While art aficionados from all walks are encouraged to make their way to Leona Jurincie’s “Red She Said,” the painter and art instructor hopes her exhibit attracts one particular set of viewers.
“Because I teach it, not a lot of my students get to see my work, because I’m in a different studio and not my home studio,” she said. “This is a good time to show them my art, to say ‘look. I can do it, too’ and ‘I can talk the talk.’”
"Red" will be celebrated with a reception at Towle Theater on May 5. Jurincie’s artistic road started with drawings before she was introduced to painting in the late '80s. She has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.
For more than two years Jurincie has lent her talents and skills to South Shore Arts. She serves as the branch manager of their Crown Point and Hammond facilities as well as an administrative education assistant at their Munster office.
Jurincie has also taught workshops at South Shore over the course nearly two decades.
“I think the greatest thing (about South Shore Arts) is the opportunities they give to artists,” Jurincie said. “They help you to manage yourself as an artist and put the word out that someone’s looking for someone to connect for something.”
“Red” is made up of 11 original photo-realist works Jurincie created over the course of the last two years. The works, which she created using oil, water colors and pastels, feature nature, landscapes, florals and animals as her subjects.
Jurincie said she was inspired to create the pieces that would become her exhibit by a close friend, who has since passed away, and her friend’s daughter.
“(My friend) pulled out all of these pictures with reds in it,” and she said ‘just visualize walking through the atrium and seeing all of these paintings with red in them, and I said ‘no,’” Jurincie recalled. “About two and a half years ago, I was opening a box in my new house and there on top were all those photos. Her daughter put them in there on top.”
“Red” is scheduled to run at Towle Theater through May 25. Gallery hours vary.