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Works by artist Elaine Green featured in NIC Corner Gallery exhibit

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Charcoal drawing by Northwest artist Elaine Green “In an Effort to Control: Haven.” Charcoal drawing by Northwest artist Elaine Green “In an Effort to Control: Haven.”

Artist Elaine Green will exhibit her charcoal drawings at NIC Sept. 28 through Oct. 30.

Artist Elaine Green views art as her way of looking at the world and then “re-presenting” it. She does this by using her charcoal drawings to call viewers’ attention to something very ordinary.

“But through various techniques of framing, shading, juxtaposition, blurring of boundaries and the monochromatic character of the charcoal medium itself, the subject matter becomes at once both familiar and unfamiliar, recognizable but also eerily uncanny.”

Green’s charcoal drawings, along with handmade books and prints and ceramic figurative pieces, will be displayed in an exhibit titled “Out of the Dark” Sept. 28 through Oct. 30 in the North Idaho College Boswell Hall Corner Gallery.

“My artistic process—hand-rubbing the charcoal into the paper, then lifting it off with erasers—means having to spend a great deal of time studying the images as they emerge from the darkness, during which interesting subtleties and tensions reveal themselves.”

Green was born in St. Maries, Idaho and studied art at Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University before earning a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Idaho in 2005.

She has taught art throughout the Spokane area, most recently as a part-time instructor with the University of Idaho’s Department of Art and Design. She now lives in Corvallis, Ore.

Green has exhibited her art at the Reflections Gallery at the University of Idaho, the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene and the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery in Astoria, Ore. Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit in Washington, D.C., and numerous other exhibits across the Northwest.

The opening reception for the “Out of the Dark” exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the gallery. A gallery walk with the artist will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29 followed by a PowerPoint and lecture presentation at 1 p.m. in Boswell Hall Room 102.

Boswell Hall Corner Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Information: (208) 769-3276. 

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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