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Cathie Tyler Meet & Greet Reception at Plaza Art Gallery Sept. 6th

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Cathie Tyler, former art instructor and Division Char of Fine Arts at Paris Junior College, will exhibit her latest work at the Plaza Art Gallery in downtown Paris during September. The public is invited to meet and greet her at a reception Thursday, September 6th 5-8 p.m.

“Cathie was a charter member of the Plaza Art Guild in Paris and contributed greatly to promotion of fine art in the community until she retired and moved to a hill top house near the Texas Hill Country town of Mason, “ said Craig Stephens, Guild co-chairperson. “We are thrilled to have her here and to see her newest paintings and drawings.”

Cathie is a 3rd generation artist. Her grandmother Lulu McLean was an active landscape painter in Colorado Springs from the 1930’s through the early 50’s. Lillian Tyler, Cathie’s mother, learned the rudiments of oil painting from her mother while her husband was overseas in the military. She continued to paint after the family moved to El Paso and later to Paris.

“The natural environment has been a second background for my life and work,” Tyler said. “The mountains and plains of Colorado, the desert and mountains of El Paso, the prairie around Denton and the rolling hills, fields and hardwood forests of the Paris area have served as inspiration for my drawings, paintings and ceramics.

My current series, “Water’s Edge”, includes drawings and paintings based on close-cropped intimate images of plants against a continually changing sky and the lush vegetation that were cast as reflections up on the surface of a large pond which was located behind my Paris home of 20 years,” Tyler said.

In Mason, Tyler is restoring a mid-twentieth century hill top ranch house. She is also creating a spacious light-filled studio with room for art classes. She says the light and the feel of the air remind her of her early years in Colorado.

Tyler painted in acrylics for many years, but for the last 10 years she has continued the family tradition of painting in oils. Drawing, primarily in graphite, watercolor, and/or ink, is the basic link between the different series of her paintings. The landscape of the hill country and Mason has expanded her subject matter form the close-up focus and intimacy of the Paris “Water’s Edge” paintings to include the distant horizon and the different patterns of light that fall across the hills.

Tyler received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting degrees from the University of North Texas in Denton. Her paintings and drawings have been in invitational, juried competitions and solo exhibitions throughout Texas and many other states, and are in many private, corporate, and educational collections. A list of her recent exhibitions and images of work may be seen online at cathietyler.net.

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