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“Coastal Visions” Exhibit
November 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Barbara Zuehlke grew up in the Midwest and lived for years in the Southwest. Moving to Maryland, living and boating on the water and driving through the rural countryside, gave a fresh artistic inspiration to her.
“It can be mesmerizing to watch the waterfowl on the water, and the reflections of boats and clouds in golden and pink skies, along with the striking colors of the farm fields and blooms of gorgeous color. The autumn and winter light can be amazing. Trying to capture the feeling and magic is truly a challenge.”
In presenting “Coastal Visions,” Barbara gives the viewer a collection of images of these wonderful Eastern Shore sights. Working in various mediums, watercolor is by far Barbara’s favorite. The flow of the pigment moving through water is an exciting control issue and creates subtleties and textures other mediums do not achieve. There is a wonderful transparency with watercolor. Barbara starts her paintings working with very wet pigment on wet paper (wet on wet) and finishes with a tighter, heavier pigment. A triad painter, all her paintings are painted with a palette of three colors: one blue, one red, and one yellow. All the colors and values in the painting are mixed from these three pigments.
An award-winning artist, Barbara has been a resident of Talbot County since 1982. After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BFA in graphics and painting, she did commercial studio design work for The J.L. Hudson Co. in Detroit, Michigan. She also did display design work for John Wanamaker’s downtown Philadelphia store. After moving to the Eastern Shore, she became active in the art community as a member and officer of the Working Artists Forum, where she is a past president. She is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and a partner with The Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown. In addition, she teaches intermediate watercolor at the Dorchester Center for the Arts and works and frames professionally in her home studio.
The public is invited to visit The Artists’ Gallery for an opening reception on First Friday, November 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. for light refreshments and to meet the artist. The Artists’ Gallery is located at 239 High Street in Chestertown and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30-4:30 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 410-778-2425 or visit www.theartistsgalleryctown.com.