Werner is Bella Vista’s first Artist of the Month

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Jill Ru­moshosky Werner is Bella Vista’s first Artist of the Month, and she was rec­og­nized with a cer­e­mony at the His­tory Mu­seum on Satur­day.

Werner’s work will be dis­played at the his­tory mu­seum for a month, she said.

The Artist of The Month is a new pro­gram de­signed by a new com­mit­tee. The Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil, an ad­vi­sory board to the city coun­cil, was cre­ated in Fe­bru­ary 2016 to help pro­mote the arts in Bella Vista. Since the coun­cil doesn’t know what will be in its bud­get, it chose a low­cost pro­gram to start, ac­cord­ing to com­mit­tee chair­man Dave Barfield.

Not all Artists of the Month will have their work dis­played at the musuem, Barfield said. Some art may be dis­played at the li­brary or city hall. As a for­mer quil­ter, Werner uses dif­fer­ent medi­ums and some are large.

Werner lived for many years in Wichita, Kan., and has shown her art­work in mu­se­ums, art cen­ters and gal­leries around the U.S. and

abroad. She has won na­tional and in­ter­na­tional awards.

Werner’s art is con­cep­tual and rep­re­sents a vis­ual dictionary. Each piece de­fines a word, com­mu­ni­cat­ing con­cepts with im­agery rather than words. Bold, bright col­ors pro­vide en­ergy to the pieces, which are sculp­tural in­stal­la­tions or wall­hung art. Un­usu­ally pro­por­tioned quilts are used for the lines and sur­faces, but other ma­te­ri­als such as wood, foam and metal are also used. Her ideas come from a wide range of in­flu­ences, in­clud­ing sci­en­tific im­agery and the works of artists such as Eva Hesse and Robert Rauschen­berg.

There are plenty of artists to con­sider for Artist of the month, Barfield said. He sees the pro­gram go­ing for a long time.

The Arts Coun­cil is made up of three mem­bers: Dave Barfield, Janelle Red­la­cyvik and Terry Wil­son. Their next project is en­ter­tain­ment be­fore the city’s In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion. So far, they have sev­eral food trucks and bands lined up.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

Artist of the Month Jill Werner (third from left) poses with two mem­bers of the Arts Coun­cil, Terry Wil­son (left) and Dave Barfield (right), and mem­bers of the nom­i­nat­ing com­mit­tee.

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