An Albion woman will be showcasing her late husband’s artistic talents over the coming weeks with an exhibition at the Rend Lake College Learning Resource Center.
A sampling of Ronald K. Berger’s works -- 11 paintings and three woodcarvings -- will be on display in the LRC from Wednesday, February 18, through Friday, March 12.
Berger’s wife, Diane, said she was approached by RLC Art Instructor Melissa McClement-Engler, who had always admired Ronald’s work, about setting up an art exhibition. It will be the first display of Ronald's art since he passed away in March 2003, Diane Berger said.
"I’m just honored to be asked to do the show," she said. "Ronald always enjoyed doing shows so much."
According to information provided by Diane Berger, her husband was born in 1945 in Olney. After graduating from Edwards County High School in Albion in 1965, he attended Herrin School of Art in Indianapolis, Ind., for a short time before leaving to work at Champion Laboratories in Albion, where he was a tool engineer.
Ronald returned to his paint and canvas in 1983 and continued to create new works for the next 20 years.
"Ron appreciated the beauty in everything, from sunrises to sunsets," according to Diane Berger. "He was an artist whose talent was easily recognized."
Ronald began his last painting in October 2002. That painting, "Unfinished," remains on the easel as he left it, according to his wife.
Diane Berger said her husband’s name will be familiar to area art lovers, particularly those in the Mt. Vernon area, where Ronald entered several art shows.
Ronald Berger enjoyed painting florals and also painted architectural renderings of New Harmony, Ind., and several of these works will be on display during the show. Diane Berger said watercolor was Ronald’s favorite medium.
In addition to the paintings, three of Ronald Berger’s woodcarvings will be on display. These are three cowboys, which were another of his many talents, Diane Berger said.
Ronald Berger was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mt. Vernon Art Guild Silver Anniversary Award; Olney Arts Council -- People’s Choice Award and Best of Show; Edwards County Art Show -- Best of Show; Newton Regional Show -- First Place; West Salem Fall Festival -- Best of Show; and the State Amateur Art Show in Champaign -- First Place; as well as numerous other first-place ribbons at the local, regional and state levels.
For more information on the art exhibition, contact McClement-Engler at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1718, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.