Artists League

"Mixed Bouquet," by Ellie Alexander

The Artists League opens its “Art to Appreciate” exhibit Sunday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Exchange Street Gallery in Aberdeen.

The judging will take place at 5:30 p.m.

This exhibit includes the works of all members of the Artists League of the Sandhills and is the only exhibit at the League that is judged by a professional art authority. Winners for best in each category, as well as best overall, will be announced during the reception, and cash prizes will be awarded.

In addition, guests will be asked to participate by voting for their favorite painting for the “People’s Choice” award.

Judging this exhibit is Jean Kolb Grunewald. She was born in New Orleans and was inspired by her father, a talented classically trained artist. At an early age she started painting, winning numerous awards before college, where she received a degree in fine art. When not painting, she studies art, lately the old illustrators and colorists.

In her professional life, Grunewald has taught art, been a cartoonist, designed commercial art renderings and neon signs, painted portraits, executed large wall murals and exhibited and sold paintings throughout the East Coast and California. After living in California, where she was mainly interested in plein air painting, she moved to North Carolina. She has gone back to portraiture and figures in oil and pastel, inspired and honored to have won two awards for the 2015 Portrait Society of America Members Show.

Grunewald is on the Board of the American Academy of Equine Artists. She is a member of PAINTNC.org, Portrait Society of America and has been juried into Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and Women Painters of the Southeast.

The Artists League of the Sandhills is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote interest in the visual arts by providing art education and a friendly environment in which to work, exhibit and sell members’ artworks.

The Exchange Street Gallery of Fine Art is located in historic downtown Aberdeen at 129 Exchange St. in the old Aberdeen Rockfish Railroad storage terminal. Visit www.artistleague.org. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Contact the League at (910) 944-3979 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or artistleague@windstream.org for information on membership, classes, workshops and monthly gallery exhibits.

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