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Oconomowoc Artist Virgi Driscoll's Show "Abstraction Within" at CAC in October

Oconomowoc artist Virgi Driscoll will be the featured artist in October at the Whitewater Arts Alliance's Cultural Arts Center. Her show, "Abstraction Within," runs October 5 to 29, Thursday through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at the CAC on 402 West Main Street. Virgi Driscoll will be greeting attendees at a free opening reception on Sunday, October 8 from 1-3 p.m., with The Daylilies singing for the crowd.

Virgi has been making art all her life and has taught art at the high school level for 30 years. Leadership in the arts and a passion for student self-learning in the arts are important to her as an artist and arts educator. She has served in many arts and arts education leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.

Originally a figurative oil painter, she has been creating abstract oil paintings for the past seven years. Inspired by a wide variety of artists, especially the Abstract Expressionistic artists, such as Hans Hoffman, Joan Mitchell, and Brian Rutenberg, she continues to more deeply explore this form of painting. Painting in many forms is deeply imbedded in her being. The human figure is still seriously explored in various approaches to drawing and painting.

Driscoll's art work has been exhibited in local, state, regional and national exhibitions. She has won awards for both her paintings and drawings.

Linda Long, president of the Whitewater Arts Alliance, said, "I was so pleased last October to be introduced to Virgi by Robert Tarrell, who was exhibiting in the gallery at the time. Bob sang her praises and advised me that she was one artist we really needed to feature. Virgi's abstract paintings will be a really nice change of pace for us. I hope everyone gets a chance to come to the reception. The Daylilies will be singing for us starting at 1:30p.m., so it will be a really special afternoon."