April in South Dakota marks the end of wintery brown and gray, and the re-emergence of color and life. This month’s exhibition at the BrickHouse features Jane Ryder and Lacey Lee, two artists who work with bright colors and the cycles of the natural world. We hope that you can make it out this one-night-only art & music event in Downtown Madison titled, ‘Instinct’. The artists will be in attendance and live music will be performed by Madison’s own Nathan Edwards.
Jane Ryder will be traveling to Madison from Oskaloosa, Iowa for this exhibition. She describes her paintings as, “explorations of the evolution of land, life, and its struggles to survive.” Within her paintings he creates environments where plants, animals, insects and the earth are completely entangled. These insightful images remind us of both the interconnectedness and the brutality of nature. At this exhibition, Jane will be unveiling for the first time a large wall installation titled ‘Iowa Diary’ that she has been working on for over a year.
Jane received her Masters of Fine Art from Northern Illinois University, and now works as a professional artist. She exhibits extensively and has had solo exhibitions across the Midwest and in Chicago. You can see a preview of her work at her website: www.janeryder.com
Lacey Lee, of Sioux Falls, will be joining us to present her colorful abstract paintings that are both expressive and humorous. Her loosely figurative and jam-packed compositions are alive with color and movement. She describes herself as, “an ever changing ever evolving person,” and that progression is obvious in her paintings.
Lacey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from University of South Dakota, and since then has been working as a professional artist. Her work has been exhibited across the region, and her pieces are currently in the collection of the Avera Westkota Memorial Medical Center and University of South Dakota private art collection. Her work can be seen online here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/laceylee
We at the Madison Area Arts Council hope you can make it out to support these great emerging artists and our organization. This event is free, and is open to all ages. It takes place Thursday April 14th from 7pm – 9pm at the BrickHouse Community Art Center.