Ann Justin and Mary Kay Mitchell: the artists for June and July
Ann Justin: I am a late blooming plein-aire pastel artist. I have been making pastel paintings for last three years. I love our Montana landscapes and am compelled to try to capture the beauty and the light that is all around us. My background is in theatrical costume making and knitwear design. Before marriage, I worked in New York, making costumes for Broadway. For many years, I stayed at home with our three children and devoted myself to raising them. As they got older, I started a knitwear business, designing sweaters that are hand-knit in Bolivia. You can see them at my website: www.lalamilo.com or at Cello, 18 S. Wilson, here in Bozeman. After moving to Montana in 2005, I took up painting. I first worked in watercolors where I learned to compose and to draw landscapes. In 2009, I realized that the pastel medium suited my temperament best. I can lay in the colors quickly and work on details as the work progresses. The medium allows me to change the work as I go, unlike watercolor. I love plein-aire painting, as it is a challenge to capture the depth and the colors. I hope my works speaks for my pleasure in this endeavor! 20 % of the proceeds from sales from my exhibit will go to: Atlas Cultural Foundation: http://atlasculturalfoundation.org/.
MaryCatherineStudio_digitalPressKit_medRes (2)Mary Kay Mitchell:
About the Artist
Photography and gardening have been a part of my life since I can remember. It’s as if the they go hand in hand. I grew up in a large family where vegetable gardens were essential. As a child, I did not understand the value of this lesson, but I certainly do now.
Through the years I have enjoyed what gardening does for the soul. For me, it is about flowers. Being in the middle of a flower garden, smelling the sweet aromas, and witnessing the beauty in the vibrant colors. Studying the variety of pedal sizes and shapes, as well as what is both inside and outside the flowers. It captivates me for hours.
These are the feelings that drove me to take my camera into the garden in the hopes of capturing the beauty that presents itself differently every year. My photographs allow people to take the beauty of gardens inside and onto their walls.
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