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Lincoln Art Institute presents "The body canvas and muse"
A study of the human form

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[July 12, 2014]  LINCOLN - The Lincoln Art Institute was the venue for the opening of the latest art show staged by members of Logan County Arts. Entitled ďThe Body: Canvas and Muse" the show features art work by members of Logan County Arts showcasing various media dealing with the body.

LCA members have held several workshops this spring at which a live model from Bloomington posed while artists honed their skills at capturing the curves and angles of the body. The art show is an exhibit of the work derived from the workshops.

LCA also invited a respected artist from the McLean County Art Association to come to Lincoln to critique their work after the workshops.

While paint on canvas, and pen and ink pieces were in abundance on the walls of the Art Institute, there were also renderings done in wood, photography, and performance art featuring local artist Jason Hoffman.

Hoffman and a friend filmed a wrestling match between themselves, and mounted a screen in a large collage of wrestling photos that recounts the event. Hoffman was a college wrestler and is currently assisting with the wrestling program at Lincoln College.

Gallery owner Moses Pinkerton chose to display his contribution to the exhibit as a wood sculpture of a torso. The rich colors and smooth surface of the wood are enhanced by the subtle lighting in the gallery.
One unique aspect of the exhibit is the contributions of three members of a Lincoln family. Jim Grimaldi and his wife Jennifer Hemberger-Grimaldi had items in the show. Jimís mother Pam Moriearty also had a photo and paint collage on exhibit.

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Jim displayed items of his signature black and white photography; while Jennifer constructed a three dimensional number. Jennifer is the newly appointed chair of the Lincoln High School art department.
Jason Hoffman is also a member of the Lincoln High faculty. He noted that his students will have their work on display in a booth at the Lincoln Art Fair at the end of August.

One further note on this exhibit is in order. The members of Logan County Arts have staged one of their best exhibits to date. The work is first rate; the interpretations of the body varied; and the media so varied that a step from one display to the next will produce a new sensation in the viewer. The space that Moses Pinkerton has provided at the Lincoln Art Institute is terrific, a work of art in its own right.

The current exhibit runs through July 28, 2014. Call 217-819-6801 for information and gallery hours.

[By CURT FOX]

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