CHARLESTON — An exhibition of paintings by resident artist Beth Shadur titled “away with the faeries” will be on view Nov. 10—Dec. 16 in the Brainard Gallery of the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University.
Shadur is the Tarble Arts Center’s 2012 Illinois Arts Council Arts-In-Education residency artist. She will give a talk about her work for the public at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Tarble Atrium.
Shadur’s watercolor and mixed media paintings evoke ancient landscapes and universal symbols of spirituality. Of her series titled “away with the faeries” Shadur states, “My works, generally narrative and symbolic in nature, here incorporate landscape as symbol, ancient and contemporary cultural images and other Irish symbols, as well as Gaelic text. I also incorporate contemporary poetry into works that integrate text, metaphor and image. My investigation of the spiral and its meaning led me on a physical and spiritual journey to the wild ancient landscape in Ireland known as The Burren, well known for its rich and diverse landscape of wildflowers, rocky terrain and cliffs going down to the sea. This unique landscape also embraces ancient monuments of Celtic culture, which provide a rich source of material for artists’ works throughout history.”
She has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including at the Art Institute of Chicago; Drawing Center in New York City; Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY; Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and Colorado Springs Art Museum, Colorado Springs, Colo. She has created over 125 large public murals as public, private and community art projects in both the United States and Great Britain.
Shadur holds a masters of fine arts from the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently serves as Gallery Director for Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.
She is serving as artist-in-residence at four area schools during a one month Arts-In-Education residency funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Art Council, a state agency. Participating schools are Humboldt TLC, Jefferson Elementary (Charleston), the Pathways Program, and Windsor Junior-Senior High School. Additional funding is provided by a Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Grant, the Coles County Arts Council, the participating schools and Tarble Arts Center membership contributions.
The Tarble Arts Center, a division of the College of Arts & Humanities, is funded in part by Tarble membership contributions, the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation. The center is located at 2010 9th Street on the EIU campus in Charleston. Tarble is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The center is closed Mondays and on Nov. 22-23.
For more information, visit www.eiu.edu/tarble/.