“What are symbols? What do they mean? Symbols are everywhere…what role do they play in our lives?
For what reason are the symbols found on pottery or fabric? In my artworks I use old pagan symbols. I explore their history, origin, meaning and impact. This is an exciting and captivating process. I am inspired by the rich palette of hues that I see in the brilliance of nature. In my art you will find color and texture are a balanced combination that exudes energy, movement and vibrancy,” shares Olga Orlovska-Soaltys.
This Ukrainian artist, Olga Orlovska-Soaltys, lives in Saint Joseph, MI. She received her Master of Art degree at National Academy of Art, Ukraine, and majored in Textile Design and Decoration. Olga
teaches art classes at Buchanan Art Center and taught at University of Wisconsin Marinette Continuing Education. Olga taught adult classes in silk painting, advanced silk painting, and kids’ classes at Kids’ Art Camp, and Gifted and Talented Academy. Olga works in different media: reverse painting on glass, black ink and pen graphic, and silk painting. She is a member of the Northern Indiana Artists Inc.
Some of her awards: 2016 – Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture – NIA Merit Award; Heartland Artists Juried Regional Art Exhibit – Creativity Award. 2015 – Northern Indiana Artists Juried Show at the Box Factory for the Arts – Judge’s Award and Merit Award. She was also awarded Second Place in the Heartland Artist Juried Regional Art Exhibit, Plymouth, IN, and Third Place in the Elkhart Art League Annual Juried Show. 2014 – Olga received a Purchase Award in the Heartland Artists Juried Art Exhibit, and at the Colfax Campus Gallery, South Bend, IN, she received the NIA Merit Award. In 2013 she received the Best of Show in the 9th Annual Faith, Hope, Love Art Show in South Bend.
Olga is the featured artist at the Heartland Gallery in the month of November. This show opens Nov. 7 and will be displayed through Dec. 2 along with over twenty other local Gallery member artists’ work. An Open House is scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1 until 4. The community is invited to share in another art experience at their downtown Gallery.
The Heartland Artists Gallery is located at 101 N. Michigan Street. The Gallery shows local artists’ work and offers the School of Art for adult and student learning. For more information visit
www.heartlandartgallery.com, visit the Gallery or call 574-936-9515.