Troika Gallery Features Carol Lee Thompson in July Solo Show

From June 2 to August 3, 2010, Troika Gallery in Easton presents “Full Circle,” a featured show of exciting new works by Carol Lee Thompson, a Classical Realist trained in the methods of the Old Masters. Her art covers a wide range of subject matter including landscape, portraiture, and equine. She is recognized in the Western U.S. for her Native American subjects, while the rolling hunt and reservoir country of her home in Phoenix, Maryland, provides lush landscape locations.

Her traditional training allows her to prepare her surfaces with lead and glue, grind her own pigments, and paint with black oil and fine Flemish or Maroger medium, which she prepares herself. Thompson also teaches these techniques through classes and workshops.

Thompson graduated from the Schuyler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, where she still teaches. She has an MFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She shows extensively and is featured in galleries across the country, including Tuscon, San Francisco, Colorado, North Carolina, Washington DC, and Easton. Thompson’s work is part of many corporate and private collections including the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Butler Institute of Art, and the U.S. State Department, Baltimore’s City Hall, the Fort McHenry National Shrine, and the Star Pass Resort in Arizona.

Her exhibits include the Tucson Museum’s “Women Artists and the West Show,” the Gilcrease and Albuquerque Museum’s Miniature Show, the C.M. Russell Museum Auction, and Oil Painters of America Exhibits. She has received awards in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Show, the Salmagundi Club in New York, in International Miniature Shows, and in the Fredrix “Spirit of America” Competition.

Thompson is published in Fresh Flowers—the Best of Flower Painting and Art of the American West. She was a Preview Artist in Art of the West Magazine and was featured in the American Artist magazine article, “Baltimore Realists.” Southwest Art magazine has featured her in “Collecting” and she appeared in International Art magazine in “Master Painters of the World.”

According to gallery owner Jennifer Heyd Wharton, “This artist’s stunning work sells extremely well and is a favorite among our collectors.”

Thompson will dedicate her show to Ann D. Schuler, a legendary artist, teacher, and matriarch of the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, who passed away on May 19, 2010. Thompson has been affiliated with the Schuler School for more than 25 years. Schuler was Thompson’s mentor and dearest friend.

“Ann was an amazing artist and educator,” Thompson says. “She touched, enriched and changed countless lives. She selflessly gave her life to teaching and educating the art world about the Maroger Medium, established by Jacques Maroger, who is revered for rediscovering the medium of the Old Masters.” Without hesitation, Thompson attributes, “I literally owe everything to her. We became soulmates and travelled together extensively. Regardless of what my career accomplishments may be, having such a great lady call me her best friend is the highest honor I will receive.”

Thompson will conduct a demonstration at Troika Gallery on Saturday, July 24 from 4-6pm during Plein Air–Easton! She will demonstrate how she works to capture the mood of a local landscape. Thompson has competed at Plein Air–Easton! for five years.

Troika Gallery will host an Opening Reception on Friday, July 2 from 5-9pm during downtown Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. Refreshments will be served and Carol Lee Thompson will be present to discuss her art and answer questions. The Gallery Walk is the kick off to First Weekend Easton–Live! events that take place in downtown Easton throughout the first full weekend of each month. Troika Gallery is located at 9 S. Harrison St. in downtown Easton. For more information, call 410.770.9190 or visit www.troikagallery.com.

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