‘Into the Wild’
Majestic lions, horses in mid-gallop, massive elephants with piercing dark eyes.
These are just a few of the creatures that make up the acrylic menagerie decorating the walls of the lobby outside the performance hall at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
The paintings are the work of local artist Sarah Verschueren, and they are now on display at the arts center as part of a new exhibit.
Verschueren’s detailed, vibrant depictions of wildlife represent all corners of the animal kingdom, from the plains of North America to the sprawling national parks and Wilderness World Heritage areas of Tasmania.
A passion for animals and wildlife is what fuels Verschueren’s creative process; a desire to commune with nature and speak for endangered animals, raising awareness of their plight and preserving their beauty.
Verschueren’s exhibit, titled “Into the Wild,” will be on display in LACA’s performance hall gallery at 107 S. Harrison St. in Ludington throughout the month of December. An artist reception is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.
Each animal is rendered in careful detail by Verschueren, a self-taught painter and artist who feels a deep connection to the animals she puts on the canvas.
“Most of the time when I paint, it’s like the animals are calling to me,” Verschueren said. “It’s like they’re saying, ‘You need to paint me.’”
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