"Chasing the Light" is the name of the current art exhibit at Harrisburg District Library. Artist Susan Blakeley Lambert says the name describes what she finds herself doing as she paints.
The library welcomes Susan's return as an exhibitor; her last library show was in 2014.
This exhibit contains 35 paintings on the walls of the downstairs conference room, nine smaller pieces in a display case, and the largest painting, which hangs on the wall across from the used book store.
All the paintings are either oil or colored pencil, and all are framed. Most are for sale.
The subject of many of the paintings is the beautiful scenery here in southern Illinois. Susan lives in rural Pope County where she finds inspiration for her work. She also paints members of her family, and either way, her work feels personal.
With degrees in art history and studio art as well as teaching credentials for all levels of students, Susan has a strong background in art education. She has also been a registered art therapist. Despite all of her study, Susan says she "never really created art until I began interacting with other artists."
She wishes to thank her photographer cousin Heather Outman and her plein air painting buddy Vickie Gingrich, as well as her colleagues at PAPA Gallery in Paducah and the team at Art Off the Square in Vienna.
The public is invited to visit the exhibit during regular library hours, unless the conference room is in use. All are invited to the closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.