Kate­lyn Poe named to Bud­ding Artist Pro­gram

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Danc­ing Tree Cre­ations Ar­ti­sans Gallery and Stu­dio

Danc­ing Tree Cre­ations Ar­ti­sans Gallery and Stu­dio, 22 S. Read­ing Ave., Boy­er­town, is proud to name Kate­lyn Poe as its next Bud­ding Artist.

An open­ing re­cep­tion, with light re­fresh­ments and the op­por­tu­nity to meet other lo­cal artists, will be held Thurs­day, May 3, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Bud­ding Artist Pro­gram pro­vides school-aged artists an op­por­tu­nity to join over 200 lo­cal and na­tional ar­ti­sans in ex­hibit­ing and selling their crafts for a three-month pe­riod of time with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Bud­ding Artist.

Poe, a ju­nior at Boy­er­town Area Se­nior High, is the Gallery’s 13th Bud­ding Artist; her work will be avail­able through July 2018.

Art has al­ways been a cru­cial part of Poe’s life. As a child, she filled dozens of note­books with crayon draw­ings of flow­ers, hearts and her fam­ily. She then grad­u­ated to old craft paint on sheets of printer pa­per and her love of paint­ing blos­somed from there. Now, cre­at­ing art and paint­ing has ex­panded into ev­ery as­pect of her life. She be­lieves that art isn’t just cre­at­ing a pretty pic­ture; it is a mind­set, a new way of see­ing and solv­ing prob­lems.

As she en­tered high school, she wasn’t cer­tain whether or not she wanted a ca­reer in art. Now she knows that she wants to con­tinue do­ing what she loves and hopes to find new ap­pli­ca­tions for her art in the real world. While she orig­i­nally en­joyed draw­ing and us­ing col­ored pen­cils, her true pas­sion is paint­ing. She loves blend­ing col­ors and see­ing how they in­ter­act with each other to mix the per­fect hue. Paint­ing for her is sort of an es­cape from re­al­ity. When she has a paint­brush in her hand, she doesn’t have to think about any­thing be­sides the im­age she is cre­at­ing. “There is some­thing in­cred­i­ble about the process of paint­ing,” Poe says, “and I am blessed to be able to see each one start as a pen­cil skele­ton and layer by layer trans­form into some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary, no mat­ter the com­plex­ity of the piece.”

Poe cred­its one of her paint­ing

“There is some­thing in­cred­i­ble about the process of paint­ing.” — Kate­lyn Poe

teach­ers, Ms. Pamela Hen­drix, with fa­cil­i­tat­ing her de­vel­op­ment of her love of art and paint­ing. Poe is down in Hen­drix’ room work­ing on a pro­ject (or two!) every­day whether she has a class or not. Hen­drix has helped Poe de­cide that she wants to pur­sue art as a ca­reer and re­al­ize that she should con­tinue to do what she loves be­cause she’ll al­ways come back to her art, no mat­ter what changes may oc­cur in her life. Poe also ac­knowl­edges an­other one of her art teach­ers, Mr. Thomas Dare­neau, with mak­ing her a bet­ter artist by get­ting her to pay more at­ten­tion to the de­tails in draw­ings and cre­at­ing in­ter­est­ing and even com­po­si­tions.

Na­ture is an­other huge in­spi­ra­tion for Poe. She loves in­cor­po­rat­ing it into her art to add

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