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Randy Gruenweller's Senior Art Exhibit opens March 31

Posted On March 24, 2015

A Senior Art Exhibit of colorful and energetic works by Randy Gruenweller will be shown March 31 through May 5 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc.

A reception for the artist will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 13. The public is welcome.

Gruenweller, 21, of Milwaukee, is a senior majoring in studio art. All four-year degree art students are required to put on a senior art show.

The exhibit will feature his paintings, photography, fiber art and relief prints.

“When I first started making works of art in college, I had a hard time figuring out how to make my art interesting to look at,” Gruenweller said. “As I started taking more college classes, it became clear that I can use line and color to make interesting compositions.”

His favorite medium is acrylic paint, because it gives him the flexibility to make changes. His favorite tool is the paintbrush, which allows him to layer colors and gives him control over the material he is using.

Gruenweller employs lines to direct the viewers’ eyes and enjoys using contrasting, monochromatic colors on the canvas.

“As an artist, I have come to realize that my subject matter can be simple shapes and that through the use of line and color I can create unique designs,” Gruenweller said. “When I start an art piece, I draw out a sketch in my sketchbook. I also plan out the colors and material that I am going to use in order to make sure that it all works together.”

SLC Art Professor Sister Mariella Erdmann said, “Randy is a very creative young man. He uses a straightforward approach in his art.”

Added Erin LaBonte, Assistant Professor of Art at SLC, “Randy has discovered how to create depth in his two-dimensional works through use of repetitive line and color patterns. He has a really unique way of seeing, and it’s been a lot of fun watching him grow as an artist over the past four years.”