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September 11 - November 7, 2010
Debuting in the Museum Gallery on September 11 is “Convergence”, an exhibition featuring artwork by pastel artist Patricia Hedrick. A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday September 12 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served; there is no charge for admission.

Hedrick is a well-known artist residing in Solvang. The upcoming exhibit gathers together her art work to reveal a personal pictorial journey. “These collected pieces are windows into my life over an extended period of time,” says Hedrick, “and while subject matter varies, certain similarities emerge.”

Most of Hedrick’s works on display are landscapes. “Many images were inspired by my environment in the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley,” she explains. “Italy and the Huron River in Michigan are also represented.  I like the dramatic element in a landscape, so the focus is as much on light and atmosphere as location.”

Pastel has been Hedrick’s medium for more than 30 years. She values its immediacy, luminescence, and malleability. However, she admits that, “While I have a certain technical confidence with the pastel medium, I still feel I am learning the language. Each drawing or painting is an opportunity for discovery, and contributes to my evolution as an artist.” Rather than working outside, in plein-air, Hedrick prefers to work in the studio and draw from visual memory and imagination, using photographs for reference.

The subject matter of the paintings chosen for this exhibit vary from the aerial to the aquatic, from the still to the agitated, and from the domestic to the unfamiliar.

Hedrick was born in Los Angeles and received her B.A. in Fine Art from Pitzer College, Claremont. She also studied painting and printmaking at Scripps College, Claremont; painting with Douglass Parshall and Gerd Koch at the Santa Barbara Art Institute; and drawing with Gerard Haggerty at the Santa Barbara Adult Education Program. Her work has been exhibited  in various Central Coast galleries and other venues. In addition to doing freelance art and illustration, Hedrick has also taught in Santa Ynez Valley schools with the Arts Outreach program.

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