In this artist talk by Louise Grunewald, learn about her experience and process and get a sneak preview of her exhibition, My Beloved West.
The lifetime journey of an artist could be analogous to a long road trip. It includes much anticipation, planning, dreaming, mapping, exploration into unknown territory, detours, unpaved sections, roadblocks, longer hours at the wheel than planned, and every so often the necessity of a new vehicle when the old one is no longer appropriate or even working.
By the time an artist has passed the half century mark, she has done a fair amount of traveling on the artistic road. The process of growing older and the experiences which come with that, will color (literally) the shape and tone and message of the artwork.
One thing that has remained a constant, through my years as a graphic designer, greeting card designer, calligrapher, painter, printmaker, and book artist, is the theme of nature. Outdoor time is as important to me as my art and it also informs it. In particular, my time in the American west is a recurring theme. This exhibit, My Beloved West, is an expression of my love for this part of the world.
In this talk, I intend to document highlights of my particular journey as a working artist. The emphasis will be on current work; however, I will show how I got to this part of my experience with a few scenes from earlier days. I look forward to sharing my travels with you.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities
Louise Grunewald is a lettering artist, printmaker, painter, and book artist. She lives in Durango, Colorado, where she maintains her studio, Western Hands. Louise’s studio work is often taken from her sketchbook impressions of time spent outdoors and travels to new environments. She is also fascinated with letterforms as design elements. In recent years Louise has been creating original and limited edition hand-lettered books incorporating her prints, paintings, and text. Her work can be seen in numerous private and public collections in the United States and internationally. Collections include the New Mexico History Museum, University of Arizona Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library Special Collections, and the Klingspor Museum of Book and Letter Arts, Offenbach, Germany.