The art of Xavier alumna Holly Schapker is on display at the Xavier Art Gallery until June 28. The public opening was held on Friday, May 17.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales of the art are going to the Ault Park Advisory Council, which sponsored a May 2 sampler at the Ault Park Pavilion to showcase Shapker’s nature paintings that include some depictions of the park.
"Ault Park is a special place for many people,” Schapker says. “It is a place of meditation and serenity for me. The seasons are reflected in their purest form in the park, giving one a feeling of being grounded in and a part of nature. It is a refuge for people and animals alike, surrounded by bustling suburbs and highways. I know and love just about every square inch of the park. The paintings are my tribute to Ault Park and all who use and maintain it. "
Schapker lives and works in Cincinnati. She graduated in 1992 from Xavier magna cum laude with a degree in art and continued her painting education by studying under Michael Scott and Cole Carothers. Her work has been the subject of many gallery shows and is in numerous private and corporate collections. She taught art at the Baker Hunt Institute in Covington, Ky., and painting at Xavier from 2004 to 2006.
Learn more about Schapker and view photos of her paintings at her website.
The Xavier Art Gallery is free of charge and open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., or by appointment at 513-745-3811. The exhibit will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day.
To learn more about Ault Park and the Ault Park Advisory Council, visit the website.