Spotlight | Women Painters of the Southeast

Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Arts Association, April 10-May 1

Mary Garrish, The Road Less Traveled, oil, 20 x 24.

Mary Garrish, The Road Less Traveled, oil, 20 x 24.

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This month the Women Painters of the Southeast presents its fourth annual Members’ Juried Exhibition and Sale at the Blue Ridge Arts Association in Blue Ridge, GA. The show comprises over 150 paintings by some 90 member artists—all of whom live and paint in the southeastern United States—and opens on April 10 with an artists’ reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Here we introduce you to a few of the artists who have been accepted into this year’s show.

Jane Chapin loves telling a human story through her oil paintings, whether they are figurative pieces or renderings of man-made elements within the landscape. Gallery and atelier owner and self-taught artist Eileen Corse creates large, alla prima landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works with bold, impasto paint strokes.

Oil painter Mary Garrish’s goal is to share her heightened awareness and wonder of the world with others through her plein-air and studio landscapes. Kristina Laurendi Havens searches for depth in each of her figurative paintings and within the paint itself, most recently through a series of symbolic, expressive self-portraits.

Loretta D. Loconto’s father was a sculptor who taught Loconto about fine art. Her acrylic landscape and still-life paintings are a tribute to him for “opening my eyes to it all,” she says. Sharon Nelson-Bianco loves bold color and water scenes. Her recent relocation to 
Florida offers endless new subject matter and opportunities to paint landscape, pond, and curious-bird paintings en plein air.

Representational oil painter Lisa Price captures the “beauty of objects in their simplest forms.” Although she has a passion for the still life, she paints other genres with equal joy. Hope B. Reis combines realism and impressionism in her studio and plein-air landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, painted from life and alla prima to capture the freshness and essence of the subject.

Professional musician and pastel landscape painter Carolyn Schrock sees the correlation of her two artistic pursuits, referring to the interplay of color and light as a symphony with changing textures, tempos, and dynamics. Landscape and still-life artist Gail Smith grew up in the “magnificent beauty” of Georgia’s coastal islands. Her oil and pastel landscapes reflect the fond memories of her time there.

Working in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels, Karen Stewart captures a variety of subject matter, from portraits to still lifes to landscapes, with heightened color and uncontrived directness. Still-life painter June Ward considers her pursuit of art a never-ending learning experience. “I want to make a beautiful painting that represents the subject honestly but also expresses how I experience that moment in time,” she says.

Betty Wentworth says her passion for creating is expressed in vividly colored still-life paintings, while her more impressionistic landscapes are expressions of the places she has visited around the world. —Laura Rintala

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