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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 1:15 am

Book lovers will be treated to yet another art show at the Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery in the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

“A paint, a brush and all that jazz” by artist Judith Smith, which include oil paintings ranging from abstracts to African Crowned Cranes, are now hanging at the library free for all to view. The exhibit features birds, landscapes, florals, seascapes, westerns, abstracts and still lifes.

Smith said she has been an art enthusiast since childhood, and took art and design courses at Indiana University as well, studying under several award-winning artists. Through the years she’s been able to develop her own style and practice with all sorts of mediums. Even so, she only began oil painting two years ago. Such a short time later, Smith has a full exhibit with 34 individual pieces.

“I enjoy drawing, painting and designing, as well as visiting art museums and galleries. I appreciate all artistic styles,” Smith said. “I have recently been able to explore oil as a medium — and all its possibilities.”

Smith said each new project or series she works on becomes an adventure in artistic expression.

“My seascapes, lighthouses and sailboats are a mini-vacation. My landscapes are an afternoon walk or camping trip. I love to capture the flowers, animals and cloud formations that we only briefly enjoy in our busy lives,” she said. “In fact, when I’m painting sail boats and lighthouses I can feel the breeze.”

CPDL Gallery Director Lissa Fairfield is quite pleased to have Smith’s works hanging on the walls.

“I think they’re great. Have you seen the birds? They’re fantastic,” she said.

The exhibit opens today and will remain on display until Sept. 28. To view other work by Smith, visit

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