Lo­cal artist gains na­tional recog­ni­tion

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Hot Springs artist Ca­role Katchen is fea­tured in sev­eral na­tional mag­a­zines this fall, and one of her paint­ings was re­cently in­cluded in the na­tional ju­ried ex­hibit of the Arkansas Pas­tel So­ci­ety.

The mag­a­zines show­ing her work are Van­ity Fair, In­ter­na­tional Artist, and Pas­tel Jour­nal.

The APS ex­hibit in­cludes paint­ings se­lected from 12 states. Katchen’s paint­ing de­picts flow­ers planted by the Master Gar­den­ers at the Hot Springs Farm­ers & Ar­ti­sans Mar­ket. The show is on dis­play at the But­ler Cen­ter, 401 Pres­i­dent Clin­ton Ave., Lit­tle Rock, un­til Dec. 24.

“It’s a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of pas­tel paint­ings and I feel hon­ored to be in­cluded,” Katchen said in a news re­lease.

The Septem­ber is­sue of Van­ity Fair in­cludes a fea­ture about an up­scale res­tau­rant in Bed­ford, N.Y. A photo shows the owner stand­ing in front of one of Katchen’s images de­pict­ing a waiter sniff­ing a glass of wine. “This was a to­tal sur­prise,” Katchen said. “As an artist you are al­ways work­ing alone in your stu­dio and it’s nice when some­one out there no­tices your work.”

The Au­gust Pas­tel Jour­nal in­cluded an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Katchen about a new tech­nique of pas­tel paint­ing she has re­cently de­vel­oped. She rips up sheets of pas­tel pa­per, glues them down and paints over the top. Over four pages of the na­tional mag­a­zine, Katchen de­scribes her paint­ing process and shows sev­eral ex­am­ples. “Af­ter paint­ing with pas­tels for so many years — more than 50 now — I am con­stantly look­ing for ways to make my art more in­ter­est­ing and more chal­leng­ing.”

The most re­cent pub­lic­ity is a full page in the De­cem­ber/Jan­uary In­ter­na­tional Artist Mag­a­zine that Katchen won by en­ter­ing its Ab­stract Art com­pe­ti­tion. Her work is the fourth piece cho­sen in this con­test from en­tries through­out the world. The paint­ing “Flo­ral Ad­ven­ture” was pur­chased by Arkansas Colleges of Health Ed­u­ca­tion in Fort Smith last spring.

Katchen has lived in Hot Springs for 23 years. In ad­di­tion to show­ing her art at Legacy Gallery, her paint­ings have been fea­tured in gal­leries and mu­se­ums through­out the United States and in Asia and South Amer­ica. She also wrote 14 art in­struc­tion books for na­tional pub­lish­ers, trans­lated into French, Ger­man, Dutch and Chi­nese. Katchen has a large stu­dio on West Grand Av­enue where she paints and teaches art.

Email ck­atchen@earth­link.net or call 627-4494 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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