Roughhewn People Artist Profile: Shauna Lee Lange

Ask.Listen.Journey – Artist Profile: Shauna Lee Lange

February 1, 2017

Name:  Shauna Lee Lange

Piece in the Show: Hole In My Heart & Human Cycles

Primary Medium: large-scale watercolor abstracts in neo-pointillism

Where are you from?

I am originally from New England and spent many years working in metropolitan Washington, D.C. prior to moving to coastal Florida in 2011.

 What background do you have in art? 

I am a self-taught exhibiting artist.  I  hold over 10 years professional art advisory experience and have many certifications in donor relations, collections development, appraisals, auction, and other visual, fine, and craft art arenas.  I regularly teach art journaling, drawing, sketching, and art camp workshops.  I participate on the national scale for art advocacy.

What role, if any, do artists have in social justice? 

Artists are one of the leading voices in social justice because artists help us reframe, reimagine, and revision not only the what was, or the what is, but more importantly, the what can be.

What inspires your creative work the most?

I am most inspired by issues of faith, belief, spirituality, and nature in examining intersections and interdependencies.  When we look at art, what we dislike can be MORE inspiring because it causes a reaction.  Of course, beauty and aesthetic are compelling always, but the work that strikes with authentic originality is very motivating.

What themes do you most pursue?

Themes of personal geographies and how we move, live, and grow through our experiences.  How we learn, how we effect change.  How we’re connected and interdependent and what that looks like on the macro and micro level are compelling themes.

How have other artists influenced your work? 

I am partial to work which demonstrates throughput of thought.  Hiroyuki Doi and Yayoi Kusama are two artists working in themes of the circular, often rendered in excruciating detail.  They exhibit the Asian aesthetic of beauty in clean simplicity and I find resonance and awe in that.

How do you see your work engaging people? 

Because much of my initial background in art was in Washington, D.C., I was gifted with the ability to immerse in color theory and color school traditions and techniques, especially given the range of available museums.  Although the circle form and it’s innumerable renderings are at the heart of my work, color and communication in how they inter-relate are always foremost in my mind and are what ultimately I trust will attract the viewer.

What memorable responses have you had to your work? 

The best response is when one is rendering an artwork in public and a child asks if they can participate and try to draw.  When art extends beyond the artist’s vision to encourage the artistic spirit of a child, that to me is magic.  They instantly recognize, this is something I can do – draw a circle.  And I truly want to serve as confirmation wherever possible.  Absolutely yes, you can!

What is your dream project? 

My dream project would be something along the lines of developing an art environment, which is more than a singular piece, and more than a collection of pieces.  Art environments extend beyond public installation art or even street or mural art.  They can be immersive and life altering.  To have the ability to create that for others would be performance art of the highest realm.

Do you have any upcoming or current shows you are in other than this one? 

Yes, I am presently showing plein air watercolor works at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (a division of Ringling College of Art & Design) in Sarasota, FL and a collage based on community progressive/sequential art at Englewood Art Center (also a division of Ringling College of Art & Design) in Englewood, FL.  We just finished showing at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA and we are awaiting final decision in several exhibitions nationwide.

How can people support artists and creatives well? 

Art and money are two historically counter-intuitive and counter-focus processes.  If you care for the arts, you simply must support not only artists themselves in purchasing works you love, but also support organizations and causes dedicated to the advancement of art.  Invite us over for dinner, too.  Most of us can’t be bothered to cook.  🙂

Shauna Lee Lange is the founder of The Art Evangelist, a full-service, interfaith liturgical art advisory specializing in sacred spaces, public places and creative placemaking. 

educational foundation of sarasota extends invite to createsrq

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County extended an invitation for all of us to join the  CreateSRQ Juried Art Show featuring almost 250 works of art by talented high school students throughout Sarasota County, Florida.

CreateSRQ Juried Art Show
January 13 to January 16

Ringling College of Art and Design
Daily 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Free and open to the public

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Visitors to the exhibit will be invited to vote for their favorite piece. The student whose art work receives the most votes will be presented with the Marie B. Ritter People’s Choice Award.
The Foundation has a vision to empower students in our community to fulfill their potential and seize their future by fostering a lifelong love of learning.
CreateSRQ is a culmination of the area’s preeminent student arts competition, and evenings to celebrate young talent in our arts rich community and elevate support for diverse educational initiatives. CreateSRQ includes a juried arts competition as well as online bidding for art connoisseurs throughout January and February 2017.
A gala event at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the culmination of the area’s preeminent high school arts competition, showcasing more than 300 submissions from Sarasota County students.
For questions, please contact myoung@edfoundationsrq.org or call 941-927-0965.
the art evangelist is a full-service liturgical art advisory specializing in sacred spaces, public places and creative placemaking.  We seek to unite art and faith, how can we help you grow?  941.875.5191

 

city of north port extends belle soiree invitation

The Art Evangelist has received an invitation to participate in the 2017 Annual Belle Soiree in North Port, Florida for the third consecutive year.  The North Port Art Advisory Board extended their thanks for our participation in demonstrating some of our favorite art media at the annual Belle Soirée.

