Barbara Zuehlke is gallery’s featured artist for April

CHESTERTOWN — On First Friday, April 5, and throughout the month, The Artists’ Gallery will feature new work by Barbara Zuehlke.

After having worked in a variety of two-dimensional mediums, Zuehlke now works primarily in watercolor.

As a triad painter, she works in three pigments: red, blue and yellow.

According to a news release, Zuehlke’s favorite triads are the primary triad (Winsor red, Winsor blue red shade and Winsor yellow); the delicate triad (permanent rose, cobalt blue and Winsor lemon); and the autumn triad (brown madder, indigo and quinacridone gold).

All of the colors in each painting are mixed from the three pigments.

Historic oil painters painted in this manner. With oil as a medium, one adds white as well. It gives a cohesiveness to the work and is an exciting and fun way to paint.

Zuehlke’s show, titled “Triad Magic,” is a collection of local images that surround us, created totally by triads.

“It is the artist’s love of the marshland, the waterfowl, the turtles, and the water — so much of what we love on the Eastern Shore,” the news release states.

An award-winning artist, Zuehlke grew up in Grosse Point, Michigan.

She has been a resident of Talbot County since 1982.

After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphics and painting, she did commercial studio design work for the J.L. Hudson Co. in Detroit, Michigan.

She also created display design work for John Wanamaker’s downtown Philadelphia store.

After moving to the Eastern Shore, she became active in the art community as a member and officer of the Working Artists Forum in Easton where she is a past president.

Zuehlke is a partner of The Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown, a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and teaches intermediate watercolor at Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge.

The Artists’ Gallery invites the public to their opening reception for Zuehlke from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on First Friday, April 5 for light refreshments and to meet the artist.

The Artists’ Gallery is located at 239 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, visit or call the gallery at 410-778-2425.

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