UW-S exhibit celebrates place

The Sheboygan community is invited to visit the latest exhibition at The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan featuring oil on canvas as well as watercolor paintings by artist, Edmund Dy.

The colorful exhibition titled “A Sense of Place” is open January 20 through February 24, 2017 with a special art reception planned for Thursday, February 2 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Much of the art in this exhibition is inspired by Dy’s travels throughout Wisconsin, as well as visits to national parks in western United States and to places as far away as Denmark and Russia. From a Texas rodeo to a Danish scene in Copenhagen.

Dy, a self-taught artist, first captures favorite images with his camera and then uses those images to develop his paintings, spending several hours each week on his creative endeavors.

Edmund, who has been painting or drawing since he was a child, noted that “for many artists, it is a drive to create that motivates. It's not a rational or necessary activity like breathing or eating, but it's hard to imagine a life without it. The drive to create permeates the day. At odd times you think to yourself - how do I draw this or that's a particularly striking image - or will this make a good painting?” Ed gets a sense of what works and lets others codify the "rules of art." He further explains, “the drive to produce is a wonderful, dreadful feeling - you finish the work and you get a sense of release and satisfaction. Then it comes again - the longing and the questioning - until you produce again. It's actually much more fascinating and exciting of a process than this short explanation would have you believe!”

A resident of Sheboygan, Edmund is “fortunate to have a steady job (at VA clinic in Cleveland), so I don't need to worry about what sells,” leaving him to focus on what pleases him.

The Fine Arts Gallery is open to the public, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is located inside the Fine Arts Building on the UW Sheboygan campus located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. Gallery hours are: Monday- Thursday 8am-9pm and Friday 8am-6pm. It is open to the public and admission is free. For more information about the exhibition, please contact dan.smith@uwc.edu. For directions or more information about the campus, visit, www.sheboygan.uwc.edu

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