Carol Fairlie will be the featured artist at the 2015 Artwalk.
Alpine’s Gallery Night Inc. board members and Executive Director Keri Blackman, producers of the annual November arts festival in Alpine, made the announcement at a sponsor party on May 21 at The Saddle Club
Fairlie is a professor of art at Sul Ross State University where she teaches watercolor, oil painting, drawing, figure drawing and printmaking. She studied painting for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts/University of North Texas.
She serves on boards, as a juror of exhibits, conducting teaching workshops, and her work is represented in numerous corporate and family collections.
Internationally recognized for her expertise and technique for the interior of well-known sites in connection with their surroundings, Carol uses light, color and atmosphere as an integral aspect in her paintings, said Jennifer Jordan, president of Alpine’s Gallery Night Inc.
Jordan and Fairlie unveiled the artist’s painting that will be used to promote the festival in 2015, an interior view of the dining room at the historic Holland Hotel.
“The photo-realistic use of glass reflections combine the subtle interplay of abstract space, both in and on glass, with its many convoluted layers and natural abstraction of color, alluding to the duality of space one finds in dreams,” Fairlie said of the piece. “My goal is to create a vision that attempts to place the viewer in a dream world, and as in a dream, one rarely questions the altered distortions of a reflection.”
Fairlie has been affiliated with Artwalk for more than 15 years, has had numerous solo exhibitions and has shown her work in many juried national exhibitions including Watercolor USA, the National Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the Arizona Aqueous. She was recently on the Board of Directors for the National Watercolor Society as newsletter editor. She holds signature status in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and in the Watercolor Art Society Houston.