Artists’ Own plans a year of celebration with these upcoming shows.

2020 Exhibits and Events

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Jul 17 - Aug 15

Detrit-US
Tracy Smoll Sponsor Diana May

Tracy Smoll lives in West Lafayette and is currently an MFA Candidate at Purdue University. She is a second year student in Studio Arts with a specialization in Ceramics.

Much of her work is based on the idea that detritus in a neighborhood tells a story, particularly at this point in history referred to as the Anthropocene, the first geological age in which humans are dominant forces on the climate and environment. The waste is a narrative of anxiety or security, abundance or deficit, the superfluous or only the necessary. Smoll maps neighborhoods, collects detritus on daily walks and documents her findings. Identifying as a research artist, her process also includes sketching and researching her findings before using primarily natural materials to create her work. It was in this way that she noticed the ash borer beetles destroying many trees on the Happy Hollow Park trail. The beautiful bark that comes from these invasive, human-transported beetles was inspiration for her large wood, pastel and charcoal works.

Most recently, her work was selected for Manifest Gallery’s show, “Master Pieces”. Her work was one of twelve, out of a field of 228 pieces submitted. She has also exhibited with her fellow graduate students in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Gallery at Purdue University, as well as at OCOSA Collective in Austin, Texas.

Opening Reception: Jul 17
6:00 - 9:00 pm with Gallery Walk


Aug 21 - Sep 18

Up North
Sonya Thomas & Dale Whittaker

Up North is a state of mind or place of endearment. It’s a less populated area, filled with woods and lakes - a place to relax and refresh – to see and feel the natural world - where the pace is slower and the pleasures simpler.

This exhibit highlights the natural wonders specific to the north. From lofty Balsam Pines to White Birch trees as far as the eye can see. Northerners are beckoned by the beautiful call of the Loon, serene snow covered landscapes – surrounded by brilliant sky blue waters. These are some of the special experiences to be discovered Up North!

Dale Whittaker:
Dale’s inspiration comes from Madeline Island, in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior where he currently resides.
His primary medium is Watercolor and ink.

Sonya Thomas:
Sonya’s inspiration comes from growing up in Minnesota and visits to Northern Wisconsin and Michigan.
Her primary medium is Pastel.

Closing Reception: Sep 18
6:00 - 9:00 pm with Gallery Walk


Sep 25 - Oct 24

Nature’s Design: Trees of the Canadian Maritimes
David and Janet Elmore

Nature’s Design: Trees of the Canadian Maritimes, features photographic images of the trees of three Canadian Provinces, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia during July, August, and September of 2019. While hiking trails along the coast and in nearby forests, David and Janet Elmore noticed the striking lichen patterns on trees along the trails. The natural design, colors, and forms of the lichen and bark with all their incredible beauty are captured in a special printing process using archival inks on a smooth photo cloth.

Prints, as well as custom lamps with photo lampshades, will be featured in the show.
On the web: davidelmore.com and photo-lamps.com

Reception: TBD