Local artist’s exhibit explores friends, family, society
For local artist Lynda Fox Blankinship, painting is life.
“I have to paint,” Blankinship said. “I paint when I’m happy and I paint when I’m sad.”
Blankinship’s work is now on display at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts in an exhibit titled, “50 Years of Painting my 78 Years,” the title of which references the 78-year-old’s time spent conveying thoughts and feelings into strokes of the brush and the pen.
The exhibit shows a lifetime of lessons learned. It also tells a story, according to Blankinship — one of growth, identity family and more, all told through colors on canvas.
Painting and drawing is an emotional outlet for the Ludington woman — a way to contextualize the world around her and process thoughts and feelings as well as grief and loss.
“I’d lost my husband, and both of my sons had died ... when these things happened I painted. It’s just sort of how I work through that,” she said. “It’s a passion for me, and it’s gotten me through a lot of difficult times. It’s something I can zero in on regardless of what’s happening around me.”
A lifelong enthusiast of the arts, Blankinship said she’s been painting for 50 years — doing so “seriously” for about 30 — but it’s been a love of hers since childhood, during which time she said she received positive feedback and encouragement from a close-knit family where creativity was nurtured.
Lynda Fox Blankinship’s exhibit, “50 Years of Painting my 78 Years” is on display through July 31 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison St.
An artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at LACA
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