"Alum's Artwork Explores Violent Weather," by T. Eck, The Daily Campus, June 1988.

The work of native Dallas artist Kaleta Doolin will be featured in the exhibition, "Kaleta Doolin: Stormy Weather," through July 17 in The Gallery in Hughes~Trigg Student Center. The exhibition, the museum's first to feature only one artist, opened June 11 with a reception honoring Doolin, an S.MU alumna.

Doolin's work explores the phenomenon of violent weather, most notably the movement and effects of tornadoes, "dust devils" and whirlwinds. "A lot of violence, anger and pain are all self expressions," Doolin said. "Such events represent sent chaotic symbols such as love and hate. It's a vehicle for therapy." Doolin said much of her fascination for these marvels of nature was elevated by travels across the American Southwest and Kenya in Africa. "We are trying to support what we are producing," said Karen Churchill of The Gallery s staff. She said the museum tries to divide its time equally between students, faculty, alumni and independent artists.

Doolin's exhibition consists of various metal sculptures and drawings that depict the feel of wind and weather patterns. Part of the exhibit, a giant wire cyclone will be suspended from the Hughes-Trigg atrium skylight during the run of the exhibit. Another highlight of the exposition is a multi-media presentation that recreates the sights and sounds of being in the eye of a tornado. "I believe in turning back the soil," Doolin said. "If you take something from society, you should return something also. It's a social obligation."

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Regular museum hours for the summer are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday only. Weekend hours are from noon to 5 p.m.

Copyright © 2006 Kaleta Doolin