Central Beach Cooling Tower

by Mary Reusch
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Artist's Description

Painting landscapes gives me the opportunity to go out into nature and observe it very closely. Standing in a meadow, or in a forest or on the shore of a lake gives me a chance to soak up the essence of the land and enjoy its rhythms. Everywhere I turn, I see vignettes of these rhythms and compositions, and then need to pick and choose those scenes that express most aptly what I am sensing from that particular spot
Mary was originally trained as a graphic artist and worked for twenty years in the commercial field, keeping up her interests in fine arts by taking courses and workshops. A number of years ago she left the graphic art industry to pursue further training at Aquinas College, where she completed a BFA in painting. Aquinas encouraged a classical approach to art that included working with the figure and emphasized form and structure. Mary graduated in the spring of 1999 and has been painting and showing her work in various galleries in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Glen Arbor, Chicago and South Bend. In 2005 Mary was chosen as an Artist in Residence for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where she was able to stay for a month to focus on plein air painting. In 2006 Mary participated in the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artist Program, and three of her paintings were chosen in a juried art competition. In 2007 she travelled to japan as an assistant to an artist I residence. Mary has since travelled across the states sketching and painting many of the vast panoramas of our country.

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Oil on Linen on Panel One summer I enjoyed a month stay as an Artist-In-Residence at the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore National Park.  I painted many plein air pieces during that time, but I have a special fondness for this one.  In the early 1900's the industrialists made use of a considerable portion of land on Lake Michigan, and the local residents soon realized that they needed to preserve as much shoreline as possible before the lake would become inaccessible to not only the residents, but also the population at large.  They were able to form the national park by wrestling away many acres from development, and then able to retain much of its natural beauty, the landscape becoming a patchwork of industry and wilderness.  For the most part, I pointed my easel in the direction of the wilderness areas.  However, there were a few occasions, such as this one, that I thought it most interesting to show the effect of the individuals who preserved so much land. I desired to show the inter-mixture of the competing elements, such as one sees readily on Central Beach. The stones were placed on the shore to keep the beach from eroding, and although foreign to the landscape, they play a role in preserving the lakeshore, as well as (to me) serving as a textural element that I found visually interesting. I also found fascinating the late afternoon sun upon the distant reactor, with the soft smoke rising sensuously into the sky to join the background clouds while observing the vague outline of Michigan City a mile in the distance.
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