The Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh presents, "Paintings Done Outside"

Great Sky

Great Sky

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

The Nature Art Gallery in Raleigh presents, "Paintings Done Outside" artwork by Emily Weinstein. The show runs March 1-31.

Emily Eve Weinstein, was born in Newburgh, NY in 1955. First ten years lived in East Islip, NY. With her folks moved to Greece and then France. Formal art studies began at Academie Charpentier in Paris, then West Surrey College of Art in England and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA...BFA from VCU. Has lived in the Triangle, NC since 1982.

Selected solo shows: Waterworks Art Center, Salisbury, NC; Fayetteville Art Museum; Danville Museum of Art, VA; Council for the Arts, Jacksonville, NC; Bank of the Arts, New Bern, NC; Iredell Museum of Art & Science, Statesville, NC; The Ark Gallery, Greensboro, NC; The McPhearson Center, High Point, NC; The Horace William House, Chapel Hill, NC; Carytown Art Gallery, Richmond, VA; Keane Mason Gallery, NYC; Charwood Gallery, Roanoke, VA; West Surrey Gallery, Farnham, England...

Most recent grants: Orange County Arts Commission, Strowd Roses Foundation, Mary Biddle Duke Foundation, Durham Arts Council for the Emerging Artist Grant, Downtown Durham, Inc.

Work experiences include four artist-in-residencies (Oregon, Nevada, New York and North Carolina); teaching portraiture, landscape painting, mixed media, mural painting, faux finishes; originating two businesses, Pet & People Portraiture and Murals-By-Many. Weinstein also lived in a van/studio for three years while painting the unwinding scenery of America. Currently teaches plein air painting at Carrboro Art Center.

Art gift books are: Moon Book, Cat Book, Dog Book and Saving Magic Places published by Discovery Press and Beau Soleil Publishers.

Update - 1/30/19: Weinstein has finished the design and execution of Volumes I through IX of the 25-year Handmade Book series which will follow the artistic career and life of the artist till age 80. Subscriptions and solo copies are now available.

Artist Statement – Emily Eve Weinstein

Having worked as an artist my entire life, for just over a decade now I have put commissions on the back burner. I began to paint under the full moon as a way to free up the tight rendering that was often required in my work creating portraits and murals. Each monthly foray into the great moon-lit outdoors led to such fascinating adventures that the moon painting series continues indefinitely. I still do the occasional portrait as I find the challenge to capture an individual's spirit rewarding. My last commercially published book, Saving Magic Places, includes 30 cutout Lilliputian portraits.

The texture, the variability of oil paint has me hooked. When necessary I use acrylic but in my heart and mind I just don't feel like the old tried and true oil paint can be replaced. Fortunately oil paint formulas have become less toxic. I enjoy the layering and texturing I can achieve. My most recent paintings have been studies in chaos and making complex studies of complicated outdoor subject matter. After a recent trip to California, missing seeing the open western skies, I began painting massive amounts of sky above our native trees. From there the paintings eventually came back home to walls of chaotic limbs and foliage: seen at UNC Botanical Gardens, my yard or a client’s place. I teach plein air painting through the Carrboro Art Center.

Getting married at age 54 and coordinating the entire wedding, a daunting task; I declared if I survived I would do a project that documented my next 25 years: hence, the 25-year Handmade Book series. So far Volumes I through IX are completed, following the twist and turns of a life in the arts. Every piece of art made within each perspective year is in print. The series has really helped me to focus and encourages painting that follows my interests; nature. Every work in this exhibit is published in either a manufactured book or in the 25-year Handmade Book series.  

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