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“How are you today?” If you’re wondering how to reply, this art show might have answers.

Tell me a story – an Exploration into Visual Narrative is the latest exhibit to be featured in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery. The show runs from April 4 to April 27 and is open to the public.

This time, the show is all about narrative.

“What I wanted when I was thinking about this is trying to find artists that had definite narratives going through,” Kay Bunnenberg-Boehmer, Gallery Coordinator for the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, said. “There were stories that were happening.”

The artwork featured in the gallery covers a diverse range of mediums. From the whimsical wood carvings of Stan Peterson, to the mesmerizingly complex scenes of Alison O’Donoghue, every piece has a story behind it.

One of the artists featured in the show, and also present for the gallery reception, was Kathryn Cellerini Moore. She began her presentation by asking the audience: “How are you today?”

“The reason that I’m asking how you’re feeling today is that some of you went ‘Okay, well I’m actually feeling really crappy, or I don’t wanna be here, or I don’t want to do this.’ And yet what did you say? You said: ‘oh I’m good, I’m fine, I’m all of these things,’” Moore said. “There was a moment that you were figuring out what it was that you were feeling and what it is that you actually said. There was a decision that happened there. And that’s kind of where I like my art to intervene.”

For Moore, her art is a way of telling the story of herself. When you ask her “how are you today?”, you’ll know how she’s doing that day. “Making artwork is taking that question about ‘how are you doing today Katherine?’, and making it real and tangible for somebody else to see… for the last decade I’ve been making artwork about death, about grief and the grieving process, and about loss. I have found that making art about those things keeps my integrity in check.”

Lisa Kaser, another artist featured in the show, takes a different approach to her art. “I’m not consciously tapping into how am I feeling,” Kaser said. “I’ll draw draw draw and fill drawing books, and I’ll go back in and revisit the books. I’d isolate a character, paint it and cut it out, and then I start assembling these characters, and build a story that way.”

Kaser’s art features a myriad of characters in odd and sometimes humorous situations. “Maybe this guy with the duck head needs to go and be playing with this guy over here in this picture plane.”

Moore concludes her talk by addressing her opening question. “Earlier when I asked you ‘how are you doing?’, it’s always that pulse check. How are you doing? What are you experiencing? This is what I’m experiencing right now.”

Catch the experiences and stories at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, located in Bldg. 3, until April 27.

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