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Main Street Gallery, Weaverville – Board of Directors Profile – Karen Hammer

Karen Hammer

 

Karen C. Hammer

Art has been a part of Karen Hammer’s life since childhood.  After doing her first oil painting with a mat knife at age 13, her parents enrolled her in oil painting classes and a life-long love of painting began.  She majored in art in college and took up watercolor painting at the age of 54.  For the most part she is a self taught in the art of water color painting.

She has become an accomplished and recognized watercolor artist for which she has received many awards. Her work has been exhibited in galleries from the San Francisco Bay Area to Eugene, Oregon including the Highland Art Center, Main Street Gallery, 5 Windows Gallery, the New and Old Redding City Halls, The Studio Experience, the North Valley Art League, The River Run Gallery in Leaburg, Oregon, the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California, and many more.  Karen explains, “I have always loved watercolor paintings because of the clarity and lightness of the color. Watching a picture materialize from the very rough stages to the finished product creates a spectrum of emotions in me.”  Karen’s artistic goal was to achieve a style of painting similar to the 20th-century American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell. Her work is vibrant, pure and realistic without sentimentality.

Karen and her husband, David, moved to Weaverville in 1974.  She worked in the Trinity County school system for 30 years taking 6 years off to raise her two son's, Ross and Nathan.  Since arriving in Trinity County, Karen has been an active community volunteer involved in many local fund-raising efforts and arts enhancement projects for the Rotary Club, the Trinity County Performing Arts Center, the Weaverville Revitalization Committee, and the Douglas City School arts program.

Karen, together with her husband as project manager, designed and constructed the Weaverville Gateway signs, with the help of many volunteers.  The “Welcome to Weaverville” signs are located on Hwy. 299 at both entrances to Weaverville.

After retiring from school business, she became a docent at the Main Street Gallery, which was run by the Trinity County Arts Council.   Using her school business knowledge, she assisted them with their budget and financial accounting.

Karen took over ownership of the Main Street Gallery with nine other women in July 2011.  The gallery is non-profit and an all volunteer enterprise in historic Weaverville.  As treasurer and financial manager, Karen is a cornerstone of the group.

Karen and Evelyn Mercer Ward will be the featured artists in July at the Main Street Gallery.


Karen’s complete biography and art resumé will appear in the upcoming Main Street Gallery newsletter.

Main Street Gallery
490 Main Street, P.O. Box 421,
Weaverville, California 96093
530-623-9259
mainstreetgallery@velotech.net

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

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