Art exhibit - “Reminders and Remainders,”(click for details)

Mon, August 30, 20101:00 PM

Acrylic paintings by Jennifer Barron, Hays Art Gallery, 1 - 5 p.m., now through Oct. 15. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

"Reminders and Remainders,” art exhibit now showing in the Hays Art Gallery; meet the artist Sept. 15

"Reminders and Remainders,” acrylic paintings by Jennifer Barron, are on display now through Oct. 15 in the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa.  The exhibit is free and open to the public from 1-5 p.m. daily and during evening performances in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center, where the gallery is located.

“Artist Jennifer Barron will come to the NOC campus Wednesday, September 15 in conjunction with her exhibit in the gallery and NOC's "Visiting Artist Lecture Series.  She will speak to the audience at 12:30 p.m.,” said Audrey Schmitz, gallery director.

“In my paintings I explore the human impulse to build and invent our attempts to separate ourselves from the unpredictable natural world and the odd and intriguing results of these collective footprints. My subjects include chipped concrete structures, small devices, and household items, objects that might typically be taken for granted.  These paintings are meditations on the built environment and the beauty and damage of progress. By removing these subjects from their usual contexts, enlarging them, manipulating colors and exaggerating the effects of shadow and light, I encourage viewers to reconsider these parts of everyday life.  I paint with bold colors and broad brushstrokes to push the subjects further until I can find something compelling, unsettling or even humorous,” Barron said.

Barron graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelor of Arts in French.  While in college, she spent a year studying abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France, an experience which profoundly impacted her worldview and led her to return to study art.  Since graduating, she has participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions in central Oklahoma.  In addition to her artwork, Jennifer has recently curated several group shows, is an active arts volunteer, and serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.  She works at the Arts Council of Oklahoma City where she coordinates arts education and outreach programs, and she lives in Oklahoma City.

Jennifer’s art practice, work, and volunteer involvement are tied together by her belief in the profound power of art to enhance lives and communities.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact gallery director Audrey Schmitz at 580.628.6670 or audrey.schmitz@north-ok.edu.