Wednesday, March 05, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Painting by Coweta Artist Martin Pate Wins National Prize

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258
March 5, 2008
Coweta Artist Martin Pate Honored by National Art Exhibit
Lonely Road Takes First Place at 6th Biennial NAE in Florida
     The Coweta arts scene had barely begun to celebrate the national prize won by Marc Stewart when it learned of ANOTHER such triumph:  Martin Pate's painting Lonely Road had just won first place at the 6th Biennial National Art Exhibition (NAE) held at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida.  His art work will remain on display there until March 14.  Information on the NAE and other activities of the Visual Arts Center is available on their website,  Info on Martin Pate and his art can be found on his website
     Pate is an active member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA), serving on its Board of Directors.  He was the speaker at last month's NCAA meeting.  The NCAA Newsletter provided this information about him and his art:
Martin Pate graduated from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida in 1981. His figurative works won acclaim in the Ringling and Sarasota area by such notables as Thornton Utz who declared a life drawing by Martin as the best work in the 1981 student show. His love of figurative works has led to many portrait commissions over the last 26 years by clients throughout the Southeast. Recent portraits of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges children hung prominently in the Columbia, SC mansion during his term. Martin's ability to paint people has also led to more than 15 years of commissions by the National Park Service.
Paintings of Native Americans, Civil War battles, The Battle of the Little Bighorn and many others have been used for educational purposes in books, posters and CD ROMs.
Local gallery affiliations include Panoply's Flint Gallery
in downtown Newnan and The Dogwood Gallery near
Tyrone, GA.
Martin lives with his wife in Newnan. He has a son majoring in computer animation at Ringling and a daughter majoring in architecture at Clemson University.

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