The UUFDC Gallery will exhibit watercolors by Carolyn Kenney-Carter from September 3-28, 2014. A graduate of UW Madison, Kenney-Carter has worked as an artist for Milwaukee museums, started a business called WonderCat Graphics, and illustrated several books, including Richard Carter’s poems, Inside and Out. She and Richard also collaborated on Through the Cabin Door,whichwon the Outdoor Writing Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers in 2012. She divides her time among Wauwatosa, Sister Bay and Tucson, AZ and is a member of the League of Milwaukee Artists, the Door County Art League and the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild in addition to the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
Trained as a graphic designer, Kenney-Carter turned to fine art in a session at The Clearing in 1992. Her subjects are creatures, things and places that she has encountered as part of her lifelong relationship with the natural world. The watercolors differ from illustrations in that they often focus on part of a subject to draw attention to its essential nature or capabilities, which are highlighted in the title with a gently humor. Thus, a fox looks over a scene we cannot see in Fox Ledge, or a resting rabbit has arrived By Leaps and Bounds. Barnstorming portrays the top of a barn owl’s head against a dark blue sky with gathering clouds. Although the subject in the foreground is painted in detail, these works are by no means wholly realistic, even when natural materials are embedded to give that illusion. Using color, texture and light in her own ways, Kenney-Carter suggests a lively inner life in her paintings.
The Gallery is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in North Ephraim, open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3 pm and on Sunday, 11 am-12:30 pm, or call 920-854-7559 for an appointment.