‘In Conversation’ gallery viewable at Tarble


Mackenzie Graham

Anne Vieux sits in front of one of her pieces at the Tarble Arts Center Tuesday afternoon. Vieux is one of four artists contributing to the “In Conversation” art exhibit at the Tarble Arts Center and, according to the Tarble Arts Center’s website, she will have her studio open on Saturday for visitors.

Luke Taylor, Reporter

This week at the Tarble Arts Center Eastern alumna Anne Vieux will be using Gallery 1104 as a pop-up working studio as a part of the yearlong “In Conversation” project.

“In Conversation” is a faculty spotlight show, and this year it focuses on the faculty as artists and mentors.

The faculty members exhibited were asked to reach out to a past student that they now see as a colleague.

Of the four artists participating in the show, two are faculty and two are mentees, one of whom is Vieux.

Vieux’s art has been on display since Aug. 17, but from Sept. 24-28, students will have the first opportunity to learn from her in person.

Vieux will be co-facilitating three workshops for high school-aged students during that time.

Tim Abel, museum education coordinator at the Tarble Arts Center, explained the three events Vieux will be directing for high school students.

“(Vieux) has supplied some patterns and we’re going to marble on top of those patterns, so it’s going to be this really layered process,” Abel said.

This is a simple way to reflect Vieux’s technique in a short period of time.

Her art has a very unique look to it, and she explained the process that goes into each piece.

“They’re made by scanning holographic paper and then painting on top of a print,” Vieux said. “The scans create a topography of peaks and lows, and then I edit that in Photoshop to whatever color scheme I’m interested in, and then I paint over and make a more flat image. It’s like a digital and analog image.”

Two of Vieux’s pieces are currently displayed in the Tarble as part of the “In Conversations” exhibit.

Her work is abstract, painted in acrylic on huge panels, but it does not look like paint.

The brush strokes are small enough to be invisible, so that even upon close inspection, the pieces almost look like Photoshop prints.

The colors blend into each other to actually look like crumpled holographic paper on the wall, except for the subtle patterns of lines or rectangles which add depth to the work.

Vieux is also directing two events for the public before the end of the week: an “Artists in Dialogue” talk on Thursday at 5 p.m. and an open studio from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday for Family Weekend.

Both events are free to the public.

Luke Taylor can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]