Art and creativity have always played a big part in the life of Mary Sue Palmquist, Sutter Creek Gallery’s featured artist for February. She majored in art at Midwest colleges with concentrations in watercolor, printmaking and graphics (pre-computer age), attaining a BA in Art in 1982.
Life, however, as it often does, took her in other directions. For twenty years, she worked in the performing arts sector as manager of a historic movie theatre (Midway Theatre in Rockford, Illinois) and then as business manager for the Mendelssohn Performing Arts. During this time, Palmquist kept her creativity alive by studying calligraphy and Chinese brush painting. Her artistic journey led her to studying art therapy in Milwaukee and eventually working as an after-school arts teacher for the Rockford Area Arts Council.
In 2005, Palmquist moved to Lake Camanche where she’s been inspired by the beauty, history and uniqueness of the Gold Country. She started painting again, most recently studying with Sabina Turner of Fiddletown. “The medium of watercolor, with its translucency and immediacy gives me a feeling of a mystery in the making,” Palmquist reflected. A fascination with sea life and ancient creatures that inhabit the ocean has led to a series of paintings depicting jellyfish, octopuses, shells and other sea beings. “Watercolor is the perfect medium to reveal the movement of these creatures. I find it exciting to see how each image takes on a life of its own. My intent is to impart a sense of wonder and joy through my paintings.”
Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to visit with Mary Sue Palmquist at the reception in her honor on Saturday, February 3, beginning at 2 p.m. She is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. The gallery is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email firstname.lastname@example.org