Lanesboro Arts presents “Beauty in Simple Things,” an exhibition of still-life oil paintings by Patricia Schu. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 6-8 p.m., and runs through June 17, 2018. The reception will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music. Always free and open to the public, the Lanesboro Arts Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday through April 28. The gallery will also be open on Sundays from 11-4 p.m. beginning on April 29.
A Minnesota native, Schu was born in Minneapolis, where she now lives with her husband Carl and cat Goldie. Her love of art emerged as a child and has continued throughout her adult years. Although many of those years were spent working and raising her three children, she would eventually set aside time for art classes at various local colleges. As time moved on, so did the kids, and Schu was able to retire after 26 years in the financial services industry. The possibility of full-time art became a reality.
After checking out several art schools, Schu enrolled in part-time classes at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art (formerly known as The Atelier Lack) in Minneapolis. Within a month, those part-time classes led to full-time studies. Using the techniques of the “old masters” in an environment of master artist/apprentice is the primary instructional method of this program. The fundamental principles of realistic drawing and painting in the classical style are emphasized throughout the four-year program, which Schu completed in May 2010.
Embracing a range of subjects, Schu’s paintings include figures, portraits, landscapes, and most prominently still lifes. She is at her best when painting compositions of everyday objects or scenes that tell a story and reveal a bit about herself. Drawing inspiration from the many artists who came before her, Schu strives to share the beauty that she sees in the ordinary stuff of life by creating her artwork in the quiet solitude of her home studio.
For Schu, the process of setting up a still life that has meaning, or reflects the emotion or beauty she is trying to reflect, can be very time consuming. Much time is initially spent simply pondering possibilities. “I search for items that represent humanity in some way … old well-used or loved items, or the mundane objects of daily living that have a beauty of their own,” Schu shared.
While many of Schu’s paintings involve long hours and several layers of paint, a few of the paintings in this exhibition are studies completed in one or two painting sessions. Schu’s studies do not have the same level of detail, but often reflect a spirit and liveliness that is more unique to quicker methods. Overall, Schu enjoys the versatility of working with oil paint and the level of detail, atmosphere and texture that is possible. She added, “Working in many layers contributes to a depth and richness of color unique to oil paint … and the creamy, buttery texture of the paint is wonderful!”
For more information visit www.lanesboroarts.org, call 507-467-2446, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Handicap-accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.