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Nawrocki's graphite drawings on display at library


"Solitaire 9" is one of 12 graphite drawings by Susa Nawrocki currently at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Photo by: Courtesy photo


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Local artist Susa J. Nawrocki currently has 12 pieces of her artwork on display at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. The Solitaire drawings are a continuing series of graphite drawings utilizing pure design elements with a strong inspiration from nature.  


Nawrocki applied ebony pencil in a circular motion to build up layers of tone on the working surface. The graphite is pushed into the tooth of the paper as it is applied with a kneaded eraser. The eraser also controls the gradual achromatic blend from light to dark or a reversal from a dark to light tone. A textural tooth, inherent in the paper, becomes apparent and enhanced as the shades evolve. The irregular signature edge is paramount as the shapes develop. Nawrocki said, "I am concerned with the positive silhouette as it interacts with the negative space." 


Nawrocki received her M.S.A. degree in drawing and painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in more than 50 state, regional and national art competitions including the Oklahoma Art Center, St. Johns University, Ball State University and Brooks Memorial Art Center-Memphis. Nawrocki is also the former reference librarian at the library and she has resided in Columbus for more than 40 years.  


The display is up through Aug. 23. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  


For more information, contact Mona Vance-Ali at 662-329-5304.



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