COLUMBIA, Ky. — Art with a musical theme was a natural one for Ev Niewoehner to paint.
The retired teacher lives in Nashville, Tenn., the epicenter of country music. So his current show at the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery, “The Art of Music,” plays on that theme.
“I’ve lived in Nashville, the ‘Music City,’ my entire life so it seemed natural to do a show with a music theme,” Niewoehner said. “A majority of the work I do has been music influenced and based. Music is a universal language that people of all cultures are drawn to.”
Niewoehner’s “Art of Music” show at LWC, which runs through Sept. 28, features 26 oil paintings of instruments and musicians in either colorful settings or in impressionist scenes that reflect instruments’ shapes, sounds and moods they create. Musical influences depicted in the paintings include classical, country, jazz and Latin sounds.
A public reception will be held for Niewoehner at 3:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 13 in the Begley Gallery.
“I’ve always had interest in art since I was a kid,” Niewoehner said. “My mother saw something in me and encouraged to pursue art. Art class was my favorite in high school and college. I’ve worked on art as a side project for most my life, until I retired from teaching in 1992, where I focused all my attention onto my art.”
Niewoehner, who will also speak to LWC classes on Sept. 13, said he hopes his work can inspire and instruct aspiring artists at the college.
“I hope to give these kids some insight and the chance to talk to someone who is the field of art,” he said.
LWC Professor of Art Tim Smith said it is important to expose students to professional artists.
“A lot of students think of art as either a avocation or as a vocation, and they need to know how to go about getting their work out there,” said Smith, who is also director of the Begley Gallery. “Most students don’t understand how important it is to get their work out there for public viewing and receive feedback from it. It gives the students a chance to work with and talk with other working artist and gather new perspectives on art.”
“The Art of Music,” by Ev Niewoehner, is on display through Sept. 28 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C. Begley Gallery. A public reception for Niewoehner will be held 3:30 p.m. CT Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Begley Gallery. For more information, contact Tim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 384-8079.
LWC NIEWOEHNER — Jazz Combo is one of 26 oil paintings by Ev Niewoehner on display through Sept. 28 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C. Begley Gallery.