Friday, July 12, 2013

Member Spotlight: Nadine Charlsen's Solo Water Color Exhibition "Works on Paper: International Studies"

International Women Artists' Salon
is pleased to announce member Nadine Charlsen's solo water color exhibit, "Works on Paper: International Studies."

Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University
Current thru August 15, 20139:00 am - 9:00 pm Mon-Thurs
Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union NJ 07083

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Reception 4-6:30 Saturday July 13, 2013

A solo large scale watercolor exhibition from the artist's travels in Europe and the Middle East.  The work shows a gritty, unique style of working with watercolor on paper.  The method is working very dark to light yet maintaining white areas of the paper for highlights.

I am a baby boomer, born Nadine L Wilson in Bird City, Kansas. I lived in western Kansas all my childhood years. My "hood" was a group of 11 boys and no girls. My father was an industrial arts teacher and a furniture builder; my mother was a first grade teacher and an oil painter. I grew up with a hammer in one hand, a paintbrush in the other and a tough kid attitude.   Eventually I got involved in a large regional theatre-Music Theatre of Wichita. I worked as a scenic artist at MTW for five years and met many designers, actors and technicians from New York.

Not long after that, I moved to Brooklyn, New York and received an MFA in theatre design from Brooklyn College. I have worked for several well known New York designers as well as creating my own set and lighting designs for Off and Off Off Broadway. I have created painted murals for a variety of stores and private residences. My watercolors are influenced by my theatre design as well as my various art instructors and personal friends. My personal photographic collection is where I find inspiration for my watercolors, and each is a unique image.

Artist Statement
I want my watercolors to have something new to say to the viewer.  I believe the viewer will experience the painting and feel the story of the moment as I did when I painted it.  I want my art to evoke an emotion that helps you take the journey with me to that place into that world.

My studio is the ever-changing world around me. I am an avid bicyclist, swimmer and walker. I do long distance bike trips and paint and photograph as I go. I love visiting noisy cities, quiet country spots and bustling streets.  Every day is a different experience, a new world to live in the moment. My work is always created from the occasion that makes it unique and with its own particular style. The style is a product of the time and place. The versatility lets me work in all mediums and time periods.  My motivation for continuing to paint is for both you and I to escape for a moment to another place and find joy in imagining the moment together. Painting makes me want to be young again. I have everything to learn and nothing I ever want to forget.

Venue and Festival Sponsor: Kean University Art Galleries

By train from New York City
Take NJ transit to Newark, New Jersey (2 stops)  Change at Newark to the Raritan Line going toward Raritan (or High Bridge)  Go one stop to Union, New Jersey.  Exit the train down the stairs or elevator.  There is only one direction you can go at the bottom.  Walk straight ahead.  You see the Kean campus.  Keep Gray AVE apartments and new building construction on your left.  Cross Green Lane Street.  Enter a large parking lot and walk diagonally across the parking lot toward a small white shingled house (on the campus)  Keeping the little white house on your right, follow the sidewalk past two buildings also on your right.  After the pre-slab light tan building make a right and cross the stream.  The library is the first building on your over the stream.  Hope to see you there.

Nadine Charlsen