French born, mixed media artist Aline Chevalier moved from Mexico to Columbus, Indiana in August 2013. She quickly found Columbus to be a very welcoming international town filled with art. Aline particularly likes Columbus’ slogan: “Unexpected and Unforgettable”. In her mind, it perfectly describes this fantastic Midwest town. Aline has often experienced generosity and openness within the community. This openness plus the multiculturalism in Columbus has allowed Aline and her family to easily adapt to their new life in Indiana.
When traveling internationally, Aline looks for subjects that have stories she can tell with her imaginative and colorful paintings. Her work is inspired by the different cultures she has encountered and by her dreams of discovering others. Many pieces illustrate a connection between France and the United States. The rich stories of these connections were told in her work on soldiers and recently on Josephine Baker.
Aline has exhibited her work in numerous recent exhibits. In 2015 and 2016, her work was featured with IndyArtWerkz at IUPUC Columbus Learning Center. Also in 2015, Aline participated in the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show. These collage and painted pieces utilized newspapers and antique magazines as well as other mediums. Her work was shown at Columbus Makes at the Indiana University Center for Art and Design. Just up the road to Indianapolis, Aline exhibited at the Stutz Gallery and Gallery 924 in 2016 and 2017. Most recently, she participated in 2017 Uncommon Cause Donor organized by the Columbus Art Council.
When asked what this solo exhibit at the Columbus Learning Center means to her, Aline responded, “This solo exhibit is very meaningful to me. It is both an acknowledgement of my work as well as recognition that I am a part of the Columbus community.” For her first solo exhibition in the United States, Aline has chosen artwork that is full of varied atmospheres and tones. The exhibit will include a retrospective of different themes she has developed since living in Columbus as well as her current work.