The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 1, 2012

Ashford University art gallery to feature watercolors, collages


Herald Staff Report

CLINTON — Lana Caywood will showcase her artwork in an exhibition titled “Evolution” in Ashford University’s Cortona art gallery from Dec. 10 through Feb. 1.

A reception for Caywood is planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the gallery.

“‘Evolution’ is an exhibition of my artwork and its progression over time. For me, the creative act is a journey,” Caywood said. “As I change and grow, as society and the political climate of our country changes, so does my work. ‘Evolution’ represents a span of more than 20 years of my creative journey.”

The exhibit includes detailed watercolors, a representational collage, abstract art of metaphor and art for social justice.

Growing up in west central Missouri, Caywood’s life was influenced by parents, grandparents and extended family who had survived the Great Depression and World War II.

“Both of my grandmothers raised their families with the ‘make do or do without’ philosophy,” she said. “It was from them I learned the art of making — making gardens, sewing, knitting and homemaking. This is the reason I include ‘maker’ as a personal descriptor as well as artist and educator. I find the life of a maker more personally satisfying than the life of a consumer.”

As an art educator, Caywood has taught students from preschool through the university level.

The Cortona art gallery is located on the second floor of Ashford University’s Clare Hall. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, weekdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and for private showings by appointment. For more information, call 242-4023.