Arts Council presents new show

The Arts Council of the Valley presents Veiled: Recent Work by Lisa Tubach, a series of vibrant, paintings and drawings by Lisa Tubach.  The show opens on Friday, Sept. 2, with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Smith House, 311 South Main Street.  The exhibit will remain on view until Sept. 30.

Tubach’s visually stimulating, eco-centric works of art illustrate her own world views.  The artist states, “my creative work investigates a balance between the beauty of our natural world and the threats to our existence.”  Her recent projects have focused on various issues facing our planet today, including endangered species, recent findings on the perils of unchecked chemical use, and other destructive agents affecting our environment.  The artist strives to produce art that is “simultaneously, lush and celebratory, while acting as a subtle cautionary tales.”

To create her artwork, Tubach manipulates both canvas and paper, as is evident in the image Fighting Back.  The work blends a bold color palette, that juxtaposes both bright and dark colors, and multifarious shapes and forms.  This technique further highlights Tubach’s views and message on contrasting forces in the environment.  The boldness and complex elements in the artwork also emphasize the chaotic, yet delicate, intricate balances established in our ecosystem.  Her works presents an opportunity to contemplate issues on the environment in a new and eloquent approach.

Tubach began her education in art at Macalester College, where she received her B.A. in Studio Art.  Upon completion of her M.F.A. from Michigan State University, Tubach participated in various national and international art exhibitions in New York, Boston, Chicago, Paris, and Tokyo.  Recently, Art-In-The-Embassies, a program by the U.S. State Department, choose Tubach’s work to be part of an exhibition displayed in U.S. Embassies in Peru.  Her art also is held in private collections in New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Kansas City.  She currently works at James Madison University as an Associate Professor of Art, in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and is the Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History.

Since opening its doors in 2002, the Arts Council of the Valley and its Court Square Theater have emerged as a dynamic force in the cultural, economic, and educational life of our community. It produces, manages, and promotes the visual and performing arts from its two locations: the Smith House and Court Square Theater. Art openings occur the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information on the Arts Council visit www.valleyarts.org or call (540)-801-8779.

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