Peg Bothner: Maestro Moods
April 16th- May 22 at the TCAC Gallery
Artist Reception will be held by reservation from 1 – 5 p.m., Sun. April 25.
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Gallery hours are 12 - 6 p.m., Tues. to Fri., and 12 - 5 p.m., Sat.
The Tri-County Arts Council is honored to exhibit “Maestro Moods” watercolors, mixed-media, and charcoal sketches with an orchestral theme by celebrated Olean artist, Peg Bothner, from April 16 to May 22 at the TCAC Gallery, 110 W. State St., Olean.
Bothner’s charcoal sketches, watercolors and portraits of individuals, dancers, and musicians all abound with a lively joy and spontaneity, each revealing a unique and sophisticated style by an equally warm and lively artist.
Her art has hung in galleries and museums throughout Western New York including the Albright-Knox in Buffalo. She studied with watercolorist Robert Blair who was director of the Olean Art Association and Catherine Nelson of Alfred University. The Olean Art Association later became the Cattaraugus Arts Council and more recently has expanded to include Chautauqua and Allegany Counties as the Tri-County Arts Council.
Bothner first discovered her love for drawing at age10 when she took her first art class from a neighborhood artist in Hartford, CT.
“She would set up a still life for us each week in her living room,” she said, warmly recalling the eggplant and spotty bananas she first learned to paint.
After high school she studied with a Yale University professor from whom she developed skills in pastels and watercolors. Later, she attended the Woodstock of the Art Students League from New York City where her expertise in watercolors expanded.
“It was time well spent. Later, I simplified by going into black and white or charcoal,” she said.
She and her late husband, Dick, a biology professor at St. Bonaventure, moved to Olean in 1958 where they raised their four children.
Reflecting on her vibrant career as an artist, which has sustained her through many of life’s hurdles and challenges, Bothner admitted, “I don’t know what I would do without it.”