More and more people are going to group events indoors, and you can tip your toe in the water at the art show opening this week. Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission is having their 2nd quarter art show on April 6, Wednesday, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., and you are invited to the opening event. The featured artist at the Lyons Community Library is Anita Miller. Also, the theme of the public art displayed at Lyons Town Hall is “Joy – Where Do You Find It?“. See below for more details.
Anita Miller shares her life’s art at Library
The town of Lyons art scene has been kind to artist Anita Miller. She felt the urge to do more outdoor sculptures and went to the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission for support. It resulted in the Bell of Renewal, placed at the edge of Bohn Park, and the seven-foot bear sculpture on the corner of the Lyons Community Library property. Now she is having her first solo art show at the library from April through early July. The show will display her growth and change in styles over her career, to date.
“My first motivation to try out art was that I wanted to be able to draw portraits of my babies,” said Anita. She had previously been a professional singer, and she had no ambition to move into the art world. The first nibbles of drawing drew her into doing exercises from the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” Her friends liked what they saw and encouraged her to continue her studies. She went to the Columbus College of Art & Design for two years, which gave her the foundation of traditional art work.
She decided to rent some space as a private studio and needed to pay the rent. So, she began to teach art classes for beginners. She feels she is always learning, both from doing it, and from her students.
“I was teaching a student and tears began to stream down her face,” said Anita. “I asked her why, and she said it was her first time to really see a leaf. Before that she had seen it as what we label is a leaf. But now she could observe it… see shapes, color, lines, and more. I also began to experience the same thing, and things just snowballed. The more things I learned to do, I could see overlap into other work I did. I do every craft, like sewing, and I use it in other work, like the use of fabric.”
Anita said that she hasn’t had a solo show before because she doesn’t produce much art. She paints when and what she loves. In recent years, she has done plein air pieces (painting outside), a set of porcelain pots, and a fabric collage. During COVID-restrictions, she painted a portrait of a doctor during the 1800s plaque when they would wear their trademark face masks with only slots for the eyes, and a long birdlike beak. These will be on display.
Sculptor and painter Anita Miller, Lyons, has worked with people who suffered from post traumatic stress (PTS) and found that art was an excellent way to touch their souls. She has worked with veterans and families of the fallen to create a traveling memorial, “Eyes of Freedom.” She is best known across the nation for her sculpture Silent Battle, which was inspired by an army veteran of the Iraq war who was struggling with thoughts of suicide and depression, called Eyes of Freedom. She will be bringing the Veteran’s piece to the Lyons library in July 2022.
Anita’s art can also be seen in two prominent places in Lyons (1.) next to the pedestrian bridge, on the west end of Bohn Park. Her bronze sculpture there, a collaboration with James Moore, called the Bell of Remembrance, is dedicated to the losses of the 2013 flood and the following hopeful emergence. (2.) the seven foot tall bear on the corner in front of the Lyons Regional Library, with a boy resting in its lap, reading a (blue) book. More of her art can be seen at www.anitamillerartist.com.
LAHC sponsored art activities in town
MESSAGE FROM LAHC
The next Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission’s (LAHC) Lyons Regional Library Art Show, Perpetually Creative, will reflect local artist Anita Miller’s artistic development over her impressive and eclectic decades-long career. Her story will unfold through the use of descriptive placards posted beneath each of her 2D and 3D pieces displayed. (Thanks to the combined efforts of Kara Bauman, Library Director, and Jacob Leeuwenburgh, the LAHC’s Library Art Shows’ official installer). Also, the newest opening LAHC Town Hall Art Show is themed, Joy – Where Do You Find It? Both displays will be available to view until early July.
On Wednesday April 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the tandem opening reception for both of these LAHC Art Shows is coming up at the Lyons Regional Library. These openings are free quarterly public events that showcase local music, culinary delights, and arts of all ilk. Attendees are encouraged to stroll between the Library and Town Hall to view the freshly installed art exhibits at each venue. Musician with Lyons’ roots, Enion Pelta-Tiller of Taarka, will start around 5:20. A break for welcoming statements and introductions is slated for around 5:45. Offerings from Moxie Mercantile, as well as wine and beer, will be on hand. Donations to the LAHC are always appreciated to help perpetuate the growing array of arts ongoings around town. All art on display, unless otherwise noted, is for sale and easy “how to purchase” information will be on hand at the event
LIBRARY: Daniel Strawn’s solo show is next on the LAHC Lyons Regional Library Art Shows’ docket, followed by a group show featuring creations by LAHC board members, past and present, October through January. If you have served as a commissioner on the LAHC in the past, no matter how long of a duration, please reach out to the contact provided below.
TOWN HALL: For those who like to work in advance, upcoming themes for these community shows include: Thirst – Water, Water Everywhere?; Thanks. Giving. – ‘Tis the season; Cultivating Change; and Oh, the places you’ve gone!
DROP OFF & PICK UP
The newest opening LAHC Town Hall Art Show is themed, Joy – Where Do You Find It? Artists of all ages and stages from the Lyons area are encouraged to deliver to Town Hall up to 5 pieces of ready-to-wall hang creative responses to the theme (including paintings, photography, poetry, prose, fabric and collages, ceramics, etc.) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday April 1. Works from the current Town Hall Art show, Free For All – Whatever Floats Your Particular Boat, are also to be picked up at this time.
If anyone knows of area artists who’d like to be considered as a solo artist or as part of a small group show in an upcoming LAHC Lyons Regional Library Art Show – or – if anyone has questions, needs guidance in preparing work for these shows, has suggestions or ideas for themes, culinary purveyors, musicians, or any other input, please contact the LAHC Art Shows’ coordinator, Chrystal DeCoster, at 401-301-1212 or via chrystaldecoster@gmailcom.