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Works by honored artists purchased by Disney Corporation, others

March 25, 2003

Three local women artists are being honored in an exhibit as part of Austin Peays celebration of Womens History Month.

Christie Morris, Elke Allen and Jodi Yanci were chosen to be a part of the exhibit, on display in the Felix G. Woodward Library until March 31, because of their diversity, local roots and inspirational artwork.

They stand out as women whose work one would definitely derive inspiration from, said Regenia Watson, academic counselor for Student Support Services and coordinator of the exhibit.
March 25, 2003

Three local women artists are being honored in an exhibit as part of Austin Peay's celebration of Women's History Month.

Christie Morris, Elke Allen and Jodi Yanci were chosen to be a part of the exhibit, on display in the Felix G. Woodward Library until March 31, because of their diversity, local roots and inspirational artwork.

“They stand out as women whose work one would definitely derive inspiration from,” said Regenia Watson, academic counselor for Student Support Services and coordinator of the exhibit.

Christie Morris works in various mediums, such as oil, acrylics, watercolor, India ink, fine art and graphite. She is an impressionist whose inspiration comes from music, nature and emotion. She says she likes to create with her hands what the writer conveys with words.

Elke Allen won her first art award in junior high school and has since been given honorable mention at several local competitions, including at Fort Campbell and the 2002 Riverfest. She draws from photographs she takes of nature scenes and still life.

Jodi Yanci has more than 25 years professional experience, and her style embodies a balance of fine art and graphic design. Her primary medium for fine art is black and color graphite, and she favors drawings of animals, particularly horses, and Native Americans. She has been published in “Manhattan Arts,” and her fine art work has been purchased or leased by such prestigious organizations as Walt Disney, March of Dimes and the United Way.

All artwork in the APSU exhibit is sponsored by La Petite Galleries in Clarksville.

The exhibit is part of a Federal TRIO Income Program to get low-income and first- generation college students involved in cultural programs. Throughout the month, students involved in this program have an opportunity to work with these local artists.

A Meet the Artists Reception will be held from 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27 in the lobby of the library.

For further information telephone Student Support Services at 6142.