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Kathryn Fisher holding her piece entitled “Lilies and Lemons en Plein Air”; Regina Willard holding “Texas Creek Bend”



West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a unique collection of artwork by local artists Regina Willard and Kathryn Fisher in their exhibition titled “A Brush With Life” at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from October 6-26, 2014. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

Regina Willard says, “I’m primarily a self-taught artist and painter working in oils and acrylics. My style would be considered painterly with an emphasis on color and expressive brushwork. Creativity comes from my surroundings…nature, conversations with people, intriguing shapes and color appeal to me greatly. I don’t particularly want to paint the photo or exactly what I see. I want to interpret it in paint and give it a new life beyond what is actually there.”

After years as a successful textile artist, Kathryn (Kat) Fisher shifted from painting with thickened dye on cotton cloth to painting with oil paint on cotton or linen canvas. Her work is impressionistic with a lean toward expressionism.  She has studied with such artists as Joshua Been, Dreama Tolle Perry, Michael McClure, John Porter Lasater IV, Matt Smith, C.W. Mundy and Carolyn Anderson. Her work encompasses landscapes, animals, still life and figurative paintings.  Her goal is to find beauty even in unexpected places and to bring to the viewer the joy, peace, excitement or wonder she found in the moment.  She is a member of the American Impressionist Society.

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artists Reception on Saturday, October 18, from 1-3 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss the artwork.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.