Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Helen Kotsher Exhibits at Galloway Ridge

Fearrington artist Helen Kotsher is displaying a series of oil paintings and a mixed media pastel composition in the Grand Hall in Galloway Ridge. Kotsher has lived at Galloway ridge for five years, moving to Fearrington Village from Atlanta. She has studied and created art most of her life.

Her work, mostly figurative, is vibrant with color and each has a story to tell. "Bonjour II" was painted in Atlanta in a group of fellow artists with whom Helen routinely painted. "It was great to have a cadre of live models who would return to work sessions. Bonjour took about three weeks to complete," recalls Kotsher. "The first version was a pastel, which sold some time ago." Kotsher has won several awards, and her art works are in many personal and corporate collections. She has exhibited in New York, Georgia and Japan. She studied with innovative sculptor and painter Harriet FeBland in New York, and Joseph Perrin and Donna Pinter in Atlanta.

The art on display at Galloway Ridge focuses on Kotsher's love of color and form. "I have tried to find the essence of the subject and explore it to its fullest in color and space," she stresses. "The unusual color combinations I achieve evoke memories and perspectives of time and places." Her work will be at Galloway Ridge until mid July.

Bonjour II by Helen Kotsher

Story and photo by Forrest C. Greenslade, PhD

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