Over the years, art has found its way into every corner of the West Acres Mall. From the minute you walk in the mall, a theme of expression is present at any angle. As you get deeper into the mall, art is found in common spaces, with large walls calling for a rotating setlist of new artwork.
While artistic expression has found its way throughout the space, it hasn’t had a home in a store-front — until now! The artist in residency space located between Orange Julius & Wimmer’s Diamonds not only provides a home for art, but makes it possible for art to be created in front of the eyes of passersby. For those with a curiosity for new works, venturing into the space means the opportunity to meet with Carmen Bruhn, the current artist in residence.
“When I came here I joined the Watercolor Society and met a lot of cool artists,” said Bruhn. “I started painting more and more and in the past six years I have switched to acrylics in an abstract style. I do a lot of figurative work, but I don’t consider myself having one style, I have different styles and I embrace them all because I think they’re fun.”
Bruhn’s welcoming personality is translated into her art, utilizing color palettes that reflect her love of the ocean, the exuberant rainforest and the earthy colors of the Midwest. With her life journey leading her from The Republic of Panama to The Plains, Bruhn got her start working with the Red River Water Color Society. Now working with acrylics, her studies in architecture translate into abstract, blocky skyline scenes contrasted by feminine figures in other paintings.
“When I paint, I let my intuition guide the creative process in hopes that part of my energy stays connected in my work,” Carmen explained about her artistic process. “Somewhere along the process, it is my hope that my energy or spirit can translate into emotion. You know, there is magic in the act of painting, you just have to believe in the process.”
Carmen will be in the space until September 15th, with times to meet with her including the following days; September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 10 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., September 11 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit West Acres’ website.