Spring Quarter Art Exhibit on Campus
The Evergreen Arts and Humanities Series of Washington State Community College (WSCC) is showcasing ceramic work and paintings by local artists, Margaret Lazer and Marlene L'Abbe, during the Spring Quarter Art Exhibit on campus.
Marlene L'Abbe grew up in Montreal, Canada and was exposed to art at an early age. She studied applied arts at Montreal's Dawson College and became a graphic artist in 1974. L'Abbe freelanced as a package designer/illustrator and, and after moving to Vermont in the late eighties, designed ads for a local newspaper. She relocated to Ohio in 1995, began her own business, Water Spider Designs, and created tiles for Top Drawer in Marietta. L'Abbe helped found the Riverside Artists Gallery and continued her art education at Marietta College, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Ohio University, taking up pottery, sculpture and bronze casting.
"During the past year I've altered my course somewhat in that I've begun to explore and paint what I see 'out there' as opposed to what I see 'within myself,'" explains L'Abbe. "The theme for these newer works rose out of an attempt to explore the connections that exist within and without and how they in turn connect with my inner and outer worlds."
The Spring Quarter Art Exhibit's other featured artist is Margaret Lazer. Originally from Rhode Island, Lazer studied studio art at Simon's Rock of Bard College in Massachusetts. "After a trip to Europe with my husband, I was inspired to try ceramic art and took a class at a community arts center in Roanoke, Virginia," says Lazer.
Margaret Lazer next moved to New York City, where she worked with the late artist Gary Keyes, making house wares that were sold at Manhattan home design boutiques. "Since moving to Marietta, I've continued making pottery with former Marietta College instructor, Sherm Koons," says Lazer.
The Spring Quarter Art Exhibit is open to the public. The exhibit runs through June 9th and can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the second floor of the Arts & Sciences Building on the WSCC campus (710 Colegate Drive, Marietta).