Artist Displays Paintings

ST. MARYS — A local art center will soon be closing on one exhibit and opening another.

Through today, Lindsay Cooper, of Botkins, is showcasing her original paintings at Arts Place’s Collective Center on Spring Street as part of “Moments.”

“There are 16 pieces,” said Mary Hone with Arts Place.

Cooper holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education with a specialization in painting from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys painting animals and landscapes, but focuses on portraits.

“Although I have been the go-to girl for portraiture, given a choice I prefer to look at people and photos in a different way than most,” Cooper wrote in her artist’s statement. “Rather than being drawn to just color and beauty, I’m interested in creating compositions that emphasize line, shape and value to evoke an emotional response.”

Cooper noted her pieces are about the pictured person’s emotion.

“A viewer might initially question why I’ve only shown part of a face ... Why I have not shown a full likeness,” she said in her statement. “I want to capture more than a physical representation of the person. I want to capture the emotion behind the face. To do this, I focus on the composition to tell a story.”

Since her graduation from BGSU, Cooper worked as a substitute teacher and other odd jobs to support her painting. She has two boys, who she notes drive and inspire her painting on a day-to-day basis.

“Right now I am proud to be enjoying the artistic freedom I have craved for the last 10 years of my life,” she wrote.

Hone said her favorite element of Cooper’s pieces is the colors.

“I like the colors,” she said. “It’s contemporary.”

She described the pieces as “beautiful.”

“I think they’re high-impact, beautiful pieces,” Hone said.

She noted Cooper uses oil for her paintings.

“Some are oil on wood, some are oil on canvas,” Hone said.

Once Cooper’s exhibit closes, the next exhibit will feature St. Marys Memorial High School student Mitchell Vires and his origami pieces. His exhibit will run from Thursday to July 15.

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. The Collective Center, located at 142 E. Spring St., is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment by calling 419-394-0707.