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Bay displays Laura Maze exhibition

ESCANABA — Bay College announces the exhibition Luminosity, artwork by Laura Maze. The exhibition opened Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Hartwig Gallery and will be on display through Nov. 8 with a meet and greet event with the artist held on Thursday, Oct. 17.

According to Maze’s biography and artist statement, “Upper Michigan has not always been my home. I was born and raised in Madison Heights, a suburb of Detroit, until I was 21. I attended Oakland Community College after graduation, but completed my undergraduate program at Northern Michigan University in the 80’s. I then obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in printmaking in the 90s. During my undergraduate program it was an honor to be invited to show my prints in three separate exhibits in Yokaichi, Japan, Shiga Prefecture.

“After graduation I moved to Georgia where I earned a Master’s in Education with a major in counseling and psychology, and also in educational leadership. Soon after I completed my graduate program and I made several moves. In all, I lived in Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Alaska, and then back to Upper Michigan; 24 moves in six states. During that time, I traveled in all but 3 states. While living in those 6 states I showed existing prints and concentrated on acrylic paintings. However, I did not have a press and, therefore, was not able to continue printing during my travels.

“After Alaska I moved back to Upper Michigan where I discovered a way to print from a plate of unflavored gelatin. I was very excited about the way the images turned out and continued with that new-found process. During that time, I compiled a body of work (prints) and was then invited, again, to show my prints at a large gallery in Japan.

“The importance of what is happening in my everyday life dictates to the visual aspects of my art. My artistic expression evolves from experimentation until I achieve the expression I desire.

‘From the beginning of my formal education, printmaking has been my chosen media, and working from gelatin plates with water-based inks has become the medium of choice. Color is the strongest aspect of my work, and printmaking allows me to work with it to produce the desired image. While focusing on a particular feeling or expression the meaning of the print evolves.

“Even though I am still concerned about the physical aspects of my work, I am more aware of, and concerned with, the social and emotional impact. I only hope that the observer shares my views.”

The opening reception of the exhibition is Thursday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Hartwig Gallery. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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