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Artistic Expression

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Like love, art is indescribable
– better defined as an act than as something that is.
Here, we find four local inspirations who not only create art,
but also define it.

Lisa Magruder
“Art is more than mere decoration,” says local artist Lisa Magruder. “Art brings beauty and truth to our lives. It causes people to think and feel, and keeps a community from growing stagnant. It links one community to another, not only in space, but also in time. It brings people together and records history in a universal way. A community without art would quickly diminish and be forgotten.” A renaissance woman – one who is extremely adept at many things – is a fitting way to describe Macgruder, an art enthusiast since childhood with an MFA in painting, who enjoys creating watercolors and acrylic paintings mixed with collage pieces and other multimedia. She also enjoys printmaking, etching and framing, and has parlayed the latter of these talents into a successful custom framing business, Frame Art Studio. Magruder’s skill as an artist – her eye for design, color, proportion, and familiarity with various types of art media, papers and canvas – has led to 25 years of longevity in the framing industry. As for doing business in Folsom, Magruder says, “There is an appreciation for art [here]. People enjoy and desire quality work and service. It has quickly become an artistic-minded community.” If the community looks to its artists for inspiration, Magruder looks to her faith; many ideas and titles of her work come directly from scripture. “How to communicate my spiritual experience to viewers in a way that speaks to each person individually is my challenge,” Magruder says, adding that she is also inspired by the reactions of others, and Post-Impressionist painters like Van Gogh and Gauguin. Currently serving as the events coordinator for the Folsom Art Association, Magruder also manages the art gallery for Lakeside Church and exhibits her work in revolving exhibits at local galleries, hotels, churches, restaurants and wineries. View her online work portfolio at <a target="_blank" href=""></a> or <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.
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