welcomes the opportunity
to provide local artists the opportunity to exhibit their works to the
general public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and
content thus reflecting the diversity and the vibrancy of the artistic
community in Southbridge and Central Massachusetts.
Lynda Shoup: Regeneration
life is rife with obstacles to self actualization. Time, money,
commitments, the expectations of others, are only some of the barriers
to fulfilling our own life purposes. Then there are the wounds we
sustain as a matter of course in the act of living. Wounds which can
fester and grow instead of healing.Regeneration is a reflection of my belief in the possibility of not only healing, but transformation rendering
us more capable, fully healed, as strong as ever with a deepened
perspective and determination to make the world a better place.
creating the works for Regeneration, I used materials which would
generally have been destined for the trash and used them along with
carefully curated materials to create works which speak to the ability
of the human spirit to change, to deepen and to thrive."
Shoup is a mixed media artist who makes paper, art journals, collage,
handmade books, printing and fiber arts. Her work often uses recycled
materials and focuses on how disparate materials and ideas can be
combined to create harmony.
Lynda studied art at the Munson
Williams Proctor School of Fine and Performing Arts and Utica College
for a year before transferring to Western Connecticut State University.
After earning her B.A. in Communications she lived in Tokyo, Japan
where she taught English Language and worked as a copy editor for Japan
Publications Trading Company in the Japanese traditional crafts
division. She translated three books The Joy of Flower Arranging, Rice
Bowl Recipes and The Joy of Antique Beading. Her free time was spent
learning the traditional arts of Japanese dance, flower arranging,
kimono, cooking and origami.
She later earned
her Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State
University and worked as an elementary school librarian in Southbridge,
Massachusetts for more than ten years. Lynda currently is serving on
Gwen Lafleur’s Artist Tribe Design Team and Arnold Grummer’s Design
- Wild Vine Studios (May)
- Artful Friends Raffle (June)
- Mario Quiroz (September)
- Debra Horan (October)
- Eric Rutman (November)