Old Stone Inn Showcase

Kentucky sisters to showcase work
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McDaniel, Tallman to display their
watercolors at show in Simpsonville

Staff Report

SIMPSONVILLE, KY. (April 2005) – Acclaimed watercolorists Gail McDaniel and Pam Tallman, Kentucky sisters who have painted together in Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, and the world famous Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, will showcase their works during a special visual arts exhibition in the Louisville area from March 25 through April 23.

Gail McDaniel's "Swan Song"

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“Swan Song” painting by Gail McDaniel

The Sister-Sister Act! showing, which will occur at the Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville, Ky., will include the artists’ original watercolor paintings and Giclee fine art reproductions. The exhibition opened with a reception on March 25.
The exhibition, which is being coordinated by About Art Gallery in Louisville, also will showcase original quilts by nationally known art quilter Juanita Yeagar of Louisville. Her art-quilts series is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society.
McDaniel and Tallman, who grew up in Cave City, Ky., and graduated from Caverna High School, are traditional watercolorists who are best known for their vibrant use of colors when depicting images from nature and real life.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to my home state to team up with my talented sister, Pam, for this exciting showing of original watercolor paintings,” said McDaniel, who lives and paints in Franklin, Tenn. “I’ve watched my sister develop into one of Kentucky’s most promising watercolorists. Attendees will be able to view a wide range of paintings and Giclee fine art reproductions depicting outdoor scenes, animals and people.”
A nationally respected artist and instructor, McDaniel teaches a number of watercolor painting classes and workshops in Tennessee and across the nation. She also serves as an associate member of the Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network in London, England. Her reputation as a budding artist grew in 1984 when she was commissioned to paint a family landmark for Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.
Tallman, who lives in Crestwood, Ky., has studied under McDaniel for several years. A professional painter for three years, she is on the board of the Oldham County Arts Association. Recently, she was commissioned to brush a watercolor painting for the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee in Clarksville.
“Although Gail doesn’t like to admit it, she’s been a wonderful mentor to me,” said Tallman, who has attended McDaniel’s classes and workshops in Tennessee, New Mexico, and France. “Not surprisingly, our painting styles are a bit different. My work can best be described as ‘smushy’ or impressionistic. For me, the beauty of watercolor is the seductive, translucent glow and watching the interplay of colors as they mix on the paper to create wonderful surprises.”
McDaniel and Tallman painted together in the Provence of France during the summer of 2003 and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, in September 2004. Both artists have patron collectors in Kentucky.

Pam Tallman's "Walk in the Paddock"

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“Walk in the Paddock” by Pam Tallman.

McDaniel gained international notoriety in 2001 when she was named an associate member of the Windsor & Newton Creative Artist Network and invited by directors of the Art in Provence program to conduct an eight-day watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. The artist has studied under 27 noted watercolorists.
She has been commissioned to paint for collectors across the United States and in Europe. The Brentwood (Tenn.) Public Library hosted her first Tennessee solo art exhibition in 1994. In 1996 and 1997, she was invited to design the theme poster for the Nashville Symphony’s Italian Street Fair. In 1998, she was commissioned to paint 18 watercolor paintings for a permanent collection at the newly opened Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, Tenn. A year later, she was commissioned to paint 13 pieces for the annual Nashville Scene N-Focus social calendar. She became a member of the faculty of the Cheekwood in 2000, teaching weekly art classes.
In 2001, she traveled to Giverny, France, and painted in Monet’s Garden. The same year, she was commissioned to paint a promotional streetscape of four homes for Newmark Homes and five other paintings for the Nashville Home Builders Association-SunTrust Bank 2001 Parade of Homes. In February 2002, she painted the theme poster and invitation cover for The Emperor’s Ball, an annual fund raiser by the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Future teaching engagements include workshops in Albuquerque, New Mexico (April 3-8) and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico (April-May 2006).

• For more information on the exhibit, call the gallery at (502) 244-4848. The artists are members of the Kentucky Watercolor Society. To see their works, visit: www.gailmcdanielart.com and www.aboutartgallery.com.

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