On Thursday, July 28, from 5-8 p.m., people are invited to meet artists Pamela Gatens and Marietta Lyall in the Old Stone Room at Carnegie Hall for their “It’s All About the Color!” art exhibit and sale.
Both artists love painting with lots of bright, beautiful colors. Paintings include flowers, animals, old toys, musical instruments, landscapes and more
Born in Dallas, TX, Gatens comes from an artistic family. Her father was a professional photographer and her mother an expert seamstress. Gatens began working in graphic arts while in high school, and enjoyed graphic design and typography as a career until moving to West Virginia in 2002.
Gatens joined Greenbrier Artists at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg in 2004 and began working in acrylic and watercolor. Gatens is now a prolific painter and entertaining teacher. She is also a member of The American Impressionist Society and a Signature Member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society. She is represented by The Greenbrier hotel and resort, online with Carleton Varney, Tamarack in Beckley, and The Art Store in Charleston. Her line of cat and floral cards have been best sellers for years at Tamarack. Gatens currently lives in Hillsboro with her husband, Pat; dog, Barker and cats, Pokey and Mack.
Lyall’s background is in business management, corporate training, and human resources. She managed the photography studio at The Greenbrier resort before moving to Alexandria, VA. There, she worked at the Student Loan Marketing Association while operating her own studio, Alpha Photography, part time for 15 years.
After moving back to West Virginia and joining the Greenbrier Artists, Lyall began studying various art mediums and techniques. She has taken classes from several local artists and has studied with many watercolor and acrylic artists around the U.S. She is a juried member of Tamarack’s Fine Art Gallery and has won numerous awards in Virginia and West Virginia shows. She is a lifetime member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and works from her studio, “A Brush in Time”, west of Lewisburg.
This colorful exhibit will be open in the Old Stone Room until Aug. 27.