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April 9, 2012

Moultrie artist's work on display in Albany

ALBANY, Ga. — The paintings of a Moultrie native are featured in a watercolor exhibition April 2-30 at the Albany Area Arts Council.

“For the Love of Color” features the works of Clare Pearson, who paints at a studio in the Colquitt County Arts Center.

“Clare’s award winning paintings are striking, bright and vivid with bold strokes of color that run throughout each work,” said Carol Hetzler, the council’s executive director. “The rich colors she uses are reminiscent of oil paintings and her unusual approach to watercolor is brave and unconventional. Clare’s reference photocompositions from which she paints are a byproduct of her graphics background. Clare has an uncanny ability to see colors in her subject matter then she exaggerates those in paintings to produce her desired effect.

Pearson grew up on a farm in Moultrie with her mother, siblings, maternal grandparents and extended family. There she developed a love for the beauty of nature, animals, and life. She has a Bachelors of Fine Art from Valdosta State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

She has trained under several notable artists. She made her living in graphic design, creative production and printing sales for almost 20 years.

“Her artwork took a back seat to a graphics career and being a mom. Now she is living her dream,” Hetzler said.

Pearson is a member of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society. She has earned signature status in the Southern, Florida, and Georgia Watercolor societies. She is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Her artwork has been featured in many group shows as well as solo art shows.

The Albany Area Arts Council is located in the historic Carnegie Library, 215 N. Jackson St., Albany, Ga. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Albany Area Arts Council serves as the umbrella organization for seven art agencies and is devoted to promoting the arts in the greater Albany area.  For more information please contact the Albany Area Arts Council 229-439-ARTS (2787).


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