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Art league hears from colored pencil artist

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Colored pencil artist Kimberly Mullarkey will speak and demonstrate her art at the Aug. 1 meeting of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League.

Tonight’s meeting of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League will focus on colored pencil drawing. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, North Fourth and Locust streets, and will feature a presentation and demonstration by colored pencil artist Kimberley Mullarkey.

Mullarkey has been working with colored pencils and oil painting since 1986. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking and drawing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing at Northern Illinois University. She also studied art abroad in Monflanquin, France.

Mullarkey’s work has been exhibited throughout the Fox Valley, nationwide and abroad. She teaches part time at the College of DuPage, Waubonsee Community College and the Morton Arboretum, and she has led art trips abroad.

Mullarkey is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her achievements include Awards of Distinction in Best of Colored Pencil 4 (1997) and 5 (1999). She has won honors at international competitions, and she has been selected for artist-in-residence at Isle Royale National Park, Mich.

In her presentation for KVAL, Mullarkey will discuss her work in general and show images of her art. She will explain how she uses symbols in her work. Then she will give a colored pencil demonstration that will show her techniques in layering and blending. She also will show different methods of color lifting.

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