Artist of the Month


August Artist

Carol "Cozy" Maxwell

Bio

"FROM THE AGE OF 6 I REMEMBER WANTING TO CREATE. MY PARENTS BOUGHT ME SKETCH PAPER AND AN ELEMENTARY CRAFT BOOK. ALL I COULD MAKE WAS A BOX USING LUMPY PASTE WHICH DIDN’T HOLD BUT TASTED GOOD (YES, ARTISTS ARE WEIRD). PAPER WAS EXPENSIVE AND WE COULDN’T AFFORD THE TYPES OF FASTENERS AND GLUE WHICH ARE READILY AVAILABLE NOW.

BUT, AT THE AGE OF 9, I DISCOVERED PAINT BY NUMBERS WHICH TAUGHT ME TO USE OIL PAINT WHICH IS MY FIRST LOVE. IT MUSHROOMED FROM THERE BEING MOSTLY SELF-TAUGHT. I ENTERED A HIATUS OF ABOUT 16 YEARS TO RAISE 6 CHILDREN, MAKING SURE THEY ALWAYS HAD SKETCHING MATERIALS AT HAND. I THEN ENROLLED IN AN OIL PAINTING CLASS AT THE BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT TO HONE MY ARTS. I THEN TAUGHT MY CHILDREN TO PAINT.

THUS, TWO OF MY CHILDREN ARE ARTISTS, ONE A GOURMET COOK SPECIALIZING IN CAKE DECORATING, AND ANOTHER IS A POKER DEALER AT A NEW MEXICO CASINO BUT PAINTS AS A HOBBY.

MY OIL TECHNIQUE IS WET ON WET BLENDING COLORS ON THE CANVAS. I WAIVER FROM REALISM TO ABSTRACT. LAST YEAR’S DISPLAY WAS REALISM IN OILS.

THIS PRESENT DISPLAY IS MIXED MEDIA, MY WAY OF FREEING UP MY TECHNIQUE. IT’S QUITE A BREAK FROM MY USUAL WORK, BUT I’M COMPELLED TO TRY NEW MATERIALS, MY FAVORITE BEING ALCOHOL INKS.

SOME PEOPLE, WHEN UPSET, BUY CLOTHES OR SHOES. I BUY BRUSHES. IT’S BOTH A PASSION AND OBSESSION. ANOTHER PASSION IS READING, ALSO STARTING AT AN EARLY AGE AND I FEED THAT PASSION BY WORKING AT THE BLOOMINGDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY. STILL ANOTHER PASSION IS MUSIC AND I HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO BELONG TO A HAND BELL CHOIR AT TRINITY CHURCH IN ROSELLE.

ALL THESE TALENTS (BLESSINGS) I OWE TO MY LORD AND SAVIOR, MY PARENTS, AND MY ART TEACHER SHIRLEY GARRISON.

I AM TRULY BLESSED AND THANKFUL AND APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO SHARE MY ART WITH YOU."

Art Location
Artwork is displayed in the main stairwell.

Purchasing
All artwork is for sale, visit the business office for details.




Gallery

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Artists interested in displaying their work at the Bloomingdale Public Library can download a copy of the exhibition policies and necessary space request forms here.

Completed forms can be sent by email to jschingoethe@mybpl.org or turned in to the business office during regular business hours.