The Lucy Robbins Welles art exhibit program allows local artists the opportunity to share their art with the public in the Community Room of the library. The Exhibit Coordinator, in consultation with the Library Director, is authorized to select exhibits. Exhibits may be viewed during normal business hours, when the Community Room is not in use.
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Throughout the month of November, award-winning pastel artist Karen Israel will be exhibiting her multi-media artworks at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Dynamic composition and a unique viewpoint are the hallmarks of her pastel paintings. She is influenced by the light and mood of the subject and lets those elements dictate her approach. These subjects are rendered with a strong appreciation for the rigors of formal design coupled with a fearless array of color choices.
Recently, Karen's work was featured in a two page article in a French art magazine, Practique Des Artes Vol. 47, July 2018; and Pastel Journal, April 2018. In addition, Karen has been invited to participate in the 4th International Pastel Exhibition honoring female pastelists called "Pastels of the World in Bourbonnais" in Montlucon, France, where here work will also be on display in May 2020.
Over the years, Karen's work has won many awards, most recently the Gold Medal of Honor with the Audubon Artists Association and Best in Show with the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She has achieved the titles of Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and The International Association of Pastel Societies, and is a Signature Member and past President of the CT Pastel Society.
Karen enjoys teaching pastel almost as much as she enjoys painting and has had the honor of jurying local and national exhibits. She has conducted many teaching demonstrations for art organizations throughout the Northeast US, including Newington.
The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a program: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Viewers are encouraged to call prior to coming to view the exhibit, to ensure that the room is available for viewing. Admission is free and open to the public. Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT. 860.665.8700
A lawyer by profession, I have made art continuously throughout my career. In recent years, I have focused on painting in acrylic. About half of most recent work is created on deep-cradled wood panels and coated in shiny poured resin to create a glossy finish and enhance the brilliance of colors. In the case of figurative painting and portraiture, I find that the resin coating contributes to the softening of delicate skin tones.
The balance of my current work is also painted in acrylic on flat wood panels and traditionally framed.
Over time, I have produced with both abstract and representational work and return most often to landscape painting. However I keep things interesting by turning my attention to abstract or figurative art as well.
While I occasionally showed these works in area juried gallery shows, I did not begin actively to show my work and to offer it for sale until 2013 when I launched my current series. Having experienced the pleasure of being an active member of a vibrant artistic community, I plan to continue to focus on making art and growing as an artist