The Preble County Art Association and the Victoria Theatre Association are presenting the upcoming invitational art exhibition, Bridges of Preble County. The show will be on display at the Schuster Performing Arts Center from March 15 - March 22, 2016, during the production of Bridges of Madison County. I am honored to be one of the selected artists participating in this exhibit.
Seeking Shelter measures 36" x 36" and begins with a birch panel as the base. Recently, I acquired some flight maps from my friend, Ari, and I cut those into 4" squares which will be applied to the panel like a quilt using gel medium. Upon this base of collaged elements, I will adhere a stylized drawing of a human/butterfly hybrid in front of a covered bridge inspired form. The figure is inspired by the amazing butterfly dress made by my friend, Tracy McElfesh, co-owner of Sew Dayton. I had been wanting to make a painting about the Monarch Butterfly and it's struggles to find food and habitat during migration and this seemed like the perfect time. Even though this year marks an upturn in the population, more than 90% of Monarch Butterflies have vanished in the last 25 years. A portion of the sale of this piece will go to the Monarch Wings Across Ohio project.