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Lived/Active: Texas/Oklahoma      Known for: mixed media, collage, abstraction

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from the artist:
Name: Cheryl Darlene McClure. Maiden name, Bedwell
Birth & Place: Born August 28, 1945, Hugo Oklahoma
Studio: Longview, Texas

Known for paintings and collage

Abstract and non-objective

Acrylic, mixed media, collage

Publications:
Watercolor Magic, Autumn, 1999, Nita Leland article: "Special Report on Color",
page 65 with color image
International Artist Magazine, August September issue #20, 2001, USA
Showcase of Master Painters, page 24 with color image

Biography:

As a child, like most artists, I was always interested in learning to make beautiful art. However, as the old saying goes, "life got in the way". I married a wonderful man right out of high school and promptly had three children. I then devoted all my time to our family and household. In 1986, when my children were all either in college or high school, I then decided it was my time to begin this wonderful challenge of learning to paint.

I enrolled in art classes, subscribed to art magazines, bought books, entered exhibits, visited galleries and museums and took workshops and seminars on any and everything art related. I also met other artists through volunteer work with art organizations and later by working in the local art museum. I benefited so much doing all this and know that however long I live, I'll never have enough time to learn all I would like. Given a choice, I don't think artists ever retire...I hope not to anyway.

After about five years of trying every medium in the two-dimensional fine arts, I settled on abstraction as a primary mode of expression. Currently, acrylic and mixed media collages are the media of choice. I don't expect these choices to remain static since to do so would stagnant my work. Exploration and the creative processes are so important and I expect to continue this roller coaster journey I began so long ago as long as possible.

Along the way, I taught myself how to use the computer. I learned to design my own web site and I've met so many interesting, wonderful people from all over the world through my use of the internet and networking. I believe the Internet is an important venue for artists. How else could someone from a small town in northeast Texas, USA have ever been able to meet and exhibit with other artists from all over the world?

Exhibitions & Awards:

2001
Watercolor Without Boundaries, Irving Art Center, Irving, TX and Villa
Pomini, Milan, Italy (invitational juried exhibit sponsored by Southwestern
Watercolor Society and Northern Italian Watercolor Society), juror, Marcie
Inman, Director,
Images Within, Art Merge Gallery, Dallas, TX (four person-show) Irving Art Center
National Association of Women Artist Exhibit, Jemison-Carnegie Museum,
Talladega, AL
Mississippi Art Colony Traveling Show, Hugh Williams Purchase Award

2000
National Association of Women Artist's 111th Annual Exhibit, New York, NY
Southwestern Watercolor Society's Signature Awards Exhibit, Plano,TX
Texas Visual Art Association Citation Show, Dallas, TX, Paul Harris, juror

1999
National Association of Women Artist's 110th Annual Exhibit, New York, NY
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 24th Annual Exhibit, San Diego,
CA, juror, Timothy J. Clark
Mississippi Art Colony Spring Traveling Show, juror, Jake Wagnon, Auburn
University
Mississippi Art Colony Fall Traveling Show, juror, Larry Jens Anderson,
Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
Southwestern Watercolor Society's 36th Annual Membership Exhibit, Dallas,
TX, juror, Mary Todd Beam
Texas Visual Arts Association Citation Show '99, juror, Maria Teresa
Garcia-Pedroche, Dallas, TX

1998
Mississippi Art Colony 50th Anniversary Traveling Show, juror, Jere Allen,
University of Mississippi
National Watercolor Oklahoma, 24th Annual Exhibition, Kirkpatrick Galleries,
Oklahoma City, OK; juror, Louise Cadillac AWS
Texas Visual Arts Association '98 Open Regional Exhibit, Plano TX,
juror, Karl Umlauf, Baylor University
Southwestern Watercolor Society 35th Annual Membership Exhibit, Dallas, TX;
juror, Carole Katchen
Texas Visual Art Association Citation Show '98, juror, Al Brouillette,
Dallas, TX

1997
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 22nd Annual Juried Show, Tucson
Art Museum, Tucson, AZ; juror, Jim Kosvanec NWS, KWS
San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 1997, San Diego, CA;
juror, Edward Betts, NA, AWS
Richardson Civic Art Society 31st Annual Regional Juried Art Show; juror,
Rob Erdle, Associate Professor, North Texas State University, Denton, TX
*Twenty-three Recent Paintings, Artists' Loft Gallery, Galveston Texas

1996
*..Interpretations. Observed and Imagined, Upper Level Artist's Gallery,
Longview, TX
Southwestern Watercolor Society 33rd Annual Exhibition, Dallas Visual Art
Center, Dallas,TX; juror, Frank Webb AWS, American Artist Magazine/HK
Holbein Award
Multi-Media Invitational, Gallery One Eleven, Tyler, TX

1995
Celebrational, Longview Art Museum, Longview, TX; curator, M. Shannon
Gilliland
Multi-Media Juried Art Show, Cooperative of Women Artists, Huntsville, TX;
juror, Deborah N. Ainslie-Ellington, Art Dept. Chair, North Harris College

1994 & 1996
Watercolor East Texas 10th and 12th Annual Exhibits, Stephen F. Austin State
University Gallery; juror,'96, Frank Herbert, Kilgore College Art Dept.
Chair, Kilgore, TX, Honorable Mention in both exhibits

1994
*More Paintings, Upper Level Artist's Gallery, Longview, TX

1993 & 1997

The Creative Woman, National League of American Pen Women-Dallas
Branch annual exhibition, 2nd place awards in both exhibits

1993
*Abstractions, Upper Level Artist's Gallery, Longview, TX

1991
*Paintings, Upper Level Artist's Gallery, Longview, TX

1989-98

East Texas Fine Arts Association Citation Shows, Longview Art Museum,
Longview, TX, Honorable Mention, 1989; juror, Phillip Collins, Dallas Museum
of Art, Dallas, TX; Merit Award, 1991; juror, Phoebe Allen, Professor, School of Art, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA; Merit Award 1994; juror, Don Wink, Art Dept. Chair, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; Citation Award, 1997, juror, Jerry V. Seagle SWS; 1998 Citation Award, juror, Robert Kinsell, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

*solo exhibits


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