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Meike Aton, acclaimed abstract artist, will speak at Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild on May 11

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Mike Aton brings a rare combination of the abstract and impressionist into her creations. She will be presenting her thoughts to Studio 55.

Meike Aton brings a rare combination of the abstract and impressionist into her creations. She will be presenting her thoughts to Studio 55.

Meike Aton will describe her journey into the world of abstract painting, what it means to her, how it changed her artistic expression, and the awards that followed for her and her students at the May meeting of Studio 55.

The program will start at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Avenue, in Springfield. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Letson at 417-869-7812 or Joan Bowen at 417-720-4583.

Aton’s journey in the art world started in her childhood in Germany with an array of crafts, painting and drawing, but only after finding her mentor Fritz van Eeden in Melbourne, Fla., was she finally able to release the stream of stored artistic expression. In her abstract art, Meike uses the fusing of organic and geometric elements as a means to bring to our attention the need for nature and human-created forces to coexist in harmony.

Aton’s art is inspired by an abundance of images from nature, as well as other artists such as Cezzane, Monet, O’Keefe, Macke, Rothko and Richter, to name only a few.

And, of course, color inspires her! She says “The places I live in, the places I go, all carry inspirational power for me.”

Mike Aton

Meike Aton

She has won numerous awards for her art and has been featured in local and international publications. Meike works and exhibits in Missouri, Florida and Germany.

Following her presentation, she will give a hands-on demonstration. For those who wish to participate, please bring a photo or magazine clipping (something that inspires you), a drawing pad and pencils or pastels or crayons.

Studio 55 is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and was organized in 1996. It is composed of artists of all media and various levels of expertise. We are dedicated to support, educate and develop artists and promote visual arts in Springfield and the surrounding communities. Our monthly programs and meetings are free and open to the public. They are held in the Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church. See us on line at studio55arts.blogspot.com or on Facebook: Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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