Jane Michalski and Leslie Sobel are two artists who explore their personal observations and concern for the earth using inventive abstract forms. Both artists employ encaustic wax medium on paper and panel, often combined with printing techniques. Earthforms: Michalski & Sobel, will take place in the South Shore Arts Atrium Gallery of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana from January 8th through March 8th, 2020. The artists reception is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 3 pm.
Sobel approaches her artistic interpretation of the effects of climate change through scientific understanding. From Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has traveled to distant locations, including the Eclipse Ice Field to observe the landscape directly. Her work in this exhibition references both high latitudes and watersheds. She aims to explore both scientific understanding of how the world is changing and the grief felt at mounting losses in the anthropocene.
A resident of Chicago for many years, Michalski has used a single location, an outcropping of ancient bedrock along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, as the inspiration for her personal abstractions. Her observations of this place have evolved through an understanding of the changing nature of the lakefront in contrast to the enduring presence of the bedrock. Her layered paintings reflect formal concerns and metaphorical interest in her subject matter.
South Shore Arts serves as the Regional Arts Partner for Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, the state’s second most populous region. More than 20 exhibitions fill three South Shore Arts galleries each year, showcasing regional, national and international artists and cultures. The Center for Visual and Performing Arts is a multi-purpose facility built by Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. to support the cultural and educational needs of the region. The 72,660-square-foot facility, which opened in 1989, provides services for meetings, seminars, banquets, weddings, dinners, theater and fine arts.
Bridget Covert, Director Of Exhibitions Phone 219/836.1839, ext. 103 Fax 219/836.1863