Local artist Amy Evans recently gained admission into two national shows - the annual member's exhibition for Women Artists of the West (WAOW) in Fredericksburg, Texas, and the 20th Annual National Invitational Miniature Show held at Germanton Art Gallery in North Carolina.
WAOW is a national nonprofit with more than 300 professional painters and sculptors dedicated to promoting art created by women. Evans, who served as a past president of the organization, had to meet strict criteria to be juried into both the group and the exhibit. "WAOWing the Texas Hill Country" opened Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.
The miniature show, which features paintings up to 9" x 12," opens today and runs through Jan. 1. The artist is currently in North Carolina for the show's opening.
"I enjoy painting different areas of the country because of the challenges each place presents. It keeps my work fresh," Evans said of the travel commitment. "I also enjoy meeting other artists. We share ideas, critiques and marketing tips. It is also important to meet my collectors, visit with my gallery owners as well as seeing other artists' work."
An eight-year Breckenridge resident, Evans is an active member of the local arts community, having served on the Summit County Arts Council and Breckenridge Public Art Commission. She also teaches oil painting classes for the Breckenridge Arts District.
"I am finding that in this fast-paced society, there is a growing desire to do something that allows us to slow down. Painting is one of those activities," said Evans, who teaches all levels of oil painting, plein air (painting outside) and themed workshops. "I gear [the workshops] for the visitor who wants to try painting as well as for our local community who wants to begin to paint," she said. Next up, in January, is a workshop on painting snow.
"I am more interested in the emotion that one feels from looking at a painting than the details," Evans said of her inspiration. "I am interested in what creates that feeling in the observer. It about creating a visual relationship with the viewer in which color and brushstrokes create interest rather than details. I believe that one always sees something new in a painting if it leaves something for our imagination."
Locally, Evans is represented by Breckenridge Art Gallery, which displays her "Spirit of the Dog" commissioned paintings year-round, donating a portion of the sales to the League for Animals and People of the Summit. Evans will be a featured artist at the gallery for the upcoming 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk on Dec. 8, where she will show some of her smaller oil paintings of historic buildings and the local area, in addition to larger pieces.
The artist: www.amyevansart.com
Breckenridge 2nd Saturday Gallery Walk: www.breckgallerywalk.com
Exhibits: www.rshannagallery.com and www.germantongallery.com
Sign up for a class through Breckenridge Arts District: (970) 453-3364