Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois, will feature artist Robin Edmundson in its June show set to open at 5 p.m. CDT on Saturday.
Edmundson paints everyday rural things in new ways with bold and unusual colors, using simplified shapes and lines to emphasize the patterns and rhythms of rural life.
Edmundson grew up in northern Indiana in an old farmhouse on a property full of old farm buildings. Her early goal was to learn as many languages as she could. In college, she quickly found linguistics and earned a Ph.D. in that field. She taught in various capacities at Indiana University for 27 years. Always looking for creative outlets to balance her academic life, she learned to dye and weave and became an award-winning fiber artist.
In 2011, Edmundson began blogging about rural life in southern Indiana. It took her a while to realize that she was still searching for a language that could express some things she wanted to say about life in rural southern Indiana. She finally figured out that the language she was looking for was one of paint, color and line instead of words. Nothing makes Edmundson happier than to communicate through her paintings her deep love and respect for the unruly places and people of rural Indiana.
GAC’s gallery will give away a children’s art class to an adult attending the premier. A coupon to the Main Street Supper Club will be given to all patrons attending the opening reception.