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Foster Gallery to open 'Meditation on Trees' exhibit Feb. 23

February 20, 2012
 
"Ghost Tree" by Stephen Duren.
EAU CLAIRE — The art exhibit "Meditation on Trees" will be on display at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from Feb. 23-March 15 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The opening reception will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 23.

The art selected for this exhibition explores the poetic beauty of trees.

On exhibit will be 70 artworks, composed of Ladislav Hanka's richly dark intaglio etchings, Stephen Duren's sunlight infused oil paintings, Stephen Klassen's totemic sculptures and paintings, and Mary Brodbeck's serene moku hanga woodcuts.

Sandra Lee Starck, associate professor of art and design, curated the exhibit. Her interest in trees, particularly the few remaining old growth forests of the world, prompted her to find relevant work for an exhibit that embodies a celebration of the spirit of the living, recognition of time passing, a reverence for weather-induced ambience, and an allusion to the mythic dimension.

 
"Ancient Cedar" by Ladislav Hanka.
"As you view the artworks, may they urge you to stand in wonder of the simple and the universal," Starck said.

Starck said the words of Hal Borland, American author and journalist who wrote outdoor editorials for more than 30 years, echo the sentiments that fueled her desire to curate the exhibition.

"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees," Starck said, quoting Borland.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends.

For more information, visit the Foster Gallery website or contact Tom Wagener at wagenetk@uwec.edu or Sandra Lee Starck at starcksl@uwec.edu.

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