Gaylene Petcu - Fine Art

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Gaylene PetcuA native of Missouri, I worked in St. Louis for 25 years as a technical illustrator and graphic designer. That experience gave me an eye for detail and a working knowledge of composition and color, but not much opportunity for personal expression. Now a self-employed artist, I find my inspiration in nature, landscape in particular, with its varied forms and hues. The grandeur of distant vistas and the beauty of nearby wonders are equally compelling. Gardens bursting with color and stones sculpted smooth by rushing water are subjects which repeatedly spark my creativity.

I work in both pastel and oil, appreciating the unique characteristics of each medium. I start my paintings by sketching in essential compositional elements while avoiding detail. In those early stages I can make major changes with no harm. After the layout is established, I follow no standard method or process. Rather, I approach each new painting with an attitude of discovery, tackling each challenge as it arises until the piece works as a whole. The gratification I feel when one of my works resonates with my viewers is a driving force to keep me coming back to my easel.

I greatly appreciate your interest in my art. For information on availability and pricing of art works, please contact me at .

Gallery Representation:

• Banner Elk Artists Gallery - Banner Elk, NC
• Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) - Spruce Pine and Burnsville, NC

Events for 2017:

• April 8 - May 7:  TRAC Gift Shop New Artists Exhibit
• August 3 – September 9: "BRAGging Rights", Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild Members Exhibit, Herring-Kivette Gallery, Yancey County Public Library, Burnsville, NC
• August 19 – September 23: "Toe River Valley" exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, NC
• August 25 – September 23: "Toe River Valley" exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC

Exhibits and Honors:

2016
• 2nd Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
• "8x8" and Silent Auction Exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
2015
• 'Avery Artists' Invitational Exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, NC
• 'Renaissance of the Family Farm', BRAG exhibit, The Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC
• 1st Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
2014
• Award of Excellence for 'Yellow Daylilies', North Carolina Juried Statewide Pastel Exhibition, Charlotte, NC
• 'Regional Art Leagues: Selected Works', juried exhibition, The Bascom, Highlands, NC
2013
• Honorable Mention for 'Plum Daylily', Appalachian Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC
• 'Regional Art Leagues: Selected Works', juried exhibition, The Bascom, Highlands, NC
• 'Bloom!' solo pastel exhibit*, The Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC
2012
• 'The Power of Ten' Wednesday Painters exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Burnsville, NC
2011
• Recipient of Regional Artist's Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council*
• Cover artist, The Laurel of Asheville magazine
• 'Route 80 – Back to Our North Carolina Routes', BRAG exhibit, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine, NC
2010
• 2nd Place for 'Elderberry', Blue Ridge Parkway Plein Air Competition
• 2nd Place and People's Choice Award for 'Morning Light', Banner Elk, NC Paint-Out
• Solo pastel exhibit, Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, NC

Affiliations
Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild
Toe River Arts Council

 

*This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources with additional funding from local arts councils in Avery, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey Counties.

 

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