Local artist Carol Freeman has been asked to enter a painting in the 11th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Show.
She chose to enter one of a series of her paintings which employed bright colors.
The title of the painting is “Old Man Farm Cat.”
When asked about the bright colors in the series, Freeman replied, “Picasso had his ‘blue period’ – I have my ‘bright orange, yellow and gaudy period!’ “
The painting is displayed with other entries at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the Carnegie Gallery in the old section of the Main Library. Visitors may vote for a favorite.
The Art Show is a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council, The Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Friends of the Library. The display continues through January 6, when the closing ceremony will be held from 4-6 p.m.
Freeman says that the constant in her life has been her artistry. As a member of an Air Force family – living all over the United States and abroad – there was not time for integration with local society, but the wish to paint sustained her. One of her most vivid memories of those years was watching parachutes descending from the skies in Okinawa.
As a child, she did not know there were men with them, and envisioned billowing skirts blooming about.
Her first experiment in painting that she remembers was at age 3 1/2! Because of the constant moving, she had no formal training, but was very alert in reading about artists, history and art, in general. Her private studies in those areas continue to this day.
She spent several years living on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. There she found galleries anxious to display and sell her work. She flourished in Provincetown, especially. She also was invited to participate in the Folk Art Show at the Folk Art Museum in New York City.
Since moving to Ohio, she has developed many associations, varying from the Ohio Arts Council, to the Crabill House and the Flea Market in Springfield. The Winds in Yellow Springs will provide a showing of her works in mid to late January.
Janet Ebert is a regular contributor to this newspaper.