"Me, Myselfie & I," a juried for awards exhibit of self-portraits created with oil, colored pencils, acrylic, pastel and watercolor, celebrates its opening with a reception on Thursday evening at
The reception starts at
The artists featured in this exhibit that will remain at the library through
"For a small show in number of entries there is remarkable diversity," said Juror Amy DeLap, artist and retired art professor.
DeLap's own work "Self Portrait with My Dad" is included in the exhibit as is a work by the exhibit honorary chair
Some artists chose to take a very realistic or formal look at themselves, while others chose a more whimsical view, bordering on caricature to perhaps capture more of a personality snapshot rather than a rendering of appearance.
Some pictured themselves very up close and personal, and others chose to be placed in a moment -- with family members or pets, or even outdoors enjoying a hobby.
"Usually the subject looked directly at the viewer, other times the gaze turned inward, or in another direction," DeLap said. "It was interesting to consider what message such decisions implied."
Historically, portraits were created for the rich and powerful and were considered pretty serious in tone.
Over time, both the audience and the intent of portraits have evolved, as is noted by
"I see myself as happy," she said. "I have received countless blessings in my life, and it would probably be a sin to be anything but happy."
In keeping with the notion that most people really don't like photos of themselves, OVAL curator
But one of her own most successful portraits started out as a self-portrait that she hated and was about to throw away.
It helped, she said, to take the focus off herself and put it on the grandson also depicted in the work.
An artist featured in the exhibit said a key component of her recent work helped keep her focused.
"Color has been the most important aspect of painting for me in recent years, especially in oils," said
Perhaps because painting self-portraits do take artists a bit out of their comfort zone -- from observer of the world around them to inspector of self -- some artists were inspired to work with different tools for this assignment.
"Sometimes we have to look deeper inside ourselves to find out what we can do," said
Artists and their works included in the exhibit are:
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