"The sky is always there" by Lenore Thomas will be on display in UW-Baraboo/Sauk County's James A. Schwalbach Gallery from September 3 through October 17. Thomas is a Pennsylvania-based artist who creates mixed-media prints and paintings, recreating the observed landscape with layers of overlapping abstract shapes.
Grounded in pastoral Midwestern topography, this most recent landscape series has grown to include rural sites of Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia. Through sketches, Photoshop experimentation, and color choices, she translates photographs of landscapes into basic shapes and forms creating a ﬂat, geometric interpretation of the original. The ﬂexibility of printmaking fosters this investigation; through multiple plate etchings and screenprinting she can build an image with a dozen or more layers in one piece.
Originally from Milwaukee, Thomas has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina and Malaysia. Her artwork is represented by and can be seen at Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. She is co-director of Red Rocket Gallery, a virtual gallery space that highlights the work of emerging artists. Thomas received her MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Religious Studies and BA in Fine Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Vader, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Schwalbach Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, please visit www.baraboo.uwc.edu.