Susan Monty, Dark Horse (colored pencil)
The eleven participating artists in this show are members of The Colored Pencil Society of America, District Chapter 112, which represents eight northeastern states. The artists are Kendra Bidwell Ferreira, Nicole Caufield, Katherine Ellis, Betty Freed, Kelly Lewis, Colette Lucas, Susan Monty, Jerzy Pawlusinski, Marilyn Rabetz, Chantell Van Erbe, and Liz Winchester Larson.
The exhibit challenges the notion that colored pencil is a medium only for children or beginning art students. Rather, in skilled and inspired hands, it is capable of a remarkably wide range of effects. Most of the artwork in Out of the Box was created specifically for this show.
''The thought of colored pencil as a fine art medium may be surprising to some,'' says Colette Lucas, a colored pencil artist and teacher from Peterborough, NH. ''Almost everyone has worked with colored pencils. Certainly students use them a lot, but in the hands of an artist, a high quality colored pencil is a wonderful, flexible art medium. Part of its charm is that it can be a bit of a chameleon. I know artists whose work looks like watercolor or pastel, and a number of people are using colored pencil in mixed-media, so it’s possible the general public has seen high quality artwork done in colored pencil but has not recognized it as such.''
The exhibit is accompanied by a display of colored pencil media and a digital presentation of how the works were created.