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Valeria Watkins Art Exhibit During Black History Month

by Angel Rivera on 2017-02-03T13:17:42-05:00 in African Americans, Hutchins Library, Art & Art History | Comments

Hutchins Library is hosting the solo art exhibit of Dr. Valeria Watkins titled "liberation." This winter art exhibit features 20 abstract pieces by the artist new for 2016. The exhibit is on display in the library's main floor. The exhibit may be viewed during library regular hours. It is free and open to the public.

In addition, we would like to invite the community to a reception and talk  with  the artist, Dr. Watkins at the library. The reception and talk will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. This event is also free and open to the public.

Dr. Watkins provided the following artist statement for the exhibit:

Welcome to this new exhibit of paintings called “liberation” which were painted in 2016.  These new paintings are an expression of where I am in my life. They are all ABSTRACT paintings which I love, because it is a language all its own. I believe Abstract helps to uncover something wonderful within the viewer and the artist.

 I am tapping into that creative spark within while making a visual image on the canvas.  Setting aside all distractions and self-talk allow the paintings to unlock the door from within.

I don’t see images and I don’t try to do anything. My greatest challenge with painting is to not stifle the creative process with details or thoughts of trying to do something. I become engage with the colors allowing the strokes and movement of the tools I use to shape and form the patterns with the paint. I am excited about repurposing used products so that they influence the texture and ultimately the painting. Those pieces are designated as multi-media.

Thank you for viewing this work and I hope it will speak to you as it has to me.  It is a journey of discovery with me hoping you will be able to go beyond what you have been conditioned to see. Enjoy the colors, experience the energy, find the images and experience something wonderful.

Have fun with the journey!


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