The Cedarburg Cultural Center’s Working Artist Series/Artist in Residence program is flourishing in its second month. Mary Groh Mendla started things out in her elegant style, oil painting her way through four weeks of ethereal abstracts, sunrises, and sunsets.
Now, it’s oil painter Catie Barron’s turn at the easel. Catie is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and—like her art—she is colorful, beautiful, and just looking at her makes you smile. Catie’s specialty is flowers. Her pieces meld fantasy into realism, a kind of cross between a botanical study and an illustration for a children’s picture book. (You just KNOW there are Lilliputian pointy-eared, pointy-shoed fairies hiding between the petals of Catie’s gargantuan flowers!)
As magical as Catie’s paintings are, something magical is also happening at the Center. People are coming in from off the street, pulling up a chair, and just watching the artists working. They ask questions, they comment, they share. They are engaged. And the artists seem to bloom right before these visitors eyes! They talk about their technique, their history, their creative process, and—when young and budding artists are present—they encourage. And all the while, they create. Catie is prolific, and a veritable garden of canvases has sprung up underfoot.
I urge you to come and watch. Be a part of the process. It’s a unique opportunity for both the artist and our guests. Catie will be with us every Tuesday and Thursday in August from 10 – 5, except when I steal her away for lunch! For photos and more about the Artist in Residence program, check out our Facebook page.
Wed, August 17, 2011
by Lauren Rose Hofland, Cedarburg Cultural Center filed under