We are so excited to introduce you to our featured artist for the September First Friday Art Walk, Lynda Berman. Come to The Art Loft this Friday, September 6th from 5-8 to meet her and enjoy her beautiful artwork. Below, please enjoy her biography, art journey and philosophy in her own words:
Teaching Journey: I began teaching art at age 17 in Orrville’s Summer Recreation Program. Fifty years later, I’m still at it. I love teaching art mostly to children but also adults in public school (over 30 years) and private art lessons, in Ohio, Alaska, Ponape, (a Pacific island,) China, and Taiwan. I was very active in my professional association serving as President of the Ohio Art Education Association 1989-1990. I am an OAEA Distinguished Fellow and I am currently coordinating the 2020 Summer Symposium which will provide two days of hands-on workshop opportunities here in Athens to art teachers from across the state.
Education: I have a BS in Art Education from BGSU and a Masters from Ohio University. My training is in print-making, watercolor, oil painting, silver-smithing, glass-blowing, sculpture, kite-making, drawing, etc. My abiding joy is working in the paper arts, primarily cut and torn paper collage but also book-making, and paper engineering.
Exhibitions: I exhibited fiber and calligraphic artwork occasionally in the 1980’s but since 2003 I have exhibited paper collages consistently at the Zanesville Art Center, Athens Public Library, Dairy Barn Arts Center, ArtsWest in Athens, Parkersburg Art Center, and eight additional sites. I exhibit annually at Lilyfest in the Hocking Hills and sell my collage cards at The Village Bakery in Athens. My collages are in collections in: Germany, France, Israel, Taiwan, Indonesia, Iraq and Mexico.
Lynda’s Philosophy: I find joy in observing nature closely and I am ready to pluck and press buds, leaves, and flowers as they appear. It is a very rich part of my life. I have always been enthralled with the unfolding of plants in their season. To capture this magic, I design small-format paper collages featuring these pressed botanicals. I try to accentuate nature’s order and beauty by layering and selecting fitting papers to create a stage for my botanical beauties.
I love paper! To enlarge my broad palette of commercial, imported and “found” papers, I have made paper from plants- yucca, iris and corn husks. I have also created patterned papers using numerous surface design techniques. Each of my collages features a distinctively different mood and color scheme determined by the bontanical speciman. I prefer intimate scale and zen-like compositions