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W&L Professor Kathleen Olson’s Exhibit “Somewhere In Between” Opens in Staniar Gallery

“Somewhere In Between,” an exhibition of paintings by Kathleen Olson, opens October 8 in Staniar Gallery in the Art Department of Washington and Lee University.

Olson joined the faculty of Washington and Lee in 1987 as a professor of studio art. She now teaches all levels of drawing and painting.

Olson has exhibited widely in regional, national and international exhibitions and is the recipient of many grants allowing her to paint in France, Greece, Italy and Montenegro.

In “Somewhere In Between,” largely created during her sabbatical in the 2007-2008 academic year, Olson explores the intersection between domestic interiors and their surrounding landscapes in the Mediterranean region. She invites the viewer to experience this area of the world through vivid, boldly colorful representations of nature.

Olson has been giving Washington and Lee students a similar opportunity to paint from their travels by leading the “Drawing Italy” class every other spring term since 1999. This past May, she took a group of eleven sophomores and juniors to Rome, Spoleto, Cortona, Florence and Venice. The students’ work will be on view outside the Gallery.

Olson will be giving an artist’s talk on Friday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of Wilson Hall. The talk will be followed by a reception and is free and open to the public. “Somewhere In Between” will be on view in Staniar Gallery through November 6.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.