The works of Susan Teague of Kalamazoo is on exhibit at the Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College through December 15. The soft opening of the show began on November 1 with a formal opening reception to be held on November 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“The show, titled ‘Goddesses: You and Me Sister,’ celebrates the contemporary woman, validating her spectacular humanness as a champion in her own everyday story, and recognizes her core essence as a universal Goddess,” said Michael Northrop, Glen Oaks professor of art. “The 15 charming and wittily named goddesses featured in this show are all made from colored tissue paper and glue. No paint or other medium was used.”
In 2010, Susan created five tissue paper goddesses on 4’X8′ panels which were displayed at the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. Unbelievably looking like paintings, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, INC., upon sight, purchased four of the five original colored tissue paper icons for its Florida museum in Orlando. The purchase and interest from the hundreds of art goers sparked the idea to create a Tissue Paper Goddess Series.
Since then, Teague has added 11 more tissue paper Goddesses. The rich vibrant colors are a result of over layering colors of tissue paper and the thin black tissue paper outlines are placed in last with a toothpick.
Teague’s professional career in the creative fine arts spans nearly five decades. Her art exhibitions have travelled throughout the United States, including Hawaii. Most Southwest Michiganders know Teague for her 8,000 plus square feet of painted murals at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Teague will speak about her art at a lecture in the Glen Oaks Concourse on Wednesday, November 29 at 7 p.m.
The gallery is open daily from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and during the opening and lecture. A book that corresponds to the exhibition will be on reserve at the Glen Oaks Learning Commons.