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Painted Pebbles: The Art of Susan Robinson

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The Weis Earth Science Museum (WESM) staff is pleased to announce a new exhibit, “Painted Pebbles: The Art of Susan Robinson.” The exhibit runs from June 15 through September 15 in the evolving gallery at the WESM.

Robinson, a resident of Hancock, MI, has had a lifelong interest in art and the natural sciences. While much of her art is devoted to minerals, fossils and rocks, she also depicts birds and other wildlife in her work. Many of her geologic paintings and drawings have been published in journals such as Rocks & Minerals. Her works have been exhibited across the U.S. and internationally, and have won awards in Canada.

Paintings in the WESM exhibit feature still life paintings of pebbles from the Lake Superior shores of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. WESM director Joanne Kluessendorf notes, "Susan Robinson takes what at first seem like mundane items and turns them into objects of beauty and interest. Her work is astoundingly realistic. Yet, in some pieces, Susan incorporates wit and whimsy as well."

Robinson uses acrylics on canvas and board to paint the detailed features of minerals, pebbles, fossils and gemstones. Creating realistic still life and then illustrating those objects is both a challenge and learning experience. The learning is continuous, since each work brings new discoveries. She added, "My backyard, the woods and beaches, as well as the environs and history of the Keweenaw Peninsula provide me with subject matter. I hope my paintings express to others the sensitivity and respect I feel for the natural world and art itself."1;

The WESM is open to the public Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, and is located at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road in Menasha. Please call (920) 832-2925 for more information. Robinson’s exhibit is included with regular museum admission fee.

Posted 6/15/2005