Dawson Community College is pleased and excited to have the paintings of Billing’s artist Allison O’Donnell on display in Gallery 126. Her exhibit Organizing Elements will be open for public viewing from Monday, November 1st through Friday, December 17th. Gallery 126 hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm, and evenings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30 to 9 pm. Located in room 126 computer lab next to the library. For more information and to see the 2010 – 2011 gallery schedule go to http://www.dawson.edu/arts/visual/gallery-126
Allison O’Donnell’s paintings have an intimate quality both in size and texture. Rendered in earthy colors, emotive lines and shapes, and imbued with an atmosphere of mystery, her abstract works have a familiar feeling of transient place. Her work is simultaneously simple and complex, illusive and direct. She describes her expressive painting method, “My artwork is a process of organizing the elements of color, line and shape. I begin with a blank surface and have no sense of what the finished painting will look like. I start drawing lines or add color. I let each step inform the next and continue organizing these elements until they come to a feeling of balance. My paintings are intuitive and very much about the process of their creation.” The works in Allison’s exhibit are all acrylic and graphite and some collage on either hardboard cradled panel or on canvas.
Allison has always been interested in art. She began drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon. She was born in Billings, Montana in 1976 and lives there still. She is primarily self-taught with the exception of public school, art classes with Carolyn Thayer and Sara Mast, and brief study at Eastern Montana College. Since 1996, she has produced artworks and exhibited paintings across Montana. O’Donnell has been included in solo and group shows at the Toucan Gallery and Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, the Dana Gallery in Missoula, Beall Park Art Center in Bozeman, and the Custer County Art and Heritage Center in Miles City. O’Donnell’s paintings have also been published as the covers of several books by retired California State University - Bakersfield professor Steven Carter. In addition, Allison is co-owner of Toucan gallery, framing, and consulting.