Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - September 30, 2011

Artists 'under the influence' of Carol Maddox to exhibit

Meet the artists at opening reception Oct. 2 in Livermore

Painting under the influence?

An exhibit at the Livermore Library, called "Under the Influence --Painting with Carol Maddox," will feature the work of 13 advanced artists through the month of October who have been creating art under the direction and influence of award-winning artist and teacher Carol Maddox of Pleasanton.

Visitors will have a chance to preview the exhibit and visit with the artists at a reception to kick off the show, from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. Many of the artists are professionals in their own right, and some of their work will be for sale. Instructor Maddox will also show her work.

Each artist will have two to three water media paintings, primarily watercolors, in the exhibit. In addition, the painters will display their individual interpretations of a single photo of a Northern California countryside.

Carol Maddox was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor in 2004 at the American Watercolor Society's 137th International Exhibition. Again this year, her entry was granted an award, and the painting is on tour across the United States for one year. A graduate of California College of the Arts, she exhibits regularly with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association; she has attained signature membership in all three. Maddox has lived and exhibited in Europe, and returns to conduct workshops in Italy, Belgium, and France.

"My work has moved away from replicating subjects to saying less about a scene -- and working more from imagination," Maddox said. "I encourage my students to take chances, and explore water media with enthusiasm and freedom."

Maddox has been instructing in the Valley for over a dozen years. Most of her students have been studying painting with her for much of that time.

Painters participating in the exhibit will be Dodie Arterburn, Eileen Butcher, Arline Dust, Marianne Foote, Carol Gerich, Linda Huggins, Jo Ann Koopman, Myra Latkin, Annette Mack, Marisa Ocasio, Ann Peters, Lisa Scarborough, and Gloria Thompson.

The Livermore Library is located at 1188 S. Livermore Ave. Call 373-5500.

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