Cynthia Bylander will guild the viewers through the layers of her paintings as well as showing mixed media examples through a variety of collected works. This will include how she uses mixed media to embellish her canvases and paper pieces. The atmosphere will be one of sharing her commitment to teaching and creating works that transform a blank canvas to a vision of interest and emotion.
Born on a dairy farm near Springfield, Bylander developed a love of horizon lines and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. At an early age, she found a passion for the fine arts; drawing and painting were her favorite media. Completing college with an art degree, she wanted to help young students prepare for a direction in the art field by helping them develop and organizing their art portfolios. Bylander taught painting, drawing, portfolio, and various other art classes and was chair of the art department for thirty-two years in a local high school until her retirement. She then took a position as a fine art adjunct instructor for Missouri State University teaching drawing, 2D and 3D foundation art classes. She is currently substituting for fellow high school art teachers and working in her home-based art studio.
Bylander said, "I work with a variety of media, ranging from watercolor and acrylic to oil sticks. I tend to apply mixed media to my work, which provides a unique surface quality. The textures in my painting are derived from various materials such as paper, string, cardboard, and cloth. Often, I adhere a variety of images on paper to my raw or painted canvases, including pages from my art journals, or images collected from magazines, discarded books and wallpaper.
As an artist, I work to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others, about the beauty that exist in nature and society. If my images stir emotion or a memory for the viewer, the passion I’ve invested yields an added realm of fulfillment. It’s my hope that my art provides pleasure for the soul, as well as the eyes."
The program will start at 1:00 pm on Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 at the National Avenue Christian Church; 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors and members are invited to "show and share" their art following the program. Refreshments will be served.
Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild was organized in 1996 and is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Membership is open to adults 18 and over and includes both professional and emerging artists and those who appreciate and support the arts. The guild meets monthly for programs, sponsors workshops, organizes exhibitions and facilitates the interchange of ideas, information, and motivation for their members and the arts community.