LIMA — If you take a walk through ArtSpace/Lima’s current galleries, you just might come across a name or landscape you recognize.
Through the gates of the Ellen Nelson Gallery, you can find the work of Lafayette native Robert MaGaw. Pieces of MaGaw’s have been shown throughout town, but these 30 new pieces will be his first major exhibit in Ohio now that he has returned.
“His work is all over the world, sponsored by major galleries and museums. He gathered and painted a collection for us for this show,” ArtSpace Executive Director Sally Windle said. “It’s done within the local area and region … when people come in and look, they can identify the different places they’ve been. It has that universal feel to it.”
Upstairs you will find “She Became the Landscape / Lei Divenne il Paesaggio,” which explores how Ohio landscape has helped to influence Emily Jay and Kayla Suzanne Holdgreve.
“They take landscape into a different metaphor sense … all of what they were raised on and exposed to comes through in their work,” Windle said.
Windle said that relevance is part of ArtSpace’s goal exhibit after exhibit.
“Our mission is to educate, it’s one of the three E’s in our mission statement, and we can’t expect people to want to come in unless there’s something that’s relevant to them, to find a connection that makes them want to find out more,” she explained.
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