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Anne Elisabeth Hogh in The Color of Motion

From January 2nd to the 23rd

The reception takes place on January 4 th , 6-8 PM

Artist with local ties exhibits in New York

"You have to be nervous. Otherwise, you aren't going to stay in your toes." Anne Elisabeth Hogh

Coming from Denmark , where the charging light bathes the land of various colors, to the United Stated, where extremely hard light exists, was a stark contrast for one area painter.

Since December people of Beloit have had the opportunity to grasp Denmark 's lightning by viewing Anne Elisabeth Hogh's paintings in The Villager downtown. And, beginning this week, her work will reach a wider audience at an art gallery in Chelsea , N.Y.

Hogh, who once lived in Beloit but now lives in Evanston , ILL. , is one of the six artists featured in the Agora Gallery's "The Color of Motion" exhibit, which will run until Jan 23.

"It's extremely exciting." Hogh said for her first show in New York but admitted she's a bit nervous. "You have to be nervous. Otherwise, you aren't going to stay in your toes."

Because Hogh's mother is an abstract artist. Hogh grew up with painting; making it natural she did the same.

Hogh first came to Beloit "a million years ago" as an exchange student, she said, returned to Europe for further education and finally settled in Illinois. Yet, she remains involved in Beloit 's art community because she has friends here and The Villager carries her paintings.

"It just seems to be a good place to be." Hogh said of her Beloit ties.

When Hogh paints, she worked with light and the necessity of color by working thickly and with layers that combine together to react to the light. Many of her paintings try to recreate the lighte grew up with on a Denmark coastline, Hogh said.

The 10 pieces displayed in The Villager include layers of paint rising centimeters above the canvas and a multitude of colors, with orange peeking behind greens and, in another paintings, both the hues evident behind a layer of yellow.

Although Hogh has been able to support herself and her three sons- ages 12, 13 and 15 – with her artwork for six years, it took her five years to reach monetary success.

"It's hard because there are a lot of ups and downs," Hogh said of becoming a financially stable painter. "Everything's so irregular. It's either feast or famine."

Hogh mainly paints at home, but her murals require a lot of location work, she said, adding she's in the process of creating a mural at private home in South Beloit .

At press time, Hogh had 60 paintings in stock, which is "huge workload", she said, noting artists try to have at least 30 pieces to show all at all times. Painting every day doesn't get tiring to Hogh, who calls the activity her escape.

"It gets me into my sacred space," she said.

Not every piece comes easily, though, but Hogh doesn't give up on one she's started. Instead she'll have a cup of coffee and return to the canvas or put the work aside for awhile be for e continuing.

"You don't see the same thing ever time" Hogh said.

Hogh and her sons left for the Empire State Tuesday and planned to visit Ground Zero, The United Nations and the Statue of Liberty besides viewing the Agora Gallery exhibit. The reception for "The Color of Motion" is Thursday.

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