OWOSSO — Three artists, Ned Krouse of Haslett, Judy Munro of Rochester Hills and Tom Tomasek of Ovid, join the Shiawassee Artists’ Guild members in a new exhibit at the Shiawassee Arts Center running now through April 10.
The SAC Artists’s Guild exhibit is entitled “Spring Promises,” and members exhibiting a variety of mediums are Janet Baugher of Owosso; Linda Beeman of Ovid; Bonnie Brown of Corunna; Teresa Charette of Perry; Debbie Cole of East Lansing; Pam Coven of Ovid; Jeanne Curtis of Owosso; Lila Gerber of Owosso; Linda Hill of Owosso; Jann Johnson Lardie of Perry; Susan McGuire of Corunna; Susan Newcom of Corunna; Julie Pepple-Penfold of Perry; Pauline Petney of Owosso; Linda Ruehle of Owosso; and Tamara Sanders of Bancroft.
Krouse received his MFA in ceramics from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has taught ceramics and design courses at the college level, but his primary interest in teaching has been community education.
“This current body of work is handbuilt and has reference to the figure either in the surface decoration or in the form itself,” he said. Krouse said that his participation in weekly figure drawing sessions for the past 25 years has helped him to incorporate the figure into his ceramic work. His three-sided panel vases are slab constructed with colored slips and carved designs. The tower forms are loosely shaped with a paddle and carved to create the cubist figure forms. All of his work is raku fired.
Munro’s oil paintings are currently concentrated on spatial relationships, the geometry of the figure and common human emotions and psychology expressed through facial expressions and hand gestures. She attended Pratt Institute in New York and received a BFA from Wayne State University.
“My landscapes are a combination of observation and imagination and they reflect my feelings and impression about the color, pattern and texture of nature as it first hits my eye,” she said of her artwork. Most of Munro’s painting are done allprima — completed in one session while the paint is still wet.
A pastel artist, Tomasek will be showing a collection of landscapes that come from places throughout Michigan as well as scenes from around his home and Shiawassee County. He has had a lifelong love of drawing and painting and began exhibiting and competing in 1993 with more than 25 awards to his credit. Tomasek considers himself primarily a self-taught artist, however, he studied pastel technique with the late artist, Jerry Power.
“I feel these paintings have a dual purpose. First would be to take the viewer to the spot and give a feeling and a sense of place. The second purpose is an attempt to inspire an appreciation for the everyday scenes that surround us,” he said. Tomasek hopes that the viewer takes time to enjoy the interaction between land, sky, water and light. In addition to private collections, Tomasek’s work can be found in public buildings and corporate collection. Currently, three paintings are on exhibit in the Michigan Governors Residence in Lansing until August.
The Shiawassee Arts Center is located at 206 Curwood Castle Dr. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. The Shiawassee Arts Council, celebrating its 39th anniversary in 2011, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. For more information about the exhibit call the Arts Center at 989-723-8354 or visit www.shiawasseearts.org. — Natalie Blythe