Cole To Be Featured As Artist Of The Month at Henri Museum

A reception will be held this Friday, August 5th from 5 – 7 p.m. for Beth Cole at the Robert Henri Museum. Cookies, lemonade and coffee will be served.
   Cole will be the August Artist-of-the-Month according to Robert Henri Executive Director Caroline Gaudreault.
   Cole is a former web designer turned art learner and maker. She lives in Merna, Nebraska with her husband, Gary. She is the sister of Cozad resident and elementary school teacher Karen Berreckman.
   According to Cole “I was raised with a great appreciation for music and the arts and I have always wanted to paint. When I turned 50, it was time. I paint mostly with oil and pastels.”
   “I think my paintings come from a desire to express what I feel as I grow older…gratefulness, joy, restoration, optimism, hope. I try to paint what I see as the light fall on the land and the figure,” Cole continued.
   Cole has studied painting in person with Marla Baggetta, Fealing Lin and Lester Lee, and online with Gillian Lee Smith, Barry John Raybould and many other accomplished artists.
   “I think practice is one of the best ways to learn and every painting has taught me something,” Cole noted.
   Juried shows Cole has participated in include Countryside Village in Omaha (2014 and 2015), Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance (2015) and Art Event at Kansas City Christian School (2015).
   Cole was the recipient of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Award of Excellence and Traveling Show (2015) for ‘Toward the Light,” Acrylic on Canvas, 20 X 24.
   When she isn’t creating artwork Cole spends time playing music, reading, grabbing her camera and chasing light or going for walks. She also enjoys travel and photography adventures with her husband as well as visits from her grown children and grandsons.
   Cole’s artwork will be on display in the Robert Henri Museum through the month of August. The museum is open from 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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