Blues Brush

The "Blues Brush" exhibit continues to March 26 at South Shore Arts in Munster.

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Artist Linda Lane Haynes’ inspiration for the paintings that make up her exhibit “Blues Brush” can be traced to both several feet in front of her and more than 550 miles away.

Haynes credits a viewing of the 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals,” which looks at the history and the music that came out of the Alabama town in the '60s and '70s by artists ranging from Wilson Pickett to the Staples Singers to Lynyrd Skynyrd, as a catalyst for her recent works.

“I think music can be cathartic, and it can also be joyous,” she said. “It can be sad and it can be funny."

Haynes will celebrate her exhibit at South Shore Arts’ Atrium Gallery in Munster with a reception on Sunday. The artist has been a fixture in the Region art strata for more than three decades.

Retired from Munster High School for more than a decade, the former art teacher’s works have been shown in group and solo exhibits, as well as juried shows, at South Shore Arts, Valparaiso’s Art Barn, Indiana University’s Gallery Northwest and Whiting’s Studio 659. Haynes is also an artist member of Chicago Heights’ Union Street Gallery.

The two dozen pieces that make up “Blues” were created by Haynes over the course of the last five years.

“There’s no recognizable imagery in the majority of these paintings, but there is an element of the human condition,” Haynes said. “That’s in music, of course, and I think ‘what’s more telling than the emotion of music?’”

Haynes also cited musical wordsmiths such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as other inspirations for her abstract works.

“I have this mark that’s evident in my work and recognizable, so I use the mark and layers of color and try to present music visually,” she said. “The layers of color in the paintings, to me they’re sound, and they’re rhythms.”

“Blues Brush: Paintings by Linda Lane Haynes” is scheduled to run at South Shore Arts’ Atrium Gallery through March 26.

South Shore Arts’ Atrium Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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