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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.

Carol Stewart chosen for ArtPop Street Gallery

ArtPop is a non-profit organization that works with local arts councils and media companies to promote artists, give them a voice, create public street galleries and energize residents’ commutes. Currently, ArtPop is on the streets of 11 cities nationwide.

This year it is coming to Columbus, and Carol has been chosen as one of the five artists on display. Watch for her work on billboards throughout Franklin County.
More information here.  

 

A Living Art

Carol Stewart’s still-life paintings offer a riot of colors and friendly objects including vases, glassware, fruits, flowers and textiles — all assembled as if on a theatrical stage. “Tablescapes,” echoing concepts found in landscape paintings, is the ideal title of her exhibit at the Ohio State University Faculty Club. Some 20 oil paintings are presented in the exhibit by the Bexley artist, who is represented by Hammond Harkins Galleries and maintains a studio at the Milo Arts center. “My studio has a southern exposure, so there’s lots of light,” Stewart said. “I’m interested in color and light and light falling on objects.”

Read A LIving Art by Colleen Leonardi published in Edible Columbus – Summer 2016

Still-life painter Carol Stewart makes ordinary items dramatic

Carol Stewart’s still-life paintings offer a riot of colors and friendly objects including vases, glassware, fruits, flowers and textiles – all assembled as if on a theatrical stage.

By Nancy Gilson, Columbus Dispatch
Carol Stewart’s still-life paintings offer a riot of colors and friendly objects including vases, glassware, fruits, flowers and textiles — all assembled as if on a theatrical stage.

“Tablescapes,” echoing concepts found in landscape paintings, is the ideal title of her exhibit at the Ohio State University Faculty Club.

Some 20 oil paintings are presented in the exhibit by the Bexley artist, who is represented by Hammond Harkins Galleries and maintains a studio at the Milo Arts center.

“My studio has a southern exposure, so there’s lots of light,” Stewart said. “I’m interested in color and light and light falling on objects.”

Stewart, a native of Ontario, Canada, moved several years ago from St. Louis to central Ohio with her husband, Paul Goodfellow, a researcher at OSU’s James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Their travels together provide fodder for some of Stewart’s paintings. Textiles from India, for example, are found along with clear glass vases in “Patterns from India,” and Chinese lanterns from San Francisco abound in “Paper Lanterns I.”

Stewart seems fascinated by common but lovely everyday items. She often paints flowers that she has grown outside her studio, as in “Hellebores.”

“Late Afternoon February,” one of her most recent works, focuses on items she unpacked from boxes: pitchers, vases, a salt shaker, dolls, toys and more which, together, acquire a feeling of abstraction because of their dense concentration.

Two works pay tribute to one of her own favorite painters, the deceased Richard Diebenkorn, an abstract expressionist and member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Stewart includes references to his paintings in “Still Life with Diebenkorn” and “Still Life with Diebenkorn and Clementine.”

One of the most beautiful works is “Three Green Pitchers,” a study of pitchers, cups, bowls, lemons and boxes artfully assembled on a table and painted in vivid shades of green, rose and blue.

Stewart’s paintings are exceptionally pleasant to look at, but they are more than pretty. Her composition is careful and imaginative. And her sophistication with color and light might look effortless but is deceptively skillful.

The Ohio State Fair: August 2015, 2 prizes

“While not new to painting, Carol Stewart is relatively new to Ohio. For that we should be grateful. Her two works included in this year’s exhibition demonstrate an artist of exceptional skill in both large format painting and small. Bottled Peaches, Blood Orange offers a still-life that is deft, sure-handed, and intimate. The palette is restricted to mostly reds, oranges, and some subdued greens. Conversely, Paper Lanterns is ambitious, sprawling, and kaleidoscopic. While ostensibly about lanterns, this work is just as much about paint and the nearly limitless ways it can be applied to the canvas. The end result is an advanced lesson in color, harmony, scale, repetition, and pattern.” (see full review by Jeff Regensburger here)

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