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Lancaster Festival “Four Artists”

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You will be able to see Carol’s paintings at the Lancaster Festival this summer.

The Opening Reception for the Lancaster Festival “Four Artists” exhibit will be on Thursday, July 20 at the Fairfield County District Library. On view will be works by Dennison Griffith, Paul Hamilton, Aminah Robinson and Carol Stewart. The reception starts at 5:00 pm.

If you can’t make it to the Opening Reception, why not aim to see this exhibit as part of the ArtWalk on Main Street in Downtown Lancaster, on Friday, July 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm?  Stop by for the “Four Artists” exhibit and stay to enjoy more of the Lancaster Festival festivities. For more info call (740) 653-2745.

The Fairfield County library is located at 219 North Broadway Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.  This exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours from July 20th-July 31st.  http://www.fcdlibrary.org/
 

 

Sherry Leedy: The Summer Invitational

Jaipur Boxes

You can see Carol’s work at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art: The Summer Invitational. The exhibition will be open from June 2nd – August 19th, 2017.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art is located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. The gallery is on the first floor of the historic Opie Brush Building.

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Painting Chosen for National Exhibition

Anemones

The Butler Institute of American Art has chosen Carol’s painting, Anemones (2017 oil on paper on panel 22″ x 24″) for inclusion in its 81st National Midyear Exhibition.  The 81st National Midyear Exhibition presents two dimensional works by contemporary artists who reside within the 50 United States or its possessions. 900 works of art by over 300 artists from 26 states were entered for consideration. Of these, 83 works of art were selected.

The exhibition will be held from July 9th to August 20th, 2017, with the opening reception from 1-3 pm on July 9th.  More information

Review: Impeccable Craftsmanship on View

Carol’s latest show was favorably reviewed by Liz Trapp, an art historian, arts writer, and artist.  The review, under the heading Discerning Patterns at Hammond Harkins Galleries Places Impeccable Craftsmanship on View
can be found in the Columbus Underground.

An evocative show of over 30 works examines the relationship between craft and fine art.

Discerning Patterns, an exhibition of Carol Stewart’s paintings and Janice Lessman-Moss’s textile works at Hammond Harkins Galleries, is inspired by the interplay of color, pattern, and impeccable craftsmanship which is present in both artists’ works.

Stewart, a Columbus-based still-life painter, and Lessman-Moss, a professor of Textile Arts at Kent State University, are tethered together by references to domesticity, and yet Discerning Patterns is after something larger than that. This exhibition brings up complex and relevant issues of fine art, a context that Stewart’s paintings would traditionally belong to, versus craft, the context that Lessman-Moss’s textile works would belong to. In recent history, since the 1940s or so, craft has taken a backseat to fine art in the context of the gallery setting. Aside from that, craft is typically analyzed through a varied set of terms that center on functionality and use-value.  What sets Discerning Patterns apart is the requirement that the viewer give equal space to each object, and therefore analyze the works through a fixed lens.

Stewart’s paintings, mostly still-life and interior scenes, are tied to representation. There are moments in Stewart’s paintings where her loose brushwork seems to define something else, elements of pattern which aren’t tied to objects at all. Studio Patterns is exemplary of Stewart’s aim. Using oil on paper, mounted on canvas, Stewart achieves a buttery smooth surface to her images. The absorption of the oil into the paper creates evident transparent layers of paint which are often hidden in the medium.

The painting is an interior scene of Stewart’s studio, packed with too many plants, tables with patterned cloths, a textile draped in the background –  it’s so busy that your eye doesn’t have a place to rest. This is an important aspect of the work because it is the packed picture plane itself which seems to transform the canvas to an abstract pattern forcing it to depart from observational reality. This reminds me of the French painter, Henri Matisse’s lively interiors of the early 20th century where his very aim was not to let the eye rest.”  More

Ohio Arts Council Individual Award of Excellence

On April 11, 2017, the Ohio Arts Council board announced its Individual Excellence Award recommendations for 2017. Carol was honored to receive an Individual Excellence Award.

Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community.  Learn more here.

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