With her exhibit “Reflections of Life in the Country” at South Shore Arts’ Substation No. 9 in Hammond, artist Lyn Wellsand hopes to bring a little country life to the region’s urban viewers.
“I thought that it would have a good impact because a lot of people that go to that gallery are city people,” she said. “They’re not usually exposed to the type of things that I’m going to have there, the florals, the animals, the country landscapes.”
The exhibit opens March 29 at South Shore Arts’ Substation No. 9. Wellsand, who was reared in Hobart, has been an active artist since she was a child and received a degree in commercial design from the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
A painter, photographer and drawer, Wellsand has shown her work at venues over the years, throughout the region such as Chesterton Art Gallery, The Art Barn in Valparaiso and Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
This year so far is proving to be a busy one for Wellsand in terms of showcasing her work. Earlier this year, her works were highlighted in an exhibit at Michigan City’s Southern Shore Art Gallery, and she is scheduled to return to region walls at South Shore Arts’ Crown Point Gallery in September.
“I want to get in the galleries and I want to impact people for the good,” Wellsand said. “I want them to be able to bring their families to the gallery. Some of the images that are going up in our galleries today are very repulsive and I want to bring some freshness and vitality into the galleries and make (the experience) more of a family affair. That’s one of my main goals. I want to be a positive influence.”
“Reflections” is made up of approximately a dozen oil paintings Wellsand created over the course of the last six years. For inspiration, Wellsand needed to only look as far as the doorstep of her farm in North Judson for the subjects of her show.
“I love it,” she said. “I have horses and I’m raising chickens. In fact, I breed the chickens that I raise for their color. My roosters are amazingly colorful. That’s because I breed them that way because I know that I’m going to be painting them. It gives you a lot of control over some of the subject matter as far as the animals go.”
“Reflections of Life in the Country” is scheduled to run at Substation No. 9 through May 18.
Substation No. 9 is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.