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 Sallie Ellington Middleton  (1926 - )

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Lived/Active: North Carolina/District Of Columbia      Known for: wildlife, illustrator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From Scott Griffin (associate):

When Sallie Ellington Middleton was a child, her father walked with her through the woods of Chunn's Cove, North Carolina, telling her stories of fairies, elves and leprechauns who lived under leaves or at the roots of a tree.

His stories were full of folk lore but also of real information about the woods and its creatures, and in looking for elves, his daughter discovered the rich tapestry of life in the forests.

Her father was the late Kenneth Ellington, and remembering their walks through the woods, his daughter says, "My father was very imaginative, an authority on fairies and elves. He believed in the old tales and would tell them to us when we walked through the woods, pointing out the pine trees and the creatures, and as a child, in looking for imaginary creatures, we would see more than others."

What she learned on those walks with her father provided the impetus for her adult career nature painting. She also had an art teacher and critic right at home, her uncle, the late Douglas Ellington, architect and water colorist.

Besides having produced a prolific number of paintings, Sallie Ellington Middleton has illustrated three books. She is, herself, the subject of a biography by Celestine Sibley, The Magical Realm of Sallie Middleton, in which her paintings are illustrated. Her work was accepted for the article on watercolor in "American Artist Magazine", and has been used extensively on the covers and in articles in N.C. Wildlife magazine.

Sallie Middleton paintings hang in private collections across the United States, in the Gibbes Art Gallery (Charleston, S.C.), Magnolia Gardens (Charleston, SC), and the Harry Dalton Collection in the Mint Museum (Charlotte, N.C.).

The print of the Wood ducks won first place in many shows, including a international competition
Asheville Art Museum, 16th annual Art-in-the-Park Show, first honors in watercolor, 1969
Coastal Carolina Fair, 2nd place in watercolor
Springs Mills Art Contest, honorable mention, 1963
Guild of S.C. Artists, honorable mention, 1961
Society of the Four Arts * Palm Beach Florida * 1958

Rice Museum, Georgetown, S.C., August 1978
Hinchman House, natural science museum, Nantucket Island, Mass
Sumter Gallery of Art: Sumter, S.C., 1974
L.Nelson Bell Library, Montreat Anderson College, 1975
The Gallery, Spartanburg Co. Art Association, 1971
Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C., 1971
Vail House Gallery, Morganton, N.C.
Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, N.C.
Chosen by the federal government to exhibit at the World's Fair, 1975
Greenville Co. Museum of Art, 1977

Southern Exhibition from Hammer Galleries, N.Y.C., 50th anniversary
Museum of Natural History, NC Wildlife Group Show, 1969
Art Gallery of the Supplementary Educational Center, Salisbury, 1971
Watercolor USA, Springfield, Missouri
Asheville Art Museum, 1975
Hunter Gallery, Chattanooga, Tenn., 3rd annual, 1962
Rowan Art Guild, Salisbury, N.C.
U.S. Pavilion, Expo '74
Charlotte Artist Guild
Society of the Four Arts, national exhibition in Palm Beach, Florida, 1958

Former President Gerald Ford owns two prints
Historic Charleston Foundation, composite of Charleston landmarks sold to raise money for restoration of downtown Charleston
Southern Living Magazine, 1973
Carolina Lifestyle Magazine, 1982
Many Private Collectors

Gibbes Art Gallery
Mint Museum, from the private collection of Harry Dalton

"Defenders Magazine", published by Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, DC * December 1977 and February 1978, color representations

"American Artist Magazine, summer 1969, Article, one color representation, several black and white representations

"North Carolina Wildlife Magazine", March 1970, color representation on the cover

"North Carolina Wildlife Magazine", August 1970, Article, color representation on the cover

"North Carolina Wildlife Magazine", September 1971, color representation on the cover

"North Carolina Wildlife Magazine", March 1971, color representation on the cover

"North Carolina Wildlife Magazine", August 1977, Article, color representation on the cover

"North Carolina Wildlife Magazine", November 1982, Article, color representation on the cover

"The State Magazine", 1978, color representations on the cover and an insert

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