Courage and Hope
Indianapolis exhibition features works from Madison artist
Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Several paintings by a Madison artist featuring well-known area landscapes are currently on display at Butler University as part of an annual fundraising exhibition.
Jenny Straub Youngblood was chosen as one of seven artists from throughout Indiana to display her work in the sixth annual "Spotlight" exhibition at the college's Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis. The art exhibition is part of a fundraiser for the Indiana AIDS Fund and HIV/AIDS education and prevention with exhibiting artists donating portions of their sales to the cause. The show, themed "Courage and Hope," is relevant to everyone - and especially meaningful to those living with HIV, a Butler University release said.
Youngblood said she found out about the show and applied because her works often highlight a triumphant theme, even though there's also some kind of turmoil shown in the work.
"My paintings have traditionally been hopeful," Youngblood said.
Even though she thought her works would go well with the exhibition theme, Youngblood wasn't certain her works would be chosen from the entries submitted from artists throughout the state.
"I never thought I'd ever get in," she said.
She was a bit surprised to get the email congratulating her as one of the chosen artists for the months-long display, she said.
The Hanover College graduate has hosted shows throughout the local region, and the exhibition at Butler marks her third show in Indianapolis.
"This is the largest show I've had in Indianapolis," Youngblood said.
The show features 18 of her oil paintings, which highlight scenes from around Madison. Some of the paintings depict people in turmoil, yet each painting also shows a solution to the issue.
One of Youngblood's works in the series displayed at Butler features a woman in chains, yet locks and keys can be seen in the piece. The girl can been seen reaching for one of the key, which will provide the solution to the situation, Youngblood said.
Another painting, "Poetry in Motion," shows a girl in a chaotic and blurred Main Street nightscape scene. Yet the girl's eyes are closed and her ears are covered with her hands so that she might escape the chaos for just a little while.
Some of the paintings in the series focus on people and the surroundings, while others just depict landscapes or streetscapes. Most of the works highlight well-known Madison scenes at night, and a few of the works show area scenes at twilight.
Youngblood enjoys bringing the darker nighttime paintings to life by placing the lighter yellows and whites into her work, she said.
She often gains inspiration for many of her works from summer walks and buildings in the downtown Madison area, as well as music.
"I really enjoy walking down Main Street," she said. "I tend to paint from things that make me happy."
The exhibition will be on display at Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall through May 19. A gallery tour of the "Spotlight" exhibition will be at 6 p.m. on April 8.
The display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.