During the summer semester Lincoln Land Community College’s James S. Murray Gallery will host “Drawing on the Divine”, pen and ink work by local artist Michelle Smith. While holding a degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University, Ms. Smith has been nurturing her artistic talents since the age of thirteen. She has shown her work regularly in Springfield as well as the Chicago area and is currently an active member of the Prairie Art Alliance Gallery.
Ms. Smith states that among her artistic goals are to “express the weight of the world carried by the African American community, to capture life-like portraits of someone’s family member, and to show the simplicity of a blooming flower.” She believes a lot of her work is a mirror image of her feelings and emotions.
She works primarily in the drawing media of charcoal, graphite, pen, and ink. When working with charcoal and graphite she often includes solvents in her layering process to achieve a smooth painterly look. Depending on the sought after texture she might blend with stomps, tortillons, or a chamois rag. When using a pen and ink approach she uses primarily Nexxus Studio pens and Sakura Gelly Roll pens, the latter of which she discovered in the scrapbooking aisle of the art supply store and has never looked back.
The show opens on the first day of summer session, June 4th and will run until July 26th. Gallery hours for the summer are Monday through Thursday, 8am – 4pm.
A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 5:30pm. The public is invited to attend.