“A Journey in Art, Nature and Spirituality” will be presented by Diane Canfield Bywaters at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Hosted by Winchester Academy, the program is the first of the Winter/Spring 2015 series. The program is free and open to the public.
Bywaters is an award-winning artist and professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, teaching life drawing and painting.
“As artists, our souls speak through our creations,” she explains, and the program “will take a look at what is being communicated on my journey as an artist.”
She has been painting for more than 30 years, concentrating predominately in oils as an en plein aire (on location versus in the studio) painter.
Bywaters has painted extensively in France, England, Costa Rica, Iceland, Ireland and Italy.
She lives for adventure painting, and in the summer of 2006, she participated in a whitewater rafting painting expedition of the Grand Canyon covering 220 miles.
Honored by selection to more U.S. National Park artist-in-residency programs than any other artist, her presentation will include paintings created at many of those parks, from Hawaii to Alaska.
Reflecting on how the death of a loved one affects one’s art, Bywaters recently turned to three-dimensional art work “to convey a funny dark side of myself. My understanding of the world and myself is through the act of painting.”
Bywaters’ paintings have been collected by major corporations, including Pepsi and American Airlines, as well as the U.S. State Department and the Wisconsin Department of Resources.
Winchester Academy programs are funded through sponsors, gifts and donations from community members who support the academy. Donations are tax deductible.
Coffee and cookies are served beginning at 6 p.m. The program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Bywaters’ program is sponsored by Jack and Glenda Rhodes.
For more information about Winchester Academy and the Winter/Spring 2015 program series, visit winchesteracademywaupaca.org or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.