Focus On The Masters featuring Karen Kitchel

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The Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library Present featuring Karen Kitchel

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

6:30 to 7:30 PM FREE via Zoom

Focus on the masters (FOTM) Arts Archive & Library’s newest experience, See you in the Studio! will be presented on Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm and features painter and FOTM documented artist Karen Kitchel. Karen will share a tour of her studio and insight into her distinctive studio practice. Using both conventional and unconventional materials such as oil and acrylic paint, asphalt emulsion, tar, burlap and powdered pigments, her intimate depictions of nature come from personal observation and experience inviting the viewer to contemplate the human influence on our ecosystem. Whether a painting is the topic of environmental sustainability, toxic sites, drought, or regeneration there is always more to the work than meets the eye.

Currently, Karen is featured in a three-person exhibition at the Claremont Museum of Art with fellow painter Deena Capparelli, and ceramist Cj Jilek titled Furious Garden, on view through November 27, 2021. From the Claremont Museum of Art website:

In this “furious garden,” three contemporary artists re-envision and re-construct the pastoral metaphors with which we’re familiar. Naughty, disobedient, and extravagant, this view of “garden” is active and provocative, intent on cultivating new pathways and relationships between landscape and occupant.

See you in the studio! will discuss Karen’s monumental work, 3 Sisters, featured in the Claremont Museum exhibitionKaren shares, “This work draws upon my gardening practice, surviving the 2017 Thomas Fire, and contemplating issues of environmental sustainability. Drawing on equal parts imagination, childhood fables, and agricultural realities, these dense, rough surfaces suggest Nature’s dominance and ultimate endurance.” 

FOTM’s Learning to See outreach develops in-school lesson plans inspired by the artwork and [-life stories of our documented artists, including Karen Kitchel. Education Director, Aimee French reflects, “This framework provides our youth with present day role models who have excelled in pursuit of their passions.”

The Zoom event is free to all and is sponsored, in part, by our members of Focus on the Masters. To register and receive your link, visit   


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