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Laura Alexander’s New Exhibition: Effervescent

 Bob P
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Local artist Laura Alexander has cuts and stitches on her arms, and frequently has bandaged fingers.

Two years ago while driving from a show with a carload of her etched-glass artwork, she stopped short and six pieces shattered. “I didn’t turn around, and I didn’t unload the car for two days,” she said.

Though glass is delicate, dangerous and a pain to work with, Laura enjoys playing with shadow and dimension.

“I draw with light instead of drawing with a pencil.”

Laura Alexander’s newest show, “Effervescent,” opens this week.

A reception will be held Thurs., Nov. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at the Ohio Art League’s new space, 1552 N. High St., adjacent to Landmarks Theatre in the South Campus Gateway.

Snacks from Surly Girl will be served. Somer Mager will curate the show.

Laura uses solely “reclaimed glass” from old windows. And she opted for glass because “I like to draw in nontraditional ways. Sometimes I draw with my sewing machine.”

Her desire to work with her hands may come from her father, a Pataskala fireman with four daughters who builds street rods for a hobby.

As a little girl, Laura went through a phase of drawing everything pregnant. “Animals, people, everything had another little baby inside of it. I was five.”

Taking a two-year artistic hiatus to deal with post-grad school burn out, Laura moved from Seattle back to Columbus and began renting a studio at Junctionview. That was nearly four years ago, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Her work has been seen at Agora, Urban Scrawl, Kick Start, Roy G. Biv, Haiku, and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. And she has helped coordinate shows for Couchfire Collective and the Franklinton Arts District. Recently she assisted with the creation of CAW!—the Creative Arts of Women.

She said that she would like to travel and expand beyond her current work, if only to return to it with fresh eyes.

“If you’re a realistic painter, sometimes you have to start painting abstractly so that you can come back to realistic painting with a new perspective.”

“Effervescent” will be on display through November. OAL’s hours are noon – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. More information can be found online at www.OAL.org.

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