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February 12 - March 12, 2015





Valerie Andrews (Garthwait)


       Valerie Andrews (Garthwait), born in Hartford, Connecticut, graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.F.A. in painting and completed a fifth year in art at the University of Hartford. Her work, done in both watercolor and oil, falls within the realm of Impressionistic Landscape Painting.  She has earned membership in the Ct. Academy of Artists, belongs to the Old Lyme Art Association, the Glastonbury Art Guild and the Slater Museum. Ms. Andrews has exhibited in many juried and invitational shows across the state since 1978 and has won various awards; including fourth place in the 2009 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts juried show.

        Valerie grew up living in many different places, since her father was in the Air Force.  She grew to love the changing landscapes and gardens and always felt a special affinity to the earth and nature. She has lived in England, California, Florida and Massachusetts, as well as Connecticut and traveled extensively before returning to settle in Lebanon, her place of origin. She raised two children, Myriah Hinchey and Ethan Andrews. She taught high school art at Long Lane School and junior high art in Chicopee Massachusetts.  Before retiring she taught elementary art in the Plainfield public school system full time from 1972-2003 and part time  from 2006- 2011.  

       Most of her subject matter is taken from scenes in the town of Lebanon or the surrounding area. Many of the woodland, streams and flower scenes are from her backyard. Some of her works are also of scenes taken while traveling to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Spain. She occasionally does portraits, but landscapes are her favorite subject.

        Valerie Andrews resides in Lebanon on 60 acres that is primarily forest land. She has a small alpaca farm and continues to paint and exhibit her work.


  I love being outside and by painting become part of the landscape. I feel a reverence for nature, a personal almost spiritual connection. Trees, branches and leaves are a favorite subject of mine. Water intrigues and challenges me with its complexities of reflection, movement, and transparency, where forms are often seen below the surface as well as floating on the surface.  I like to capture the feelings of light and shadow on natural forms. Im often impatient when I paint and I cover the canvas with glazes of cool transparent shadows and contrast them with thick, opaque, light colors. Color and brush stroke excite me. I build the surface in a painterly manner so that the thickness of the paint is visible.  I strive to create a feeling of depth in the scenes I paint.  I want the viewer to experience the subject as if they were there, having their senses aroused and feeling my excitement and know that it is a painting expressing my interpretation and impression of what I see. Although I enjoy doing portraits, and have painted family, friends, and animals, landscape is my first love.



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