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Karen Winters among artists returning for Art 2023

With Art 2023 Tehachapi fast approaching, the 47 artists who spent May 11-14 beginning their paintings in Tehachapi, have been completing their work and submitting them to be juried into the nationally recognized art show. The big event takes place in Tehachapi from July 21-23 at the Aspen Builders Community Center located at 410 W. D Street.

This is the third year in a row for Art 2023 Tehachapi, which is sponsored by the Tehachapi Arts Commission and supported by American Art Collector and Western Art Collector magazines.

California native Karen Winters will be one of the artists returning to participate in the Art 2023 show. Winters received her Bachelor's Degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a minor in Art History followed by a Master's Degree in Journalism, both from UCLA. This lead to an award-winning career in advertising and documentary film. She has also won an Emmy for her work in broadcast news. Winters said that over the years she has always carried a sketchbook, recording archeological digs, the movements of killer whales or the dances of Tibetan monks. She has also authored instructional books on advertising and Photoshop.

Winters is now a full time artist and likes to paint on location throughout California and the western states. She paints daily and if she is not outdoors, she paints in her studio. Winters states that in her art, she has borrowed from the best of realism and impressionism, citing the influences of the early California impressionists. It is her goal to inspire deep feelings within the observer. Her work has been exhibited at the Autry National Center of the American West, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, at art museums in San Luis Obispo, Santa Paula, Riverside and Long Beach and at the Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery. Her works are also included in the collection of The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.

"My work is inspired by the natural world, whether the medium I choose is watercolor, oil, acrylic or pastel. I am most interested in capturing the quality of light as it defines a landscape, a still life or floral portrait."

Winters is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and is affiliated with the American Impressionist Society and the Pasadena Society of Artists. She has been winning awards at exhibitions with her paintings since 2007 and has been published in Western Art Collector (Plein Air Tehachapi article 2021); The Everett House (2021); feature article California Fly Fisherman September 2019; cover painting "Incoming Tide" Dana Point Magazine, Summer 2008; feature article, Newport Living Magazine, Winter 2008.

The VIP opening event and award ceremony for Art 2023 will be held on Friday evening, July 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to stroll the aisles of paintings, meet the artists and perhaps purchase one of the paintings while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, open bars and wine supplied by Dorner Family Vineyard. During the evening, awards will be presented for the Best of Show, Best Landscape, Best Urban Painting and Best Still Life. Among other returning artists is the winner of last year's Best of Show award Charles Muench and Junn Roca who is the Featured Artist of Art 2023 Tehachapi.

Tickets for this event are $125 and are available only on http://www.Eventbrite.com. Advance purchase only. One hundred percent of the ticket proceeds from this event will go to the casting of a life-size bronze sculpture of a young girl skateboarder to be placed at the headquarters of Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District. Tickets will be available on http://www.Eventbrite.com until July 15 while supplies last, so don't wait until the last minute to purchase.