Martha G. Michael exhibit at Ohio Dominican includes photos, paintings

When she retired this calendar year from training at Funds University, Martha G. Michael commenced to concentrate much more on two of her wonderful enjoys: character and journey.

The previous exclusive training and art schooling professor continued making art in a wide range of mediums: painting, metalsmithing and photography. She’s traveled to Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Washington condition, Florida, Michigan and a lot more, capturing wildlife, plants and waterways.

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About 70 of her will work are on see in her show “Of Bones, Beasts and Breath-Taking” in Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery.

Quite a few of the pieces are illustrations or photos of wild animals — photos transferred to encaustic plate, providing them a marginally blurry and nearly mystic look.

“I obtained a position-and-click on Canon camera, an SX70 HS, that can take extraordinary shut-ups from a distance,” Michael claimed. “It improved my life.”

"Lion with Ticks," photographed by Martha G. Michael on the Serengeti Plain, Tanzania

The kind of detail she captures can be witnessed in “Lion With Ticks,” shot in Tanzania. A couple tiny ticks can be seen on the lush mane of the regal beast. Also from Tanzania is a portrait of a lilac-breasted roller, a big and vibrant South African chook.

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Michael expended time at the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania, in which she took a photograph of “Gandolf,” just one of a family of adolescent chimpanzees.

“Gandolf: Adolescent Chimpanzee from the ‘G’ Family," photographed by Martha G. Michael in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Paintings, developed in a blend of oil and chilly wax on board, include things like scenes from the Lake Top-quality place and a wide range of bigger-than-life bouquets and crops. Amongst these are blue “Poppies” and images of thistles, cactus flowers and lilies.

Michael, who gained a degree in metalsmithing from Washington College, went on to get a Grasp of Arts degree in art education from Ohio Point out University. She carries on to function in metals, particularly sterling silver. In this exhibit are shows of her rings, necklaces and bracelets, all present-day in search.