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"The Blue Chair," oil on canvas, by Emily French

"The Blue Chair," oil on canvas, by Emily French

Oftentimes, artists with different methods can share a very similar goal or message.

Emily French and Emily Schlueter are two young Toledo artists who create their works in different ways — oil and acrylic paintings by French and digital photography by Schlueter. However, both of these artists’ works have something in common: They represent the history, journeys and obsessions of their lives as artists so far.

Their exhibit, “Image. Memory. Expression,” is on display Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, located in Tucker Hall on Main Campus. Their artwork can be seen through Friday, May 15.

French has found inspiration in places where she has lived and visited.

“Each subject is an expression of each of these places from my experiences,” French said. “I deal with the question of what the home is when so many places feel like it.”

"Not just for the innocent," digital color print, by Emily Schlueter

"Not just for the innocent," digital color print, by Emily Schlueter

Many of the ideas for Schlueter’s digital photography series were discovered by accident.

“I began the series of work about a year ago when cutting pieces for some collage out of a magazine,” Schlueter said. “I discovered the most interesting visual arrangements occur on the reverse side of what I originally intended to cut out.”

The end result of Schlueter’s work reveals the consumer obsession with money and the constant need for material things.

For more information on the free, public exhibit, contact the Catharine S. Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

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