Karen Anne Baldauski
What an honor!
Karen's painting (shown below) won
2nd Prize in a field of 503 paintings at the 2019
New England Watercolor Society Regional Exhibition. The Juror was Antonio Masi, President of the American Watercolor Society.
Karen accepted the $750 award during the Reception held in Portsmouth, NH on June 1.
Karen's painting, HERRING GULL SWOOPING OVER RUGGED SHORE, can be seen along with 59 other paintings juried into the exhibition from June 1 - October 13, 2019 at the Historic New England Governor John Langdon House in the exciting city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Available paintings in the Portsmouth show are for sale at:
Opening Day at the ARTWORKSOFMAINE Gallery in Lubec, Maine is
Friday, June 7, 2019, 2pm-5pm.
Our website does not show everything on hand in the Gallery. We welcome your visit Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm-5pm, and at other times when the OPEN flag is flying, June-September.
Please contact us with inquiries about purchase of artwork:
Above: EDGE OF THE SEA, 2019, 24hx36w, acrylic on stretched canvas, $3400. USD
"Spring Lambs", 24x36, acrylic on stretched canvas, $6500. USD
FELTED WOOL WALL HANINGS.
Artist Karen Anne Baldauski works with beautiful wools too and designs wall hangings to be hung in homes and offices.
FOX, at left, is one of two of Karen's felted wool wall hangings juried into "Expressions", the Marin Society of Artists National Open Fine Arts Juried Exhibition in San Rafael, California. The juror is Paul Kratter and the show runs June 13 - July 6, 2019. Karen says, "I switch media as a change of pace. Working with gorgeous wools and lots of soapy water in the felting process, and being outdoors to fashion the wall hangings on a large work table, is a joyfull experience. When a piece is finished and rinsed and hung to dry in the wind, I feel happy. I make sturdy felt that is easy to hang like a tapestry from a rod or velcro strip. My work is often very graphic like the FOX in the birches (at left).
Karen has mastered the wet-felting technique and has developed ways to make her works stand out as masterpieces. Some of the felted pieces look like paintings for the delicate effects Karen can achieve. Some are stretched and framed...with or without plexi. Large or small, most hangings are suspended the easiest way possible...using stainless steel T-pins along the top edge..or sliding a rod through the sleeve on the reverse side, like quilts are displayed.
Karen says: "Sometimes I wash a raw, recently sheared fleece and dry it outdoors before I card it to use in my work. I can choose to work with natural fleece colors or achieve colors specific to a design using the most permanent dyes available. I can make felt to be very durable to last for centuries with appropriate simple care. The basic technique for felting wool and other natural materials is thousands of years old. I love to experiment to develop techniques that achieve special effects that go beyond making felt for saddle blankets or tent fabric as is still being done around the world.
For the FOX shown above I trimmed the edge to be really straight. It hangs beautifully. Some people prefer the effect of the natural waviness of an untrimmed edge that takes its shape from the hand processing I do in layering wools as I build up the thickness of a good felt. Sometimes I make the most delicate felt of all when I combine the most luxurious wools with silk to fashion scarves and wraps which are lightweight and magical, to be worn as an everyday accessory or to be something for a very very special occasion!"