Artist couple inspired by West Texas

ASU hosts married artists in Gallery 193

By Christian Hunick
On February 1, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Keaton Merino, sophomore, dives into the fascinating "PDQ: Prints/Drawings – Quilts" display.

The works of West Texas artists Ellie Kreneck and Lynwood Kreneck will be on display until Thursday, Feb. 22, in Gallery 193 of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.

The exhibition, entitled "PDQ: Prints / Drawings – Quilts," is open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Ellie Kreneck is a professional quilter and resident of Lubbock since 1965 who draws inspiration for her art from her surroundings.

"West Texas, with its raw, rugged landscapes and immense skies, invokes a mystic response in me," Ellie said.

Ellie’s work has been featured in numerous museums, universities and art institutions across the state, including the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange and the Georgetown Art Center. Several images of her work have been published in "Studio Art Quilt Associates."

Lynwood Kreneck is a professor emeritus at Texas Tech University. He has taught and demonstrated the results of his research in Waterbase Screenprinting at the invitation of more than 50 colleges and universities in this country as well as in New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, China and Belgium.

Lynwood describes himself as a narrative artist.

"I speak to a variety of ideas and issues that I feel are important. My prints and drawings are often vignettes which describe or interpret what could be described as a moment related to the human condition."

One of the recurring elements in Lynwood’s prints and drawings is the presence of animals, such as a black terrier, which can be found in several of his pieces on campus.

"The human condition, I have found, is often greatly enhanced by the influence of the animals in our lives," Lynwood said.

Lynwood is represented in over 60 museum and university collections around the world and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Printmaking at the Southern Graphics International Conference in Madison, WI.

Gallery 193 contains over two dozen pieces of art by the Krenecks including "Morning Flight," "El Toro Del Llano," "It’s All in How You Play The Game," and "West Toward Home – Where Buffalo Roam."

Junior Juanita Aguilar said her favorite painting on display is called "St Joan Welcomes the Buffalo Air Corps."

"The combination of blue and black for the sky caught my attention and resembled something we were learning in one of my art classes," Aguilar said.

There is no admission fee to view the exhibit. On Thursday, Feb. 22, Ellie and Lynwood Kreneck will be on campus from 3:30–5:00 p.m. for a gallery talk.

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