The latest art gallery opening of the Lincoln Art
Institute on Thursday evening attempts to answer that question. The
members of Logan County Arts entitled their latest art show
“Inspired By…” and the artists gave the visitors to the gallery
their take on what inspires them.
There were as many sources of inspiration as there were paintings
and photographs on the walls of the gallery.
“There are a variety of things that inspire an artist. I think
artists are tuned into receiving inspiration,” said Pam Moriearty.
Pam had several pieces in the show and each came from a different
part of life that she finds important. One is inspired by artists
from another era. Another is inspired by nature, specifically the
beautiful Lincoln College Environmental Center at Creekside. Even
the arrangement of the vase of flowers on the table containing the
treats for those attending came from one of Pam’s paintings.
Many of the artists find inspiration in other artists and many find
it in unusual parts of their own lives. Matthew Welchel attributed
his art to fascination with optical illusions. Lacey Mei finds some
of her inspiration in her home state of Florida. Suzanne Faulkner
found it in a trip she took to a third world country. Sheralyn
Bolton attributes her art to fellow members of Logan County Arts who
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A trip to the Lincoln Art Institute during this exhibit will help
shine a light on the paths that lead an artist to a completed work.
It is important to note that each artist has several paintings, and
photographs hanging on the walls of the LAI and each have a
different inspiration attributed to it.
An artist can see something in the world around them and use it to
create a feast for the eyes. That is an important lesson for all of
us to understand. Look around and see what inspires you, what
creates a sparkle in your eye. It does not matter if that
inspiration leads to a work of art. It will lead to a better day.
“Inspired By…” will grace the walls of the Lincoln Art Institute for
the rest of the month. Contact gallery owner Moses Pinkerton to
arrange a viewing. He can be contacted at 217-651-8355. The Lincoln
Art Institute also maintains a website: