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The North Carolina Statewide Pastel Juried Exhibition Features Fine Art at Baxters Artists Judith Cutler and Donna Slade
Judith Cutler’s piece, “Exploring New Horizons,” at the On Common Ground: Pastels from the Mountains to the Sea exhibition won the Blick Award in this year’s North Carolina Statewide Pastel Juried Exhibition. The event featured 77 pastel paintings from 203 submissions.
“Exploring New Horizons” was on display at the Hickory Museum of Art through August 2013.
“I see depth, emotion and exploration” when looking at my painting, Cutler says. “I hope that it’s complex and layered, melding excited in some areas and calming in others. ... I think the depth of emotion comes with abstract work. You can’t really force it into a flower or landscape or whatever.”
Whether her medium is pastels, acrylics or mixed media, she says, “I particularly love abstract expressionism. I have loved it since my late teens. I took my very first oil painting class with Elaine de Kooning, which is a pretty big name in the abstract world.” She’s always been drawn to “loose and expressive” work of artists such as Wolf Kahn, David Hockney, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, and Helen Frankenthaler, although “representational and realistic work is also part of my enjoyment.”
Cutler’s career path included more than 25 years as a corporate graphic designer before she became a full-time artist 12 years ago.
She often gravitates toward pastels as a medium: “I like the fact that it’s color in stick form, an extension of my fingers - no brush between the colors and my fingers. So I can pick up the stick, and I can use it as a drawing tool or a painting tool.”
Fine Art at Baxters partner and artist Donna Slade’s “Wetlands Reflection #9” was also featured in the “On Common Ground” exhibit at the Hickory Museum of Art.
Donna's passion for art has taken her from a 30-year award-winning career in commercial art, advertising, design and illustration to recently becoming a full time painter and gallery partner.
Donna has earned local and national recognition, winning many fine art awards in solo and group exhibitions. Donna's work has been published in The Best of American Pastel Artists & Artisans, Volume 1, The Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase, Colored Pencil Treasures – CP Masterworks, and The Best of Colored Pencil.
Donna's realistic pastel, colored pencil, and acrylic paintings are imagined, planned and executed in a representational, realistic style. The paintings are not a photographic moment in time but represent a unique artistic interpretation through observation. She seeks to provide a place for the viewer to find curiosity and appreciation for the process of creation.
Fine Art at Baxters Artists Recognized Internationally
_ Fine Art at Baxters artist Joanne Geisel placed first in an Oil Painters of America (OPA) Plein Air Competition in Charleston, SC November 24, 2012.
Dee Beard Dean, internationally known artist and owner of Galerie on Broad sponsored the event. Mark Horton, also an internationally known artist and teacher, judged the show. Joanne said she had lots of fun painting all day and in the early evening there was a reception and awards given. This was the first plein air competition in which Joanne had ever participated in which made the award even more exciting.
Vicki Vitale, Fine Art at Baxters partner and artist received her Signature Membership to the Miniature Artists of America. Miniature Artists of America, the first national society to honor outstanding practitioners of American miniature art, was founded in Clearwater, Florida, in 1985. An invitational organization, MAA accepts no more than ten artists each year into its ranks as Signature Members. The Jury of Admission selects candidates from artists who have been admitted to at least eight competitive shows staged by MAA accredited major nonprofit miniature societies in the United States within the previous five years and who have received awards from these shows.
Vitale will also have a piece exhibiting in the 5TH WORLD FEDERATION OF MINIATURISTS EXHIBITION to be held in the Gallery of the Russian Academy of Art, Moscow – September 2012.
Donna S. Slade, Fine Art at Baxters partner and artist had one of her colored pencil paintings published in the book “CP Treasures–Colored Pencil Masterworks from around the globe. Donna’s work was also featured in the “Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase” book recently published.
Fine Art at Baxters, New Bern resident and nationally know artist, Gary Gowans placed second in the “International Artist” magazine’s annual landscape competition. Gowans took second place from over 600 entries. His painting can be seen in the April/May issue.
Fine Art at Baxters nationally know artist, Richard C. Nelson took home first place in the “International Artist” magazine’s Commissioned Portrait Masters Showcase competition. Nelson placed first with over 760 entries. His painting can also be seen in the April/May issue of “International Artist” magazine.