Mt. Vernon Register-News

January 9, 2014

Rend Lake College hosts art show

Staff Report
The Register-News

---- — INA — Rend Lake College will be hosting its Visiting Artist Series, highlighting the work of Wheat Elder.

The exhibit is slated to be in the Theater Lobby from Jan. 17 through Feb. 28.

Elder, a resident of Salem, works with oil paintings, predominantly.

“I love to paint,” Elder said. “I’ve been oil painting for 18 years, using the alla prima, or wet-in-wet method, and am self-taught.”

Elder said she finds inspiration for her art in her baby daughter and everyday things.

“The texture of a pumpkin, the play of light on a cream pitcher, a feeling of home, things that are often overlooked in the busyness of the day,” Elder said. “I try to capture

and appreciate the gentle beauty of common things.”

Rend Lake College is one of the most recent to exhibit her work, as she has been in juried shows nationally and internationally, such as in London, England and New York. She is a member of the Illinois Artisans Program and serves as an officer on the board of administrative counselors at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

“I teach a small painting class twice a month near my home and have taught for the Illinois Artisans Program workshops and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts,” Elder said. “My paintings reside with customers all over the nation, and I had the honor of being commissioned to do a painting for the late Sen. Thomas Eagleton shortly before he passed away. My goal as a painter is to evoke feelings of peace, comfort and rest. I want my work to be a small piece of all those things that make home a refuge.”