“For years I avoided painting in watercolors because I was too afraid of the medium, thinking I had to finish a painting in one sitting before it dried. Dale demystifies watercolors through demonstrations and guidance. Color palettes, layering, texturing and composition are part of every lesson. I simply could not have reached this level of success without Dale’s teaching.”
– Fredi Koltes, Studio Class
Art Show Location:
Musikantow Studio, within The Shops at Michigan Thyme
New Buffalo, Michigan
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Fredi Kolted attended the American Academy of Art in the 1980s. Although working in oils at that time, in the recent past she was introduced to watercolors by a friend and fellow artist and was interested in learning how to work in this medium. She has been attending my studio classes for the last year and recently had her first, very successful One-Woman Show in New Buffalo, Michigan selling many pieces.
Fredi began showing her work in this gallery in February 2014. From the gallery owner she learned that the colors and airy quality in her work appealed to many viewers. Her pieces were purchased as gifts or chosen for that “perfect spot” in someone’s home.
Because of this interest, the owner asked if she would consider holding a show which would entail providing at least eight new paintings specifically for the event. The artwork was showcased on the primary wall of the gallery. Champagne and homemade chocolates were provided to guests. Six paintings sold as a result of this show.
This show was titled “Around the Bend” and was a “collection of watercolors inspired by a quiet beauty found while meandering down country roads.”
Because of her love of the outdoors, many of Fredi’s paintings include rustic farms, summer landscapes and flower gardens in bloom. Reference photos come from her own back yard or farm stands, lakes and parks in rural Indiana and Michigan.
Recently Fredi has been working on commissioned pieces with subject matter as eclectic as public libraries and dairy cows. She is also in conversations with a restaurant in Mishawaka, Indiana to show pieces there.
You can reach Fredi at FrediKolted@hotmail.com.
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Dale L Popovich IWS
is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. As you will see the works selected in his portfolio represent the breath of his holistic approach to painting. You can also learn along with this talented and experienced teacher through his workshops, Palette & Chisel, Mainstreet Art Center i Lake Zurich, IL and Popovich Studio classes.