Redwood Curtain Theatre is pleased to present Barbara Caldwell’s watercolor paintings in the theatre gallery during the months of August and September. Caldwell works with watercolor. The pieces on display include landscape paintings of places throughout Humboldt County.
Caldwell previously served as the Executive Director for the American Red Cross in Humboldt County. When she retired a few years ago, she found herself at a crossroads in her life. She began exploring watercolors, and soon found an all-consuming passion that she has worked to embrace and train ever since. As Caldwell explains: “I hadn’t planned on taking up painting when I retired. But it didn’t take long to realize that this is what I’m meant to do.”
Caldwell, whose formal education includes a doctorate in Organizational Leadership, has studied with local artists including Joyce Jonte, Alan Sanborn, and Brent Evenson. She is a diligent student, painting every single day. “I’m a poster child for the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’” Caldwell says, “I’m in no way perfect at my art, but I’ve definitely seen my own personal progress over the three years I’ve been painting.” Her goal is to paint pictures that tell a story. She wants viewers to engage with her work – either imagining themselves into the scene or finding a story they can imagine going on within the piece.
Caldwell has tried other mediums, but always comes back to watercolor. “The way water makes the pigment move on the paper is absolutely magical to me.” The pieces that will be on display at Redwood Curtain include recent landscape paintings and some earlier works completed in the studio.
Caldwell’s paintings will be on display in the gallery at Redwood Curtain Theatre for the months of August and September, and through the theatrical production of Marjorie Prime. The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. For additional information about Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Barbara Caldwell’s art show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.