Evolve Urban Arts Project Presents "High Plains" The Art of Berdena Whisman

By Editorial Team on May 9, 2012
Image Courtesy of Evolve Urban Arts Project.



Opening Reception, Thursday, May 10 from 5:30 to 9 pm.

“The High Plains of Northwest Kansas was my place of birth, a small, rural community of rolling hills, tall grasses, and yucca. As a farm girl my contact with crops, livestock, old buildings and the varying personality of nature instilled in me a desire to record this ever-changing cycle of the seasons.

After high school graduation, I married and started a family. I went to college to become an elementary school teacher and formal arttraining did not arrive until years of self teaching had eclipsed.

My more in-depth training came through community college classes and I joined the Palco Art Club in the early 1980’s, enjoying participation in local art shows.  As the club president since 1990, I have been instrumental in developing a program to bring professional artists to this rural community to teach painting workshops.

I work with oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil and a bit of acrylic. The majority of my paintings are landscapes interspersed with still life and old buildings, in particular barns and churches that anchor my heart in the beauty of the High Plains.

Along with dabbling in the art world, I have broadened my creativity by taking up needle and thread.  Women of the High Plains have always exhibited their creativity through the creation of quilts to use daily on the beds of the family.  My mother pieced quilts together and then hand-quilted the entire article.  Fabulous, beautiful works of art.

For several years, I have wanted to expand on this media but did not have the extra hours to do so. Since my retirement from the school system, I have regained this time.

My training with color combinations and nuances in the painting world has overflowed into my world of quilting.”

The exhibit runs Thursday, May 10 through July 5, 2012. To view this exhibit, please call 202-744-6439 for an appointment.

The Project space is located in the Pierce School Lofts at 1375 Maryland Avenue, NE, in the H Street Arts and Entertainment District. For more information evolvedc.com.