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A reception for Durango artist Louise Grunewald will be held on Sunday, February 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Program Rooms 1 and 2 at the new Durango Public Library.
This date marks the opening of her solo exhibit entitled "Excerpts", which will run for the months of February and March. The show is a retrospective, highlighting some of her work as a professional artist over the past thirty years. On Wednesday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Durango Public Library , Grunewald will give a one-hour slide talk entitled "Traveling the Artistic Road" which chronicles the choices, challenges, and directions of her life as an artist. Louise Grunewald is a calligrapher, painter, and printmaker living in Durango. She teaches workshops for calligraphy guilds around the United States and at the International Calligraphy Conferences. Her work is included in numerous private collections and in the permanent collection at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. She has operated her design studio, Western Hands, since 1980 as a commercial lettering artist and greeting card designer. Louise is currently focusing on her own art (solar plate printmaking, painting, and small books which she authors and handletters), and teaching. Her work can be seen at the Works on Paper Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Tin Moon Gallery in Abiquiu, New Mexico, and in the Gallery Shop of the Durango Arts Center.
These are only 3 out of 21 new drawings by Louise Grunewald on display at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.
The drawings blaze with energy and contrast strikingly with a companion body of work 26 small-scale solar plate etchings. Shown together under the title Kinaesthetics, Grunewalds parallel explorations forcefully delve into emotion and experience in unusual ways. Grunewald is an extraordinary artist who was trained in the fine arts, encountered the discipline of calligraphy and enjoyed a long and successful career as a calligrapher and greeting-card designer. For years, her daring and sophisticated style found its way into cards and posters and became part of the transformation of the industry. The same fresh and inventive approach is on display at FLC in these two new bodies of highly personal abstract work. In the empire of calligraphy, lines are king. In time, Grunewald liberated lines to become a force for personal expression. Grunewald has chosen to work with a limited palette. Other self-imposed restrictions go deeper. In her artist statement she clarifies her guidelines: two kinds of ink, walnut and sumi; two colors, cadmium orange and manganese blue; a few pencils of varying hardness, standard size Rives BFK paper. These are the restrictions of an artist who understands that the tighter the confines, the more creative the challenge. Her etching guidelines boiled down to: one letter per one small square; plus black, white and grey. Grunewald concentrated on these two projects for three years, from professor Chad Colbys invitation to exhibit to the shows opening last week. Publicly, and in her artists statement, Grunewald said she realized three years ago she was stuck. Her mother had died, and the grief process found the artist virtually frozen in place. One day, she said, she just started to draw random lines, loose turns and cascades of tumbling pencil dust. Flow, which is mounted on the main wall along with seven other drawings, apparently unlocked some unhidden energy, she said. On Friday, at the opening of her solo exhibition, Grunewald said privately that she was done. She had finished what she set out to do. Kinaesthetics, new drawings and etchings by Louise Grunewald, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, through Feb. 25.
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Our Keynote Speaker will be renowned calligrapher, painter, and printmaker Louise Grunewald.
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