The works of two local artists will be featured in the second exhibit of Lakeland College's Bradley Gallery season.
Agata Augustine and Liz Lange will discuss their work during an opening reception at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.
The exhibit will be in the Bradley Gallery in the college's Bradley Fine Arts Building through Dec. 11. The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the college is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
Lange, a Sheboygan resident and Air Force veteran, earned a bachelor's degree in art in 2010 from Lakeland, where she studied studio arts and graphic design.
Since then, her line of work has taken her on a fascinating journey of assisting art conservators and archivists, designing vector art and graphic layouts, being commissioned for paintings and providing guidance to those wanting to integrate more of the visual arts into their own practices.
Lange dabbles in various hands-on media ranging from acrylic painting to metalwork, but her true passion lies in the materials and techniques of oil painting. The content of her work usually centers on representational portrayals of urban and suburban landscapes and the overlooked elements within.
Liz has led various introductory painting and printing workshops, and is an active member of the art community in Sheboygan. She is the resident artist at Sheboygan North High School for the fall 2015 semester.
"Lately, my work has become more of a deeper exploration of the materials and techniques of oil painting," Lange said. "I attempt to depart from a meaningful scene, avoiding a faithful reproduction of my source imagery, and, in doing so, I find myself enjoying the process much more. My latest paintings have been as much about working the paint and the raw materials as they've been about the visual outcome, or the image I began working from."
Augustine, of Plymouth, works as an art instructor at Obraz Art Studio in Elkhart Lake, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and for the Plymouth Arts Foundation. A native of Poland, she received a master of arts in painting at W. Strzeminski's Academy of Fine Art & Design in Lodz, Poland.
She has worked as a movie set artist and a freelance interior decorator in addition to her 20 years of individual and group teaching. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Wisconsin and Poland.
"For me the most interesting art works are including things just suggested or things which are not painted but are implied and somehow visibly exist," Augustine said. "It is much the same as a musician who can play or compose something that makes you hear notes that are not really being played. I try to create to achieve a similar impact on my viewer with my art. I play with my viewers' imagination because I trust them. I know that they can see."