Miniature Paintings by Reno Artist Mary Chadwell Print

February 27, 2009

On Display at the Legislative Building Through March 13, 2009

Carson City, Nevada. The paintings of Reno artist Mary Chadwell will be on display in the halls of state government February 23 – March 13, 2009 as part of the Legislative eXhibition Series sponsored by the Nevada Arts Council.

Painting by Mary ChadwellThe space featuring the LXS – Legislative eXhibition artwork is located by the elevators on the main floor of the Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street, open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chadwell's distinctive miniature paintings have been featured in countless exhibits in Nevada and across the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution. Her skills as a miniaturist – resilient eyesight, dexterity and patience – are reflected in landscapes including locales ranging from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake to Lamoille Canyon, and in portrait studies of Nevada characters.                                                   Mary Chadwell, Antelope, opaque watercolor, 2008

Describing her work, Chadwell says, “It is a challenge to depict a vast landscape, preferably Nevada, in a 4” x 5” area. It is fascinating how much detail can be shown. Portraiture remains my favorite genre. Oil and opaque watercolor are my favorite mediums.”

Born in 1914, Chadwell grew up in Utah. Her father was employed with the railroad until the family moved to Gerlach, Nevada in 1933 after her high school graduation. Chadwell began studying painting seriously in 1963, first with Dr. Raymond Brose (San Jose State College) and later with Jim McCormick (University of Nevada, Reno). Chadwell continued to sharpen her skills in workshops conducted by California artists Richard Yip (1919-1981), George Post (1906-1997) and Dong Kingman (1911-2000). She was recognized in 1995 when her delicate oil on ivory portrait titled "Everen" (a mere 3 3/8" x 2 3/8") won Best of Show out of 740 entries in the 1995 Miniature Art Society of Florida national exhibition.

The Nevada Arts Council was founded in 1967 as a state agency charged with developing and promoting the arts in Nevada. Statewide programs include Artist Services, Arts in Education, Community Arts Development, Folklife Program, and Grants. The Arts Council supports the work of Nevada artists, arts organizations and institutions and is funded by the Nevada State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and other public and private sources.
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February 27, 2009
Contact: Fran Morrow 775-687-7106
Teresa Moioa 775-687-8323