Friday Artist, Gloria Novak |

Friday Artist, Gloria Novak

Gloria Novak
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What is your career and your current job title? I am a library building consultant by profession. I plan the interior spaces of libraries, as well as specify furnishings and building systems, such as lighting.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. Inspired by my studies in East Asian art, I focus on capturing the colors, textures and patterns observed in nature.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Since 1980.

Why do you do it? I am excited by color and composition.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and, if yes, what is that message? No message, only the pleasure in viewing the object.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? What I do is too personal to be thought of as “work.” I would like as wide an audience as possible, whatever that may entail.

What kind of special training did you take? If not, how did you learn the art techniques or processes? I suppose my special training came from studying Oriental art at the University of California and from traveling with artists in Europe. As for the specifics of photography, I’ve read books, and friends who are photographers have shared information with me.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Traveling and focusing totally on the visual image before me, as though I were alone. I also especially enjoy selecting the mat and frame for each image. I strongly feel that each photograph requires its own unique setting to create the total image, the complete object, to be a success.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? I don’t have a least favorite.

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? I don’t know. My life is too varied. Sometimes involvement is intense, involving all my waking hours for weeks on end.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? No, it’s not hard work. Anyone who really wants to could do it if they are visually aware.

Any other comments you’d like to include? As an Asian art student, my dream was to travel to the Orient. The “Photographs of India” (exhibit reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center) represent a partial fulfillment of this lifelong dream. Some of the sculpture photographs represent objects I studied and loved as an undergraduate.

The “Photographs of India” reception has been brilliantly timed to coincide with Saturday’s performance of other South Asian art forms, Balinese shadow puppetry and live gamelan music at the Schoolhouse. To add to the excitement of the evening, authentic Balinese food will be served. Be certain to call the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center at 265-2826 to make reservations for dinner.


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