Artist Kathe Drake

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Kathe Drake is an award winning pastel and oil painter.  Like many artists, she has been creating art since childhood.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a minor in art and furthered her studies at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art, where she went on to teach pastel painting.  She has also taken a number of workshops from well known artists at the Scottsdale Artists' School.
Most of Kathe's work is created directly from life.  She is particularly drawn to feminine subjects - women and their clothing as well as to flowers, fruits and vegetables.  Even common place objects gain significance when carefully viewed and incorporated into her still lifes. She says "because the visual world is so rich with possibilities, I find there are endless variation to capture in all that I see." 
Many of her works are pastels, which are pure pigment held together with a binder in stick form for ease of handling.  Pastels come in a wide range of color and value (and are not all light in value as is sometimes thought). Her work evidences the full range of value and rich color that is possible with pastels.  Pastels are rich and luminous as well as immediate in handling which makes them an exciting medium to use.
2008-2020, Scottsdale Artists' School
1998-2002, Minnesota River School of Fine Art
1970, BA, University of Minnesota (studio art minor)
2002-2005, Faculty, Minnesota River School of Fine Art (now closed)
Lake Country Pastel Society, 2019-2020, 2000-2008, President, 2005-2006
2019, Zeller Gallery, Hopkins, Minnesota
2007, House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St Paul, Minnesota
2004, Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2020, Pastel Society of New Mexico, online
2020, Pastel Society of the West Coast, online
2020, Pastel Society of Southeast Texas, online
2020, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, online
2020, 2005, 2002, 1971, Minnesota State Fair, St Paul, [...]

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