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This painting by Eva Margarét, titled “Prayers,” resulted from her travels in Thailand. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Artworks reflect creator's travels

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WORTHINGTON — An exhibit going up in the Fine Arts Building at Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a travelogue of sorts.

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The artworks, created by Eva Margarét of Willmar, reflect on her journeys to Uganda, Thailand and Kauai, Hawaii.

“In the year 2004, I went on a life-altering trip to Uganda, Africa, and I began work on my series, with this African trip as my focus,” she explained. “This series began primarily with oil paintings, but later on I discovered clay sculpture and decided to adopt it.”

In 2008, Eva visited Thailand, and the following year she went to Kauai.

“My work reveals the spirit and character of some of the many individuals I met during my trips,” she said.

“Each culture on this earth has a special mystique and draws my attention. I am often enthralled with the way different people act, look and move. This fascination leads me to find myself staring and studying people, watching on a continual basis. Every now and then, I experience the terribly embarrassing moment of having just been caught.”

A graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, artistic expression has been a lifelong passion for Eva. She is currently working on a new series supported by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council and manages to put in a few hours every day.

“When I’m not taking care of my 2-year-old daughter, Awi, I am working on my art,” she said. “I have a painting studio that I work in at my home and a clay studio in New London.”

Eva plans to bring some encaustics —wax paintings —to the Minnesota West show, but oil and clay are her primary mediums.

“I love the richness of oil paint, the versatility and flexibility of clay,” she said. “Two very different mediums, but I enjoy them both.”

Through her artwork, Eva seeks to share her travel experiences and the impressions gained along the way.

“My travels, my fascination with people and cultures of all kinds, in lands foreign to me, and my passion for creating, has given me a path of meaningful expression,” she said. “Life’s experiences have also given me a tremendous growth as a human and as an artist. I am ever enticed to seek out new and wonderful experiences life has to offer and then to give form to the concept of that experience.”

An opening reception for Eva’s exhibit at Minnesota West will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through mid-December.

“I hope anyone viewing my work feels inspired in one way or another,” said Eva. “I hope they leave feeling refreshed and energized, similar to the feeling a person gets when hearing a favorite song.”

For more information, contact Minnesota West art instructor Leah Gossom, 372-3492; email leah.gossom@mnwest.edu.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
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