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Featured Artists Gwen Walker Strahan, and Stephen Woolery – November 2012

Gwen Walker Strahan and Stephen Woolery, two acclaimed painters, will be the featured artists at the Main Street Gallery during November.

Strahan is primarily a landscape painter working in pastels and oils. Her subject matter is often derived from her many travels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East as well as local areas in Northern California. In the last four years, she has been working with the ancient art of Encaustic painting. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.

Encaustic by Gwen Walker Strahan

The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Strahan’s themes often dictate the medium she uses from the richness of oil paint, so creamy and seductive; the intense colors of pastels, some as soft and as delicate as cream and the fragrant aroma of melting beeswax, and the way it moves when creating a piece of Encaustic. An artist for 40 years, Strahan works in her home studio and gallery in Redding, California.

         Woolery is a self-taught artist working in the medium of soft pastel. At a very early age, his stepmother’s father, a Russian immigrant who was a successful self-taught plein aire oil painter inspired Woolery with the desire to render beautiful scenes just like his grandfather did so magically and convincingly. Growing up in Colorado Woolery developed an enduring fascination for the incredible scenic beauty and dramatic skies of the Rocky Mountains.

Tin Cup Pass, Stephen Woolery

He is now primarily dedicated to painting the incredible beauty of California from the Coast to the Sierras with a special fondness for dramatic seascapes and skies. He work is featured in the Horizon Fine Art Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming; Brown Dog Gallery in McCloud, CA; and The Gallery in Mt. Shasta. Woolery has received numerous awards for his work. His studio is in Redding, California. He presents workshops in Redding and for the Main Street Gallery for aspiring artists.

Yellowstone Meadow--Stephen Woolery

            The Third Quarter Members exhibit is on display in the Trinity Gallery. And this quarter’s raffle for new artwork has begun. Tickets are a dollar each or an “arm’s length” for $10.

Main Street Gallery
490 Main Street, P.O. Box 421,
Weaverville, California 96093

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


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