The road to discovery is an ever challenging one. After having taught art for most of my life and having helped students to create and learn, retirement brought a new phase to my life. Now it was my turn! I had the time to develop and refine my own art work. I worked with beading various jewelry designs, I continued a life-long interest in photography, I sketched and I started painting…a lot!
My painting seems to be compositionally influenced by my photography but then
modified by an emotional response to the themes and topics selected. Sometimes
inspiration comes from various places that my husband and I have visited. An
underlying thought is often artistically expressed in some of my more semi-abstract
work. I like to observe and work with the play of light, different angles and ever
changing color relationships. Often an intuitive feeling for how to continue takes over
while painting. The work seems to emerge, magic happens and a finished painting
Ilga Ziemins-Kurens lives in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She grew up in Hyde Park, N.Y. and
taught art in the Millbrook Central School District for 33 years. She has been a life-long resident of the Hudson Valley. She retired from teaching in 2008. Throughout her lifetime Ilga has been involved in looking, learning, studying and acquiring knowledge and insights about art. Her B.S. in Art Education was obtained from S.U.N.Y. New Paltz in 1974. Coursework for her permanent teaching certificate was also completed at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz in 1979. Ilga began teaching art in 1974 and during her teaching career was involved in setting up numerous art shows of her students’ art work, has had student work published in numerous publications and has guided students forward to continue pursuing careers in art. She has also taught and developed a summer camp program for many years.
Beginning in 2008, upon retirement, Ilga has turned to more deeply exploring her own
talents. She is experimenting with various art forms. She has again returned to a life long
interest in photography and jewelry making. She has also developed a strong interest in
painting and in recent years has been pursuing this more seriously. Her painting is
emerging from a more realistic style to one that also includes more semi-abstract work.
After her retirement, Ilga has studied with Shirley Blake Wilson in Florida at the Bonita
Springs Art Center, taking classes in both realistic and abstract art. In March 2013, Ilga
joined the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park. This Gallery has artwork changing every 5-6
weeks and Ilga has displayed several paintings in each show. She is currently on the Board
of ACHP and since the summer of 2014 has taken on the role of co-curator. Since the Fall
of 2014 she has been taking classes with Keith Gunderson at the ACHP. Ilga has just
recently joined Arts Mid-Hudson where she has her jewelry and small paintings on display
in the Dutchess Handmade shop.
Ilga Ziemins-Kurens Artwork
– Post Retirement (June 2008)
2008 Summer Art Program Director/ Latvian Lutheran Church Camp
2009 Summer Art Program Director/ Latvian Lutheran Church Camp
2010 Summer Art Program Director/ Latvian Lutheran church Camp
2010 Fall/Winter Painting Exhibit/Show , Elka Park, N.Y.
2011 “Wow! Come See Us Now!” 3 person show “The Upstairs Gallery, Merritt
Book Store, Millbrook, N.Y.
2011-2014 Volunteer Astor Child Services, Mt. Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
after school arts/crafts sessions
2012 July-Sept. Solo Show at Zen Gallery, All Mine Jewelers, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
October Jewelry/Paintings on exhibit Craft Arts Fair, Lat. Ev.Luth. Church,
Yonkers, N.Y. Nov.-Dec. Painting With Shirley Blake Jones, Bonita Arts
Center, Bonita, Florida
2013 Joined Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Paintings/Jewelry display, Continued
classes with Shirley Blake Jones
2014 “Ilga Returns” Solo Show, Zen Gallery, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Board Member
Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, N.Y. Co-curator shows
Summer 2014 –present time, began classes with Keith Gunderson 2015 Joined Arts
Mid-Hudson, work on display April through May at Dutchess Handmade