Artist Judi Krew to discuss powerful pastel portraits

Judi Krew will discuss her pastel portraits, including the one above of a woman in Key West, Fla., during a Sept. 17 program at Porter Library. Courtesy Judi Krew

Westlake-Westshore Arts Council starts off its 30th season hosting a program with artist Judi Krew, “Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places,” on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library. Krew will discuss the "who" and the "where" behind the bold, brash and inspired soft pastel portraits that will be on view in the art exhibition corridor of Porter during the month of September. 

Krew will introduce the audience to a fascinating cast of portrait characters drawn in comfortable compositions, whom she captures with often exploding color and convincing textures. It is a cast in two-dimensional form that communicates amazing unique personalities. If the portraits from this ongoing series of 88 could come alive all together in one room, it would be a vibrating scene.

A prolific artist with strength in color and draftsmanship, Krew has intensive background in watercolor and also with full figure acrylic painting. She was an art educator at Bay High School in the late 1980s. She has exhibited in 136 regional and national juried shows in 27 different states, as well as online and publication exhibitions. She has had 19 solo exhibitions in six states and has four more planned into April 2014.  She and her husband, Dr. Michael Krew, reside in Canton. She has a studio in Canton’s downtown arts district.

Krew’s previous program for W-WAC was “Laughing with my Ladies,” a series of acrylic paintings capturing the humor and spirit of womanhood without rose-colored glasses. Westlake-Westshore Arts Council programs are free and open to the public. All are invited for what promises to be an artistic, humorous and enjoyable evening with Judi Krew.

Marge Widmar

Westlake Resident; President, Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:33 AM, 09.04.2013