Cheryl Hufnagel pastel exhibit on display at the MLT Library

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"Going to Paradise" by Cheryl Hufnagel
“Going to Paradise” by Cheryl Hufnagel

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Cheryl Hufnagel pastel exhibit for the month of September at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West.

Hufnagel’s love of art began in early childhood. She sat for hours, drawing, painting and making greeting cards. She enjoyed her K – 12th grade art classes. At Shoreline Community College, Hufnagel continued her art education by studying drawing, two-dimensional design and art history. In 1993, she discovered pastelist Doug Dawson’s book, Capturing Light and Color with Pastel. She began experimenting with pastels and grew to enjoy the medium. Since then, Hufnagel has worked almost exclusively in pastels and has studied with several notable pastelists including Dorisjean Colvin, PSA; Susan Ogilvie, PSA; Clark Elster, NPS-DP; Ned Mueller, NPS-DP; Teresa Saia; Janet Hamilton, Elizabeth Mowry, PSA and Patty Forte Linna.

A signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society and member of ArtistsConnect of Edmonds, Hufnagel is represented by Tsuga Fine Art in Bothell, The Papery in Edmonds, The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park and Anabel’s Framing & Gallery in Everett. Her paintings are in many private collections in the United States and abroad.

“Art and creativity have been a part of my life since I was very young,” Hufnagel said. “I strive to be the best artist I can be, inspired by the Master Artist’s handiwork. Color, light and shadow fill nearly all of my paintings. Each painting is a learning experience, and I have come to appreciate the creative process as well as the outcome of my efforts. I look beyond reality and add more color or drama to my subject matter in an effort to convey my emotional response to it.”

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission oversees the library exhibits as part of its mission to promote cultural events in the community.

The show runs through September 30 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

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