Oil painter featured at cultural center

An oil Painting by Joyce Garner

By Herald Staff

JASPER — Jasper Community Arts will present the work of oil painter Joyce Garner of Louisville, Kentucky, for the months of September and October at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.

Garner’s wall-sized canvases let her explore the complexity of family through time. “I was born in Kentucky and stayed on for family," Garner said. "Moving to the biggest city gave me arts community.

“My paintings are filled with hopes, regrets, and wishes — about the past and the future," Garner added. "They are like an ancestry chart or family tree where each choice branches onward ... emotional dialogues. The interactions are not just within a family but with a family history, which includes society at large and our natural world. Working big lets me paint novels rather than poems. But I’m an emotional artist rather than intellectual, and it comes out in the color."

She said her intent for her work is that she loves sitting in front of a piece in the mornings with a hot tea in her hands, and then she lets her mind go.

"I want art that gives me a place to go," she said.

Garner is an award-winning artist represented by Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art Gallery and New Editions Gallery. Garner received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1968.

First Thursday Opening Reception and Gallery Talk by the artist will be held in the gallery at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center from 5 to 7 p.m. with food catered by local restaurant, Pub N Grub. A recording of the Gallery Talk will be available via the Jasper Community Arts Facebook page.

The galleries at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, located at 100 Third Ave., Suite A, Jasper, are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. School groups, clubs and students are welcome. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

For more information, call 812-482-3070. Jasper Community Arts is a department of the City of Jasper. JCA is supported in part by Friends of the Arts, Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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