On Friday, Jan. 16, Susan Webb Tregay will present her mixed media art works in a Kortman Gallery solo exhibition titled When the Hokey Pokey Was All That It Was About.
If you run into Tregay poking through the sale books at Rockfords downtown library, choosing books for their thickness, titles and the color of their covers, then you have met the new Rockford transplant shopping for art supplies.
I carve into books, then mix in several media with a liberal dose of irony and humor, says Tregay. My work prods the viewer to recall the womens home environment of the 50s and 60s.
Tregays art became an extensive study of shelter many years ago in Buffalo, N.Y., where she lived before moving to Rockford. I used to paint with traditional perspective, but my house and interior imagery has taken on a life of its own, Tregay said.
Represented in many corporate collections and galleries in western New York, Tregay regularly exhibits her award-winning work in national shows around the country. She has published numerous articles on painting, and her work appears in seven other books. A grant recipient, Tregay created a full-sized fiberglass buffalo for Buffalo, N.Y., in 2001, and a 7-foot dinosaur for the Burpee Museum last summer. Her dinosaur, Beats Living in Hell Creek, can be seen at the AMCORE Bank, 501 Seventh St.
The show is free. An opening reception will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16 in the gallery at Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. Information: 968-0123.