“Art is inside the gallery – but also, on a yogurt container, at a bus stop, and in the leaves changing colour. Art and design surround us; working at the gallery has opened my eyes to that.” Jeanne Hodges is celebrating 15 years at Two Rivers Gallery. “When I started here, I wasn’t an ‘art person.’ I loved welcoming people to the gallery, because it’s a place for everyone in our community, of all ages and from all walks of life.”
Jeanne used to notice visitors spending about 30 seconds looking at the exhibitions – not enough time to fully soak in the artist’s work. “That’s how I used to be, too.” But with the opening of each new exhibition, the gallery brings in the artist to talk about their personal background, point of view, and message. That’s how Jeanne learned more about art, especially abstract. “Now when I see a piece, I think about how the artist actually put it together. I wonder what they are trying to say, and why.”
Now, Two Rivers offers a program called “Make Art Make Sense.” Visitors can bring the guide book into the galleries, to help them think about the material. Then, they get to try a hands-on activity. When visitors get to use the same paint and brushes the artist did, they gain a better understanding of the creative process.
“Two Rivers Gallery is a non-profit. We don’t work here because we want to get rich – we love what we do!” Over the years, Jeanne has taken many of the gallery’s classes and workshops. Now every Saturday, she teaches ‘Creative Artworks,’ for kids 8-12. They experiment with clay, papermaking, sculpture, printmaking and more. For more on children’s classes, click here:
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