Date: 1/26/17  Times:  Event from  6:00pm to 8:00pm

Venue:  City of North Port City Hall, 1100 N. Chamberlain Blvd., North Port, FL  34286, Phone 941.240.8532  www.cityofnorthport.com

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The evening is one where citizens can increase their awareness of the Arts, all types.  Artists focus on the demonstrations of the craft of making or producing art. In the past years, Shauna Lee Lange, Founder of The Art Evangelist has demonstrated for the public, large-scale neo-pointillism techniques and rock, stone and pebble painting with mandala patterns.  Many other local area artists provide a range of art immersion activities to include dance, music, visual arts, fine arts and workmanship in crafts.

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The Belle Soiree is hosted by the North Port Art Advisory Board, which is an advisory board to the North Port City Commission. This is the seventh annual event, which has taken different names over the years and was originally created in 2010 to be part of the regional Festival sARTee. The goal of the North Port event is to recognize local artists and celebrate the artistic community. North Port is the largest city in the region with more than 60,000 residents.

“In 2017, we will see to bring greater awareness to the availability of art in the Belle Soiree. Particularly for those who believe they are too young or too old or too without talent and skill, we will show that art starts at the idea and inspiration phase and there is no wrong.” – Shauna Lee Lange, The Art Evangelist

Since North Port City Hall opened in 2006, the government building has featured a rotating art gallery on both the first and second floors. Recently, the third floor was added to be part of the art gallery. During the Belle Soiree, additional art will be hung on the walls and set out for display.

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Shauna Lee Lange (2016) Private Collection

Shauna Lee Lange’s neo-pointillism art is communicating, listening and seeking understanding.  The work is laboriously hand-rendered with many interdependent pieces containing well over 100,000 micro circles of varying sizes and shapes in an individual work.  As life has holes, Lange seeks not only to show a finished work, but also to accept the open and slower spaces between individual components and to accentuate them.  A late-emergent, self-taught artist, Lange is a United States Veteran. A resident of Southwest Florida since 2011, she is a driven arts advocate, speaker and arts education proponent. Immersed in visual thinking, communication and culture, Lange’s personal art and her firm’s work seeks to encourage large-scale, public art thematic works in nature, faith systems and personal geographies.  She holds a prior 15+ year US Government career in management and regulatory analytics. Ms. Lange will be featuring repetitive patterns, doodling, and other sketching and drawing in 2017.

the art evangelist is a full-service liturgical art advisory specializing in sacred spaces, public places, and creative placemaking.  We seek to unit artists, art and art programs with faith communities.  How can we help you grow today?  941.875.5190

calling englewood: sequential community art

We just returned from a rainy Saturday’s art exhibition and reception for a community art project. In Calling Englewood, new works based on previous sequential works were created, all stemming from an original photograph in one of four tracks. Artists were only able to see the rendered piece immediate to their own, and from that work derived a new interpretation.

Below is our collage contribution (right) Flora Fiesta (2015). The impressionist inspiration to the left was an acrylic painting with a palette we often see in Southwest Florida, muted blues and greens.  We wanted to re-introduce collage in this sleepy, beach retirement community with bold primaries as a way of saying “wake up, we’re not dead yet!” The community should embrace a celebration of life, color and vibrancy. Calling Englewood is the first exhibition for the Englewood Art Center in 2017 and is being featured with Clyde Butcher’s esteemed and phenomenal large-scale black & white Everglades photography.

People’s Choice Voting | Wednesday, January 4 – Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 12 pm

Exhibition | Open to the public through Friday, January 27, 

For those of you who are not familiar with the Calling Englewood… exhibition, it is a experiment in community and creativity that EAC tried for the first time this season.  Each piece in the show was inspired by only the previous artwork in the progression — like the retro game of telephone, hence the name Calling Englewood…

Special thanks to Joyce Ferrie for planting the idea seed for EAC to embark on this fun and creative exhibition!

It’s my regular practice to bring my son to receptions and it’s a joy to see the works he gravitates to, which increasingly are works of trees. Today he tried his own hand at photography, and in a surprise shot of me, he’s managed a swirl blurred background as a neat effect. Children see things from a different physical and mental perspective; let’s try to remember that with all our project submissions.

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the art evangelist is a full-service liturgical art advisory specializing in sacred spaces, public places and creative placemaking.  We seek to connect art, artists and art programs with interfaith communities. How can we help you grow? 941.875.5190