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Artist's paintings on display in New Albany

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Westerville artist Laurie Clements will display her paintings from a recent trip to Italy through Dec. 5 at Hayley Gallery in New Albany.

Clements lived in New Albany for 16 years and was the New Albany Symphony Orchestra's guest artist for the 2012-13 season.

This is her second solo show at Hayley Gallery.

Clements said she wanted to be inspired by another beautiful place, and her recent trip to Italy "broadened and challenged my art, as it was all 'en plein air' painting, which is painting and completing the work on-site."

En plein air is a French expression that means "in open air."

Clements said en plein air painting can be a challenge since "the outside elements are not always a painter's friend."

Clements, who worked for the Columbus College of Art and Design as an admissions director and professor of color theory, said she paints with oils on canvas and mural paper, "alternating between brush work and a palette knife process."

"I frequently paint local landscapes and familiar sites, which I find joyful when someone recognizes that and knows the area," Clements said. "My work hangs in several New Albany homes that follow this visual direction."

The show opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the gallery, 270 E. Main St. in New Albany.

Gallery owner Hayley Deeter has said Clements' work can surprise people because of her depth of subject matter.

"The true measure of an artist is the ability to literally 'walk through' their paintings," Deeter said. "Her paintings allow viewers to imagine being in Italy with her, whether walking through a magnificent vineyard or sipping chianti al fresco at a Tuscany cafe."

Clements said she has painted since she was a child in Newark and was encouraged by her parents, as well as Newark High School art teacher Marilyn Herriman.

She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and began painting full time 11 years ago.

A cancer survivor, Clements founded Locks and a Lift four years ago.

It is a silent-auction fundraiser that has raised more than $72,000 for women receiving breast cancer treatments at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Clements said she donates four paintings to the auction and all proceeds from the silent auction benefit the cancer patients.

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