Friday, September 4, 2009

9-year-old presents new art exhibition

Charlotte Woodham will display 30 new pieces in Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

Photo by Caroline Woodham Nine-year old artist Charlotte Woodham will have a show at the Coffee Grinder in Ketchum this evening during Gallery Walk. “Lu Limea” by Charlotte Woodham. Wood panel with acrylic paint, photo and beads at the Coffee Grinder. “Aboriginal” by Charlotte Woodham. Wood panel with encaustic and acrylic painting on watercolor paper at the Coffee Grinder. “546” by Charlotte Woodham. Wood panel with encaustic at the Coffee Grinder. “Flamingo” by Charlotte Woodham. Canvas with acrylic and computer printout of bird at the Coffee Grinder.

Charlotte Woodham is a 9-year-old artist who attends the Pioneer Montessori School in Ketchum. She will be entering fourth grade when school starts next week. Charlotte has spent her summer doing what she loves—creating art. She will be exhibiting 30 new pieces at the Coffee Grinder in Ketchum during this evening's Gallery Walk, from 5-8 p.m.

"I asked Charlotte what inspires her," said Charlotte's mother, Caroline Woodham. "She said it's going to galleries. But she really gets excited when she sees all the colors from the paints, craypass and encaustic materials brought out for her to create."

Caroline is a professional photographer and said that though she went to art and photography school, she never had the seamless creativity of her daughter. She said Charlotte is a natural artist and the art process is easy for her. Charlotte's show has an array of mixed media work, including photography, encaustic, acrylic, oil paint, craypass and glue.

"She is an expressionist," Caroline said. "This is her third show. Her first two shows sold out."

Charlotte's work is priced between $11 and $32. Charlotte comes up with the prices with her mother's encouragement. In the past she has given donations to her school, but now that Charlotte's older, she is using her profits to go shopping and has bought her first skateboard.

Charlotte's show will be at the Coffee Grinder for two weeks.

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