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In the Atrium Gallery...

The Warm and Cool of it

Exhibiting Artist: Karen Caldwell

January 3 – February 17, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Artist Karen Caldwell sought to better understand warm and cool color theory by breaking the color wheel down to its basics, studying the color palettes of the masters, and mixing up her own color recipes.

“When I paint now I see the color wheel in my mind’s eye and know which way I need to go to alter a color.”

By mastering the principles of color theory, as well as studying the physical properties of light, Caldwell is able to have better control over shading and values while maintaining the chroma. All of this study has been put into practice with a series that embody her love for water and the human form. While visiting Grand Marais, MN with friends Caldwell photographed a few brave friends as they waded into Lake Superior. These photographs later because the basis for her series devoted to compositions that study light as well as warm and cool colors.

About the Artist

Suspicion, oil, by Karen Caldwell

Karen Caldwell, a native of Minnesota, attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She then graduated with an Associate Degree from Glendale Community College, Arizona majoring in ceramics. While living in Toronto, Canada, she earned a B.F.A. from York University with a major in painting (and an accounting minor).

Her paintings and ceramics have been collected in; Denmark, England, Canada, and the U.S. Awards and commissions include; Durand Wisconsin Plein Air, Honorable Mention, oil painting, Minnesota State Fair, Merit Award, oil painting, Glendale Community College, Best of Show, ceramics, Glendale Community College, Honorable mention, photography, Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, Presidents Portrait, and custom masks and private portraits. Karen also won an award for her first book “Things I Learned from My Cat”. With her service dog Keno, Karen now resides in her childhood home near St. Paul, where her father’s wood-working shop serves as her art studio.