Kathleen Elsey


May, 2005
Kathleen Elsey Wins "Best of Oil or Acrylic" at Carmel's 2005 International Plein Air Competition

Santa Barbara, California May 18, 2005--Kathleen Elsey was one of 90 artists from the US and Canada to be juried in to the prestigious Carmel Art Festival from May 12 – 15. Her painting “The Nursery in the Valley” won a purple ribbon for “Best Oil or Acrylic” painting. The competition took place on May 12 in which artists were to complete a painting during that day, frame it and submit it to the jury before 8:00 pm.

“I’m not into speed or quantity when it comes to painting” says Ms. Elsey. “Usually a plein air competition allows several days to paint any number of scenes you chose. But with the Carmel Festival, it’s all about your performance in one big day. I was fortunate that I had a good day and found a bit of paradise in this old nursery while I was wandering the back roads of Carmel Valley. I love painting old sheds and confusing messed up scenes. This nursery touched my heart.”

Kathleen lives with her husband, Victor and her dog, Lulu in Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Elsey is represented by Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, Nancy Dodds Gallery in Carmel, Gallery Oscar in Ketchum, Idaho, and William Lester Gallery in Pte. Reyes Station, Ca.

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