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Austin College Art Exhibit Examines ?Surface?
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Posted: 2/18/2014 Views: 3610  Impressions: 14090
Categories: Education, Entertainment: Events, Entertainment: The Arts

SHERMAN, TEXAS-The Austin College Department of Art and Art History hosts the exhibition "Surface" by artist Sherie Lehman now through March 21 in Dennis Gallery of the College's Forster Art Complex. The Betsy Dennis Forster Art Studio Complex is located on the north side of campus. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 903.813.2048. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Lehman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in weaving at North Texas State University in 1984 (now University of North Texas). Through time and travels, she developed a method to channel her love of color and texture through photographing the weathered walls of third world countries. Upon moving to mid-coast Maine in 2000, Lehman found inspiration in the neglected and scarred fishing boats sitting in local boatyards.

Her work has been exhibited in The Button Factory Art Collective in Waldoboro, Maine, and in private collections. The artist lives in South Thomaston, Maine.

"The close-up view of a surface reveals the truth of it-the scratches and scars as well as layers of materials such as stucco, paint, or fiberglass expose past lives," Lehman said. "With my camera I isolate colors, textures, and compositions left on a surface from periods of weathering, deterioration, neglect, or repair while, at the same time, recording a surface at a particular moment in time before it transitions into something else."

She said that small details that one wouldn't ordinarily catch in the overall view usually pull her in for a closer look. "It is a hunting process for me-looking through the camera lens and combing a surface for a contrasting color, an interesting texture, or a simple line or curve," Lehman said. "Some of my pieces might appear representational, but that is never my intention." Instead, she said she invites the viewers to interpret the work in their own way and with their individual views.

Her background is in weaving and interest in textiles led her to visit Guatemala and its weavers several years ago. "It was there that I began photographing beautifully textured and colored walls," she said. "The boat hull photographs are of fishing boats hauled out of the water for winter repairs at a boat yard in Sprucehead, Maine, near where I live and continue to explore."

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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