1-2-3 Art Our Way
It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Inner Artist
May 1 – 30
This month’s exhibit at the Artist League of the Sandhills, features the work of three local artists who developed their artistic talents relatively late in life. Until they were in their fifties, these artists’ lives were filled with families, careers, and other activities, but once life slowed down a bit, they found the time to pursue their love of art. The works of Adele Buytenhuys, Catherine Church, and Victoria Haidet will be on display during the month of May. As the title of the exhibit suggests, each of the artists brings her own style and approach to her art and this should make for a diverse exhibit that will offer something for everyone to enjoy.
Adele Buytenhuys moved to the United States from South Africa in 1986 with her husband and three sons. Adele now lives in Foxfire Village, but her journey to the Sandhills was an adventure that started in Maryland and took the Buytenhuys family through California twice, Texas twice, and The Netherlands. Adele has worked with four very talented teachers and moved from acrylics, colored pencil, and water based oils to finally focusing on oil. Adele has come to love the Sandhills and being a member of the Artists League has been a wonderful learning experience. She is in her second year as a League board member and is this year’s League president. Her family includes five horses and four dogs and her love of animals has naturally led her to focus on capturing their personalities in her paintings. At the 2014 June show at the Artists League, Adele was awarded an Honorable Mention for her painting, “At the Barre”.
North Carolina native, Catherine Church, moved to Pinehurst after retiring from a 30 year career in school counseling, university admissions and financial aid administration. Having never painted before her mid fifties, she became interested in taking occasional art classes and quickly realized this was becoming a true passion. Encouraged by other artists, she joined the Artists League and began studying art more vigorously through the League’s ongoing classes. At the League she has served on the Board, been Volunteer Coordinator and currently serves as the Sunshine Representative. Painting portraits of children and adults as they go about their daily lives is her favorite work as an artist. For the May show, her selections will be diverse as she will have paintings of people of various ages and ethnicity depicted in activities of work and play. Past awards for her work include Honorable Mention for a portrait of her granddaughter entered in the Waterway Art Association 2010 annual show in Brunswick County, and First Place in Oil at the 2014 Artists League of the Sandhills June show. Catherine has studied portrait painting from a number of well-known instructors.
Victoria took an introductory class in alcohol ink in early 2014 and discovered a love of art that was unexpected. After spending some time experimenting with the medium she enrolled in additional classes to learn more advanced techniques. After the additional classes, she joined the Artists League and participated in the League’s fall show. Victoria was fully “hooked” when she sold several paintings in the show and now serves the League as the Publicity Chairman and Board member. Victoria Haidet moved from northwest Ohio to Foxfire Village with her husband and son in 2012. They settled in this area to enjoy the wonderful weather, golf, and a sky dark enough to facilitate her husband’s astronomy hobby. She retired last June from a career in information systems and marketing research. In addition to the Artists League, she’s very active with the Foxfire Ladies Golf Association, the Sandhills Buckeye Club, and making therapy dog visits.