Lori Putnam, a contemporary American impressionist whose works have been exhibited in major museums, didn’t discover the spark for drawing and painting until high school art classes.
At age 35, when her children were in high school, she took up oil painting. But a sojourn to Italy in 2008 for concentrated study and artistic experimentation was the breakthrough, she said.
Putnam, who maintains a studio in Charlotte, TN, will be the judge for the 39th annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale. The show at the Brown County Art Gallery begins Saturday, June 10 and ends July 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
She said, “Rather than merely copying, I use paint to interpret and to express.” She added that color harmonies, rhythms, patterns, shapes and her response to them “is what excites me.”
Putnam is known for expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions and use of color. In addition to studio work for larger works, she attends and teaches plein air (fresh air) workshops. She is an Artist Faculty Demonstrator at the Annual Plein Air Convention. She is a member and also exhibits at art organizations including the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Salmagundi Club is the largest art club in the country. She is a past vice president of the American Impressionists Society.
Putnam has exhibited at the High Museum of Atlanta, GA and the Irvine Museum in Orange County, CA, and the Tucson Museum of Collection. Her work is in permanent collections including the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, the Jack Warner and the Plein Air Magazine.
We are thrilled to have Lori as our 2017 Judge.