Milaca – Works by two local artists were purchased for the East Central Regional Arts Council’s permanent collection after being shown in the 30th annual IMAGE Art Show in Braham.
The arts council purchased “Garden Flowers,” a mixed-media drawing by Yvonne Herrmann, of Foreston, as well as Karrie Anderson’s piece “Life After, Life from Above,” which was made using reclaimed wood and metal.
The IMAGE Art Show is the council’s annual judged art show, which takes place at the council’s office in Braham.
Both artists have been creating art for most of their lives.
Herrmann began making art as a child, kept studying in college and hired a private mentor for a while.
Anderson also started young with art. She has worked as an art teacher.
“When I was a kid, I loved to draw,” Anderson said. “I’ve always worked in creative endeavors.”
Herrmann puts her art in shows and craft fairs sometimes when the travel involved isn’t too great, but she also frequently gives her artwork away to friends and family.
“It’s a gift, so I give it away as a gift,” she said. “I just keep cranking out art; maybe one day it’ll be worth something.”
To create “Garden Flowers,” Herrmann said she bought two bundles of tulips and drew them with a layer of pencil followed by a layer of colored pencil.
“You draw with pencil first and get in the shading,” Herrmann said. Then the piece is sprayed so that the pencil won’t smudge and gone over once more in colored pencil. Sometimes she adds a layer of ink too.
Although Herrmann has created art using many media, she said her first love is oil painting. She has been doing a lot of drawing in colored pencil.
“The reason I like colored pencil is it’s so un-messy,” she said.
During the summer she sometimes cuts her own flowers to draw.
Herrmann does still life depictions of animals, fish, flowers and other things, and she also does abstract art.
“You just get inspired about blocks of color,” she said. “It’s free-form.”
The piece of Anderson’s that was purchased was a departure for her. Although she has worked in many types of art – including making and altering books, making paper, acrylic and watercolor painting and pottery – “Life After, Life from Above” was her first time using reclaimed wood and metal.
“I love to try everything,” Anderson said.
The process of creating the work involved playing around with different formations of the metal pieces until she found a configuration that she liked.
“To me this was like a city,” Anderson said. “There was this aerial view of a type of city.”
Once she settled upon an arrangement of the pieces, Anderson affixed the metal to the wood, which was originally a cabinet door panel.
The title of the finished piece, “Life After, Life from Above,” comes partly from a friend of Anderson’s who is a poet. They brainstormed what to name the work together.
Having “Life After, Life from Above” purchased for the council’s permanent collection is meaningful for Anderson, who says she debated whether or not to submit it to the art show. She puts examples of her work into art shows somewhat regularly, but she wasn’t as certain about this one because it was an experiment in a new type of art for her.
“I was really thrilled when I heard that it had been purchased,” Anderson said. “I didn’t know if a lot of people would find it very interesting.”
Anderson and Herrmann have both taught art to others, in official and unofficial capacities. Herrmann finds the creation of art therapeutic.
“It’s relaxing and it just takes you to another time and place,” Herrmann said.
The IMAGE Art Show ran from April 22-28 at the council’s office in Braham. Another Milaca artist, Jim Larson, took home an award for artistic excellence for one of his works in the show.