See you in the studio! Featuring Karen Kitchel

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The Focus On The Masters Arts Archive & Library Present
See you in the studio!
Featuring Karen Kitchel
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm


To learn more about Karen Kitchel click HERE.

Karen in her studio working on Three Sisters for the Furious Garden exhibit at
The Claremont Museum of Art. Photo supplied by the artist.
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.
Three Sisters (detail), by Karen Kitchel
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.
See you in the studio! will discuss Karen’s monumental work, Three Sisters, featured in the Claremont Museum exhibition. Karen 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, “Students realize that they are learning the same ideas and practices that our inspiration artists learned and still use in their own work today. Concentrated effort, observation, commitment and follow through, combined with passion, is a recipe for success in any subject.”
The Zoom event is free to all and are sponsored, in part, by the members of Focus on the Masters. Donations always welcomed. Donate HERE. To register and receive your link, click HERE or visit our website at
The next artist we will see in the studio is Ojai painter Gayel Childress on November 30, 2021. RSVP HERE now!

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