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Olson explores universal connections in her portraiture

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 20:31
Julia Olson, "Morocco"

The exhibition currently in Bethel College’s Regier Art Gallery reflects a winding road through different parts of the world and different expressions of one person’s art.

Julia Olson’s exhibit “Hidden Conversations through Portraiture” will be in the gallery through Nov. 18, with the artist reception on Nov. 17 at the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

Olson began drawing “faces that made sense” at age 2. She pursued an art education, studying illustration with an emphasis on fashion.

An eye on the environment leads Ediger to create new art form

Submitted by mzuercher on Sun, 10/02/2022 - 19:56
Glowing Prairie by Glen Ediger

“Environmental Exposure,” now in the Regier Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center, represents what is very likely a new genre – pieces of metal or wood on which the environment has created the design.

Glen Ediger’s exhibit opened Sept. 30 and will be up through Oct. 21.

Ediger, of North Newton, retired in 2015 after 30 years as director of design at Vornado Air, where he was involved in the design, engineering and development of Vornado products.

Artist’s use of light is both old and new

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 02/07/2022 - 10:46
Painting by Ernest Vincent Wood III

Last chance to see Ernest Vincent Wood III’s exhibit of oils, “Do Not Despise the Day of Small Things,” in the Regier Art Gallery – and plan to attend the artist reception this evening between 6 and 8 p.m.

Wood’s “sensitive use of light and realism” bring to 2022 the 17th-century technique of the Roman Caravaggisti and still-life artists of the Dutch Baroque – “with a contemporary twist of innuendo that makes an Old-World technique relevant,” according to the artist’s website.

Exhibit represents something new in hymnal publishing

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 11/09/2021 - 15:42
Detail from "Communion" by Dona Park

Don't miss the last chance to see “Voices Together,” an exhibit of original artwork from the hymnal of the same title, in the Regier Gallery, closing this Friday.

The exhibit currently in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center is something out of the ordinary in that it marks the first time a Mennonite hymnal has included visual art in its pages.

Printmakers support Vannatta’s vision for a world free of fear and violence

Submitted by mzuercher on Fri, 10/08/2021 - 12:21
Detail from a print by Kathleen Schroeder, member of the Springdale Printmakers

This is the last chance to see "Roots and Wings: Our Gifts from Mother Nature" in the Regier Art Gallery, open Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The exhibit of prints by various artists and sculpture by Beth Vannatta, in the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center, closes Friday, Oct. 22.

Vannatta's vision and passion is also displayed, enhanced by a group of artists who got together to support that vision.

Vannatta, a retired art teacher from Halstead, has devoted her time in recent years to sculpture and to speaking out against war and violence.

McNary’s work in wood an expression of care for the world’s hungry

Submitted by mzuercher on Thu, 09/02/2021 - 17:49
Turned wood by Rick McNary

This is the last day to see Rick McNary's exhibit "Doing Good with Wood" in the Regier Art Gallery, with the closing reception tonight, Thursday, Sept. 16, 6- 8 p.m.

So how did a man probably best known for his efforts to combat world hunger end up with an exhibit in the Bethel gallery?

Surprisingly – or maybe not so much – those two facts are related.

Through Sept. 16, the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus is home to “Doing Good with Wood,” turned wood pieces by Rick McNary of Potwin.

New work calls on memories and artifacts from the past

Submitted by mzuercher on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:41
Detail from "The Vineyard" by Denise Brueggeman

Denise Brueggeman’s exhibit now in the Regier Art Gallery is new, and yet not new.

“Noir + More” is in the gallery located in Luyken Fine Arts Center. The artist reception is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6-8 p.m. (Please note that face coverings must be worn, and distancing protocols observed, on the Bethel campus.)

“All this work has been done in 2019 and 2020,” Brueggeman says. “There are a few pieces I started years ago, but looking at them, I reworked them so I like them more. Artists tend to evolve over time, so that probably isn’t unusual.”

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