Art Gallery

Current Exhibit: April SouthOlson

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The LSSU Arts Center Gallery is pleased to present the works of Michigan artist April South-Olson during August and September. April South-Olson uses the layered effect found in encaustic painting as an exploration of growth, character, and the passage of time. Encaustic technique is also known as hot wax painting, which typically adds colored pigments to heated beeswax. The mixture is applied to wood in layers, but canvas and other base materials work just as well.

“The encaustic medium allows me to layer the work and develop a history within the piece,” says South-Olson in an artist statement. “Each layer helps create the next by guiding the bristles of the brush around elevations and into the deficits. Color from previous layers bleed into the next giving direction to the final surface.”

South-Olson lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, spending her time, “exercising a peaceful laziness, sitting in a porch swing while my children play in the yard, deriving inspiration from clouds drifting by, the only driving force I need to spend hours a day in the studio.”

Upcoming Exhibits

  • Sara Bagley (Northern Exposure Sponsored Event) — October 2017Sara Bagley Poster
    Sara Bagley’s exhibit Two Faces of Sara will be shown at the LSSU Art Center Gallery from October 3rd through November 30th.
    A reception will be held on Thursday, October 12 from 5pm to 7pm, as well as during Great Lake State Weekend – On Saturday, October 14 from 2pm to 4pm.

Past Exhibits

Helga Flower — July 2017

Helga Flower exhibit

Noted artist Helga Flower stands next to Enchantment, a piece in acrylic that is one of 60 paintings on mixed media being displayed in Lake Superior State University’s Arts Center Gallery in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., through July. A native of Munich, Germany, Helga studied art in Germany, Canada, and all over the United States, She now teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops all over the United States and abroad with annual workshops in Florida and Mackinac Island. Flower maintains studios in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and Clewiston, Fla.

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Location: Inside Arts Center, east end of building on main floor.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon – 4pm; Thursday from 2 – 6pm.

Email acgallery@lssu.edu to inquire about special arrangements to visit the gallery during closed hours.

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5×7 Art Competition and Show Fundraiser

April 20 through May 31