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Artists, library team up to promote the arts

By APRILL BRANDON
Aug. 3, 2010 at 3:03 a.m.

The painting, "The Art of War" by Victoria artist Roddy Wilson, will be on display at the Victoria Public Library through the month of August alongside the work of two other local artists, Natali Ingram and Eugene Soloman.

The Victoria Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.

Throughout the month of August, you may notice something new at the Victoria Public Library. Amidst all the books, computers and magazines there, the library is now also part art gallery with works by three local artists on display.

"Eugene Soloman of the Victoria Art League contacted us and expressed interest in getting local artists' works out in public," library director Dayna Williams-Capone said. "The library had done something like this in the past and we decided to start it up again. The library is an essential place downtown and lots of people come here so it's a great place for the artwork to be seen."

On display are the works of Victoria painter Roddy Wilson, Goliad sculptor Natali Ingram and Soloman, a Victoria poet and calligrapher.

Wilson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has been an active artist since 1975, he said. Born in Illinois, he moved to Victoria in 2006.

"I have strived to develop my own unique style, which I call 'progressive realism,' which is a style not tainted by structured professionalism, with a bold use of colors blended in raw brush strokes," he said.

Ingram, of Goliad, was inspired to pursue a degree in art education by her high school art teacher, Edward Ousley. Born with achromatopsia, also known as color blindness, she said the condition has made her a stronger artist because she's able to logically and scientifically approach color and use it in her work. Although she is skilled in a wide range of artistic media, her favorite is sculptural ceramics and in particular, portrait heads, she said.

Soloman is a poet, writer and calligrapher and he has been following a career of calligraphic arts since 1970. An avid traveler, he writes in several languages, with French being his favorite, he said.

All the works on display are for sale, Soloman added. The partnership with the library is just one step in the art league's effort to not only get local artists' work out to the public, but to also help revitalize downtown.

"Everyone is really excited about this. We want to start showing more artists' works at other buildings," Soloman said.

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