Local Artist Patti Mollema Creates Wonderful Images of Local Scenes
with Oil, Pastel and Acrylic.
Patti Mollema enjoys painting outdoors (en plein air) and especially
watches for the play of light and shadow as the focus of her
paintings. As a child and with the encouragement of her grandmother,
Patti enjoyed watching colors in Michigan landscapes and waterscapes
altered by sunlight, shadows, clouds, seasonal changes, and climate
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Now years later when she sees that play of light and shadow,
she wants to hold that moment a bit longer by translating what she
sees into the colors of oil paint.
“In recent years and after a full career of teaching, I began
studying the Colorist approach to painting that traces back to the
Cape Cod School and the students of Henry Hensche who learned to see
and use colors in a new way. I paint indoors and outdoors.
Painting outdoors, “en plein air,” is like a fast-moving
sport of fitting light and shadow puzzle pieces together before the
shifts and shadows change. For me, a big part of this learning is to
identify colors as I see them in any given light, then mix and use
paint quickly in changeable Michigan weather.”
Her work has been included in the new Plein Air Magazine
summer 2011 digital issue. She paints with the Plein Air Artists of
West Michigan and Six Women Painters. Patti is represented
seasonally by Good Goods in Saugatuck and Treeline Gallery in
Gallery Information for Artists
The gallery space at Arts Rockford is juried and open to all
Click here to download the Artist Exhibit form. Please fill it out, then scan and email back with digital images
of your work. Or print and mail with non-returnable printed
images of your work. Wall space is available for 2D artists.
Pedestals of varying sizes are available for 3D work.
There is no fee to exhibit at Arts Rockford, however there is a
sliding commission fee depending on your membership status.
All artists must be juried in by the Arts Rockford Exhibition
Committee and will be contacted regarding potential scheduling in
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