Nationally Recognized Artist to Exhibit Work

Artist Tina Bernier of Redding, Conn., will exhibit her artwork at William Woods University, starting in January.

Bernier’s still life oil paintings and pastels will be on display in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts Jan. 7 through Feb. 6. A public reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 8.

Originally a family therapist, Bernier always found time to paint, but now devotes all of her time to her artwork. Although primarily self-taught, she has studied with Daniel Greene and Peter Seltzer.

Described as simple, quiet and understated, Bernier’s style is easy on the eyes as it opens your mind. “Within their silent spaces these paintings call out for us to stop, to look, and to listen to the changing world around us,” said Paul Clervi, chair of the division of visual, performing and communication arts at WWU.

Virginia M. Mecklenburg, senior curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, said, “Tina Bernier’s interiors and still life convey a remarkable sense of quiet. Light caresses each contour, then freezes it in space and time. . .The enclosed spaces and close-in perspective give the paintings an intimacy that is a hallmark of Bernier’s style.”

Her artwork has been on display throughout the country and recognized by several art organizations, including the American Art Professional League. She was given an Award of Excellence from the Manhattan Arts International for entries in the 2000 Competition, ‘Herstory.’

Her painting, “Breathing Room,” was one of 65 paintings selected out of 1,000 to exhibit in the Matrixarts International 2000 show, ‘Women Consumed, Women Consuming,” in Sacramento, Calif.

She recently completed a painting called “In Memory,” which depicts the Sept. 11 tragedy at the World Trade Centers. She also makes a statement about the environment with “Legacy: Oil on Water.”

According to Bernier, she plans to continue to paint about emotional space as depicted in “Breathing Room” and the idea of the metaphor of an “Empty Nest.” She also plans to paint thematically about time and place and current issues.

“When painting, I try to capture the visual moment as well as the metaphor of that internal dialogue and impart to the observer a level of ambiguity and mystery,” Bernier said. “The use of metaphor in painting keeps alive my personal reflections and distills them through paint and pastel.”

Admission to the Cox Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 573-592-4245 for more information.