drives me. Translating an initial design idea created during a day dreaming moment or inspired by a texture, line, color or image is what I find the most fascinating part of being a creative person. Completing the process by working through the steps to bring an intangible idea into a physical work of art is challenging and exciting. My art is reflective of my personality. Because there are many dark and sad things in this world, I have chosen to focus on those things that I believe are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. I enjoy using bright, intense colors with bold black lines and shapes to create an exciting viewing experience."
Annie Morris Simcoe is a mixed media and handmade paper artist. "I make all of my own paper using materials that I gather near my home in Western Maryland, where I live with my husband Jeff and dogs Elzie and Bo. I began making paper about ten years ago while I was a student at WVU. Until making the leap to full time artist in the summer of 2009, I worked as a research hydrologist at WVU. My job required me to spend a lot of time outdoors where I was constantly amazed by the natural landscape of the Appalachian Mountains. During the more than fifteen years I have lived in this region I have spent a lot of time hiking, cross-country skiing, and exploring the rivers. It is from all of these experiences that I draw inspiration for my art works, as well as many of the raw materials."
Lisa Peterson is a full time artist residing in Allegany County. After earning her BFA from Frostburg State University in 2001 she has continued to experiment with and learn from many local and nationally known artists. Lisa is known for using vibrant color in both her watercolor and textile creations. Her images are designed to inspire and entertain herself with the hope that it will do the same for future viewers. During this event she will be showing recently completed 2 and 3 dimensional works.
For additional information about exhibitions in the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery, please email [email protected], or call 301-777-ARTS (2787).