PERU — Sue Gillio, director of Music Suite 408, has announced that the exhibit opening and reception by local artist Carol Crane will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Music Suite 408 “PaintBox Gallery” located in the west wing of the historic Westclox Building in Peru. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
A native of Illinois, Crane began painting at an early age. Mostly self-taught, she has always been creative and enjoys all mediums, especially acrylic, watercolor, collage and mixed media. Her family, and the Ottawa Art League, have been very influential in her evolving styles. She has been past president and secretary of the league and a member for more than 20 years. She gets inspiration from the Impressionists, modern artists and the Chicago Art Institute. She also likes to visit Door County, Wis., and has been to Maui. Looking at natural forms up close then making them look abstract is very creative to her. From flowers and seed pods in her garden to coral in Hawaii, she is never at a loss for interesting material.
Crane uses her own photos of plants, flowers, scenery and found objects. Using Photoshop to crop and adjust color and hues she can make unique compositions that become very abstract in the final design. Sometimes detailed drawings are done but usually she draws the design on the canvas. Then with a technique she calls Golden Textured Abstracts, she uses a glue gun to go over the pencil lines. This gives a controlled, textured look. She can then apply the acrylic paint. She mixes her many colors for a smooth flowing look. When dry the last step is the gold leafing pen over the raised areas and black ink is then used to embellish the work. Different brands of acrylic are used on canvas and acrylic paper.
Crane has been in many local shows over the years, receiving ribbons and winning the member’s show in her art league. She has taken art classes in Door County at The Clearing and likes to share her ideas and experience with all ages. She has taught the elderly and children and loves to see the look on someone’s face when they learn to paint for the first time.
Crane has greeting cards for all occasions with reproductions from many of her works. You can see more of her creations at local shows, the Lock 16 Canal shop on First Street in LaSalle, the new Elegant Home Gallery in Utica, Clark’s Run in Utica and Jeremiah Joe Coffee in the 807 Building, LaSalle Street, Ottawa. For dates of local shows, visit www.ottawaartleague.org.