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Brooklyn artist to display paintings and drawings in Bethel gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Linda Kamille Schmidt will be the third artist to display work in the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery in a year of exhibits honoring Professor of Art Gail Lutsch, who retires at the end of the 2008-09 school year.

Schmidt, a native of Topeka, currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is a 1984 graduate of Bethel College and earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of Iowa in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

“Linda Kamille Schmidt: Paintings and Drawings” opens Thursday, Nov. 6. There will be an opening reception for the artist Friday, Nov. 7, from 5-7 p.m. outside the FAC Gallery. The public in invited.

Schmidt’s solo and small group exhibits have included the gallery at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., the Mennonite Arts Weekend in Cincinnati (Douglas Witmer, curator), the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City and the Metropolis Gallery in Seattle. Commissioned work can be seen in the Tokyo Bay Hilton and Osaka Hilton in Japan.

“In a space which evokes elements of our universe ranging from cellular to cosmic, simple geometric shapes serve as characters or markers,” Schmidt says. “The shapes playfully interact with and transform into games or systems of measurement and other organizational devices and are used to understand, explore, invent or entertain.”

To see more of Schmidt’s paintings and drawings, visit her Web site at www.lindakamilleschmidt.com.

“Paintings and Drawings” will be on display through Dec. 8. Regular hours for the Bethel College Fine Arts Center Gallery are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (note: the gallery will be closed Nov. 26-30 for the Thanksgiving break). There is no admission charge.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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