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Alton artist Gene Ursprung solo exhibition up at Jacoby Arts Center

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Article by: Jill Moon, The Telegraph, jmoon@thetelegraph.com

ALTON — Jacoby Arts Center’s latest exhibition goes to the heart of Alton through the perspective of one artist.

Former Alton School District art teacher and Lewis and Clark Community College women’s tennis coach Gene Ursprung’s “pop-up” solo exhibit came as a surprise to him due to a chance meeting with the center’s board president, Dit Panfile. The pair recently struck up a conversation about art, exchanged information and the next thing Ursprung knew, his art hung in Jacoby Art Center’s (JAC) main gallery as of last Friday morning.

“A guy came and picked up my artwork and hung them,” said Ursprung, who works at his private Ursprung’s Art Studio in Alton; he shows work by appointment.

Ursprung’s body of work includes hundreds of pen-and-ink drawings, photography, watercolor and oil paintings, and impressionist and abstract styles, but the current exhibit features 21 select works.

“Sometimes I like abstract because it really keeps you thinking with all the shapes and colors,” Ursprung explained.

Inspired by landscapes, landmarks and locations, the show draws the viewer into Alton scenes, as well as other geographical locations including Tucson, Arizona, and the United Kingdom.

The exhibit can be seen through March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, during Jacoby Arts Center’s open hours.

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