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October 2013

Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem Offers Works by Anne Kesler Shields

Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, will present From The Landscape, an exhibit of paintings and prints by the late Anne Kesler Shields, on view from Oct. 1 - 26, 2013. A reception will be held on Oct. 11, from 5-7pm.

Artworks Gallery presents a one-person memorial show of rarely seen abstracted landscapes by Anne Kesler Shields who died in 2012. A variety of oil paintings, woodcut prints, and mixed media will be displayed for purchase.

Shields was a vital member of the artist-run cooperative, Artworks Gallery, joining it in 1988. A Retrospective of her lifetime of work was shown in 2012-2013 at SECCA, Salem College Fine Arts Center, and the Hanes Art Gallery at WFU. Artworks Gallery has chosen to focus this exhibit on her oil paintings, woodcut prints, and other media where she investigated ideas about landscape, some having been inspired by NC landscapes and others by her Italy and Spain travels.

Tom Patterson, curator of the three exhibits, described her landscape work in the catalog for the SECCA show, ...”abstract landscape paintings with passages of thick impasto and gestural markings often surrounding flat, central voids...collapsed perspectives, simply rendered trees, leaves, blossoms, grain fields, land forms, clouds, and fallen snow owe a debt to the artist Milton Avery.”

Shields received her MFA from UNC-Greensboro in 1959 and her BA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, in 1954. She studied with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, MA, in 1975 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1956. She received five fellowships to work at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA, and was awarded a NEA grant to do a mural in downtown Winston-Salem in 1975. Her work is in many public and private collections, including the NC Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Hanesbrands Theatre in W-S, and Wake Forest University, W-S.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 336/723-5890 or visit (www.Artworks-Gallery.org).

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