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“Allure of the Masters” Art Exhibit – Regina Willard



West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host an exhibition of works by local artist Regina Willard entitled “Allure of the Masters.” The exhibit will be displayed at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from November 11 through December 15, 2019. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.


The exhibit will feature paintings inspired by the “masters “ past and present , interpreted in Willard’s own  style and language. Willard says, “All who paint aspire to paint like the great ones, those who made their mark in the world. They captured the subject in paint and moved their viewers by way of composition, value, color, texture and edges.  Allure of the Masters will be  an  exhibit that offers insight into who inspires and moves me to find and share my voice through painting.”


Willard’s desire and passion for painting started at an early age. Largely a self-taught artist, she gained knowledge of oil painting in her teen years and immediately fell in love with the medium. Painting for her is a release of a language spoken with a brush.  Her paintings are sparked  by familiar surroundings – subjects she enjoys observing. Regina has benefited from workshops taught by renowned artists she admired: Carolyn Anderson, Lori Putnam, Derek Penix, Kevin Beilfuss, and most recently Anne Blair Brown. She has translated their knowledge into developing her own voice creating a language of her own into the canvas. Her style would be  considered impressionistic with emphasis on brushwork and color.

Willard says, “When I paint, I want to give something of myself – whether it be an emotion or feeling by way of a color or a mark made. I’m most intrigued by movement of paint and how a mark laying next to another in a different direction can give a subject life, drawing the viewer to engage in my work”.  Willard’s work has been exhibited in numerous juried and non-juried shows in the Ozarks winning multiple awards including Best of Show. She teaches workshops on oil painting techniques throughout the year. More of her work is available on her website


WPCA will host a Meet the Artists event on Saturday, November 23, from 2-4 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, meet the artist and discuss the pieces.  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.

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