Accepted into the Missouri Watercolor Society international show, receives merchandise award "Savoir Faire"
St Joseph art museum features
Maryville resident in three month exhibition
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art (AKMA) in St Joseph, Mo will open a unique exhibition featuring long time Maryville resident and artist, Lana Cease. The show will feature nearly 40 works by Cease including mostly realistic still lives in watercolors.
The opening reception will be Friday, June 10 and the show will remain hanging until September 11, 2016 in the Campbell Galleries on the lower level. The artist will do a walk-through of the galleries at 5:30 on the 10th for anyone in attendance that would like to learn more about the series.
“Personal Affects” explores some of Cease’s fondest childhood memories in watercolor. “When I started these large scale realism pieces, I didn’t even realize at first that I was working through some of the little joyful moments of my childhood. It made me grasp that there were many more happy moments when I was a kid than I had elected to remember. It became a healing process in ways,” says Cease
Born and raised in Iowa, Cease was taught to paint in oils at a young age by her mother and later took many art courses throughout high school but experienced very little watercolor. She let her painting mainly go to the wayside until 2012 when her husband, Gene, bought her a watercolor class through AKMA as a Christmas gift.
“I’d always loved the look of watercolor but really didn’t know the proper techniques. Having learned the basics of oil painting, it was difficult to make the jump as the approach to watercolor is the exact opposite of oil,” says Cease. Cease took to it quickly and from there it unfolded extensively.
“Watercolor was just a hobby for me to start, but after a while it blossomed into something more, something bigger than I expected and from that a potential exhibition started to form.” Cease adds, “This is certainly a lifelong dream and something I never really thought would happen to me.”
Cease, a member of the museum decided to approach AKMA about a potential show and sale in the future. “That was over a year ago when I heard that the director would be retiring. I decided that I should move forward and it ended up being the catalyst that made me enquire about the exhibition,” says Cease. “I have entered the membership show the museum puts on every winter for several years now and have received multiple first place ribbons so that probably helped them decide as they were familiar with my work.”
Cease also recently was accepted into the Missouri Watercolor Society’s International show that hung in the St. Louis Central Library in April of this year. She won a merchandise award for her still life featuring many antique fishing lures called “Alluring” which will be on display at AKMA this summer.
AKMA is an art museum at 2818 Fredrick Ave in St. Joseph, MO. AKMA features notable American artists in both their temporary and permanent collections. You’ll find works from Thomas Hart Benton, Rembrandt Peale, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt and many others. Opening reception for Cease’s exhibition will be June 10 from 4-7 pm. There’s no charge to enter the museum opening night receptions.
Cease is a photographer by trade and owns Cease Fire Studios in downtown Maryville.