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March 2011

Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC, Features Works by Lindy Crandell

The Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC, will present a solo exhibit of works by award winning artist, Lindy Crandell, on view in the Aiken Artist Guild Gallery, from Mar. 1- 30, 2012. A reception will be held on Mar. 17, from 6-8pm.

Crandell works in oils, colored pencils, and pastels to produce paintings with painstaking detail. She and her husband spend the summers in the Western part of Michigan and the winters in Aiken. Her work has been featured in many shows and galleries in Michigan.

As a child, Crandell was greatly influenced and inspired by her mother who was an artist. During her college years she realized that there might be a way to direct her talents toward a “real” job. Crandell focused on interior design and worked as a commercial interior designer for over 20 years. “Even though I loved this work, I still wanted to paint,” states the artist.

Crandell spent four years in Tokyo leaving her career and joining her husband whose job took them to Japan. While in Japan she went back to art school starting right back with basic drawing and studied her way to pastels, colored pencils and oils. After returning to the US, Crandell continued her education taking classes at Kendall College Of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. She also attended multiple workshops with noted artist, Larry Blovits and others.

“I love to work in oils, but also usually have a colored pencil or pastel painting going at the same time,” adds Crandell. “I am fascinated by the brilliance of nature and I try to see the beauty in what may seem ordinary things. Detail is my thing and, if I can begin to reproduce the beauty that God has put on this earth, I am thrilled.”

Crandell works from her own photographs using her computer to see close up the details she needs to produce in her drawings and paintings. “After a career of design and drafting, precision is embedded in my brain. This is my style and I like being authentic as a person and as artist,” says Crandell.
Among Crandell’s recent awards are: 2012 Aiken Retrospective Best of Show, 2011 Carolina’s Got Art! Traveling Exhibition, 2011 Aiken Artist Guild Member Show Best Animal Painting.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 803/641-9094 or visit (www.aikencenterforthearts.org).


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