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UMW Art Gallery presents 'Light of Dusk' series

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The University of Montana Western Art Gallery announces its December 2011 exhibition, “Light of Dusk” series. The expressive oil on canvas images created by artist May Au Manion can be seen Dec. 7 through Feb. 1, 2012 in the Montana Western Art Gallery with an opening reception on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. By Sharon Christensen [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="374" caption=""Pillows" by May Au Manion. 44x60, 2003, oil on canvas."]Pillows, 44x60, 2003, Oil on canvas_jpg[/caption] The University of Montana Western Art Gallery announces its December 2011 exhibition, “Light of Dusk” series. The expressive oil on canvas images created by artist May Au Manion can be seen Dec. 7 through Feb. 1, 2012 in the Montana Western Art Gallery with an opening reception on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Manion took inspiration for the “Light of Dusk” series by regularly visiting a progressive care home to sketch elderly tenants aged 80 to 107, observing similarities among the home’s residents. The resultant series integrates personal experience with an aging family member to her earlier impressions made within the progressive care home. Transition from self-reliance, pride and a sense of place to deep quietude of an inner privacy are explored in Manion’s work. “In this world there exists an intersection of dignity, fragility and worth,” Manion explains. Often beginning her work analytically, Manion always completes a piece intuitively, painting life-sized images in oil medium. Montana Western’s Art Gallery and Museum is located on the south entrance of the first floor of Main Hall. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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