The “Chasing the Light” art exhibition opens at the Harrisburg District Library


“Chasing the Light” is the name of the current art exhibition in the Harrisburg District Library. Artist Susan Blakeley Lambert says the name describes what she does when she paints.

The library welcomes Susan’s return as an exhibitor; her last library exhibition was in 2014.

This exhibit includes 35 paintings on the walls of the conference room on the first floor, nine smaller pieces in a display case, and the largest painting hanging on the wall across from the used bookstore.

All paintings are either oil or colored pencil and all are framed. Most of them are for sale.

The subject of many of the paintings is the beautiful landscape 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, and teaching qualifications at all levels, Susan has a strong background in art education. She is also a registered art therapist. Despite all of her studies, Susan says she “never really created art until I started interacting with other artists”.

She would like to thank her photographer cousin Heather Outman and her outdoor painting friend Vickie Gingrich as well as her colleagues at the PAPA Gallery in Paducah and the team from Art Off the Square in Vienna.

The public is invited to visit the exhibition during the library’s regular opening hours, unless the conference room is in use. Everyone is cordially invited to the final reception on Sunday, December 12th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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