Work in progress

Local artist to showcase pieces at 'From the Garden Series'

Colette Bangert's house is filled to the brim with large, color-splashed art pieces. A portion of her life's work hangs on her walls.

"I don't call it a career," Bangert said. "I call it a practice. It's more of a day-to-day way of living."

Fifty selections from the past 10 years of Bangert's artwork, assembled under the title "From the Garden Series: Works on Paper and Thread Pieces," will be displayed in September at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

Bangert, 68, said she'd been creating art since her mother put a crayon in her hand as a child. She completed a five-year studio program at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, where she concentrated on painting and lithography. She earned a master's degree in fine arts from Boston University.

Over the years, she has created hundreds of pieces of artwork, both on paper and with thread, that have been exhibited throughout the country.

Her works on paper are created with mixed media, including water paints, crayon, colored pencil and ink. Bangert draws inspiration for these works from nature.

"My art evolves from what's out there in the world," she said. "It's all part of what I see."

Bangert's paintings reflect the seasons. Her spring paintings contain a great deal of vibrant green, and her winter paintings are more subdued.

"In my art, two things work back and forth," she said. "On paper, it's like the pages of a diary. It's my visual day-to-day, but it's also what's inside of me, my interior."

Bangert's cloth wall hangings are composed of fabric of many different colors, prints and textures. Also included are thread, yarn and buttons. The hangings fit on door backs and many times contain every color of the rainbow.

An exhibition of works on paper and thread pieces � "From the Garden Series" � will be displayed Wednesday through Oct. 15 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.A reception for the artist will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Bangert will give a slide talk at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the arts center.Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday when classes are in session.

Bangert thought of the idea for the thread pieces more than 10 years ago.

"Epiphanies," she said. "There's something about doing (art), you just get these ideas."

Bangert said the arts center exhibit represented the first time she had displayed her wall hangings. The show will include 12 thread pieces, which can take her two to three months to produce.

The artist has no trouble drawing a defining line between her works on paper and her thread works. In an earlier newspaper article, she said the works on paper resemble extreme closeups of bits of landscape, which offers a variety of shapes and forms. She describes the landscapes as "my private interior reality."

On the other hand, she considers the thread pieces to be "more public" and reflective of the outer world.

Bangert said she loved to generate artwork because it exercised her creative side.

"There are as many ways to be creative as there are human beings. ... I've chosen throughout my life to use my creativity to try to make something within the area of fine art," she said.


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