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July 3, 2014

Local artist featured in museum exhibit

Woodward, Okla. — A combination of talent, passion and creativity make up the upcoming exhibit of one local artist.

The Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum will display the works of Susan Frech-Sims from July 5-26.

 A reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 where visitors may stop to talk to Sims about her work and discuss the new styles of her recent pieces, according to museum Director Robert Roberson.

This will be the first time for Sims to hold an exhibit at the local museum. Some of the pieces displayed will be for sale.

Impressionistic realism is the style of artwork that will be displayed.

“Her works are kind of fantasy but based on reality,” Roberson said. “She has a variety of portraits, statues and landscapes.”

“I have termed my style as ‘Impressionistic Realism’,” Sims said. “I have elements of both in my paintings so it isn't typically just one or the other. My animals tend to be realistic.”

Roberson said he has known Sims for a while.

“I’ve always wanted to have a show for her, but she’s never had enough pieces to complete an entire exhibit,” Roberson said. “But, as the years have gone by she’s gotten more [pieces]. I just think she’s wonderful and want to share her work with the community.”

Sims is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She found her passion for art from watching her grandparents and father who all painted.

Her favorite subjects to paint are animals.

“The pieces displayed at the museum are an eclectic work in subject matter and mediums,” Sims said. “It has acrylic wash garden and Tuscan scenes, watercolor animals, a few dry brushed oil on watercolor paper and regular oils.”

Before this upcoming exhibit Sims’ artwork has been displayed at The Fifth Sister Art Gallery in Waynoka, a painting permanently displayed online at the Middle Tennessee State University, in private collections and at her studio/gallery on Woodward's Main Street.

Sims gives lessons at her studio to all ages from children to adults. Her adult students usually have some form of art in their background, but that is not a prerequisite for lessons, according to Sims.

She also does commission work for those who want her to paint something specific. She said most have been pet portraits but she has also done a castle/vineyard scene in oil and some children’s portraits. She recently took an oil portrait workshop taught by Mark Carder, who painted both President Bush’s portraits. Carder posted her portrait on his blog

Portraits start at $300 and go up in size, complexity and supplies. She can take the photo herself or work with older photos.

“The better the photo is the better I can capture it,” Sims said. “I can't make up what I can't see especially if the person, place or pet is gone.””

Along with her recent portrait studies, she also has been using metallic acrylic paints with regular acrylics to create an atmospheric quality.

“I paint the background first in an abstract way and then after studying the patterns I decide what image should start to emerge from the background,” Sims said. “But the background still shows through the subject.”

For more information on the exhibit call the museum at (580) 256-6136 or call Sims gallery at (580) 334-2115.


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