Patterns of Influence, watercolors by Benita Brewer will be on display at the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery, July 16 through August 9, 2019. Benita has served on the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Board and is currently the Director of the Illinois Watercolor Society and Membership Chair for the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She teaches watercolor painting at the Dupage Art League and is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
Benita earned her BFA from Indiana University and MFA from the University of Cincinnati. After several years of working as a graphic and web designer, she became an Assistant Professor at Indiana-University Purdue-University Fort Wayne (IPFW) teaching visual and multi-media design.
Painting for Benita is a form of storytelling. Her ideas often start with a personal connection to a person or object. It is a spark used for developing a composition that reflects the essence of the memory but becomes more abstract and universal. The story may be hers but hopefully the viewer interprets the image from his or her own perspective. Much of her formal art training centered on the graphic arts and she enjoys paying homage to the typographers and designers that so greatly influence our view of the world. She also loves painting portraits and revealing a person’s personality and spirit.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, July 19th from 7 to 9pm. Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11am – 5pm. The Museum has an admission fee but entry to EAG Gallery is free.