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Local Female Artists On Display at Ohio University Lancaster


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An art exhibition featuring the work of several local artists is on display in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts at Ohio University Lancaster beginning in March. An Artists’ reception will be held Friday, March 17 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free.

trisha clifford-sprouse
Trisha Clifford-Sprouse is a contemporary fine artist whose mission is to promote the arts as an integral part of our lives. “At the very core of my being, I believe that art is an outward manifestation of our inner beliefs, thoughts, values, and identity; both in the arts that we surround ourselves with and the arts that we create,” she said. “The arts are the components of our lives that remain long after a person is gone. They are the remembrances of our story. Our paintings, music, sculptures, and photos tell about our passions, tragedies, faith, love, and losses.”

Lucy Johnson
Johnson is a freshman biology major at Ohio University Lancaster. “Art has always been and will continue to be a staple in my life (pun intended). I held an art scholarship to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio for 12 years. Thus, Art has always been there in the backdrop, kind of guiding my hand at life,” she said. “Life is too short to live without fun and color, so I encourage everyone to art up our world. Inspiration is everywhere and uniqueness is sadly underappreciated- thinking inside the box is boring and way too normal. Out of the ordinary is so much more fun, give it a try.”

Mary Jeanne Goss
Goss is a textile artist specializing in weaving who graduated from OSU in 1977 with a degree in Art Education and a minor in Weaving. “My personal focus in weaving has been rugs, and pattern weaving, as I especially enjoy creating textiles for decorating my home. I have a weaving studio filled with looms that range from tape looms to inkle looms, a tapestry loom, table looms, and several floor looms. I also own several spinning wheels that vary from a large antique walking wheel to a modern Hansen mini-spinner,” Goss said. “The textile arts have been my hobby and passion for over 40 years. I have been published in Handwoven Magazine and presently teach Fiber Arts classes at The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.”
 
Sandra Packer
Sandra Packer works in acrylics, inks, and watercolor. She is inspired by nature, organic shapes, and design. Her passion lies in color and line, often reacting to what she sees and feels spontaneously. Packer creates in her studio space at Studio 7.5 located in the historic district of Canal Winchester, Ohio. She is a founding member of the Canal Winchester Art Guild and a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States. Packer was an art educator for 30 years with degrees from both Capital University and the Ohio State University.

Diane Ackers
Contemporary artist Diane Ackers creates expressive art that consists of mostly nature and nonobjective work. Inspired by nature and the human spirit, Ackers combines an intuitive style of painting with techniques using texture, layers of color and strong composition. Her paintings are distinctive visual experiences with sensitivity to mood and emotion.
 
Lisa Schorr
Schorr is an artist focusing on watercolors and nature scenes. “After raising two sons and a career in cosmetology I have time for art. For the last years painting and drawing has been a priority each and every day,” said said. “Through art I have made many new friends and my life is all the better for it.”

The art exhibition is on display in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts in Brasee Hall beginning in March and will be on display through the end of April.