Palouse artist to exhibit work in NIC's Corner Gallery

Northwest artist Katherine Nelson will display her drawings in an exhibit titled “More Inspiration” Oct. 2 through 27 in the North Idaho College Boswell Hall Corner Gallery.
The exhibit includes charcoal drawings based on aerial photographs of the Palouse taken by Nelson, who lives in Colbert, Wash., as well as landscapes of a road that bends through the wheat fields in her backyard.
“The images are authentic landscapes from a topographical view,” Nelson said. “I found in their enlargements a sense of ambiguity as if I were also creating images of organic subjects as well. The topography appears like bark, brains, cabbage—anything which is other than Palouse as if a close-up view. I also know these are, just as anything, the abstract emotional landscape of the mind. It is all in how you view things from the larger perspective or a microcosmic view of things up close.”
In this exhibit, Nelson also cuts and rearranges old art works to create new images with the pieces. The gallery exhibit also includes drawings based on photographs taken of ravens in which the birds take on human qualities and situations.
Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and a master’s degree in drawing from New York State University in Albany. She was born in The Hague in The Netherlands and has traveled worldwide before moving to the Palouse about four years ago.
Nelson’s preferred medium is charcoal.
“Charcoal is a means for me to both visually express and create the drama I see in the environments around me,” Nelson said. “I can depart from color without sacrificing elements of light, value, shape, texture and thereby, further exaggerate the subject. Charcoal is technically a dry medium, but I find it to be totally liquid as I manipulate it across the surface of my paper. It is also the most illuminating medium as I spend just as much time erasing the image as adding to it to create a finished art work.”
The opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the gallery. A gallery walk with the artist will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3 followed by a slide lecture presentation at 1 p.m. in Boswell Hall Room 102.
Corner Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Information: (208) 769-3276.

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NIC Art Instructor/Corner Gallery Coordinator Allie Vogt, (208) 769-3427

Posted: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006

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