The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception at the Karpeles Museum on Sunday. September 15, from 12 to 3 p.m.
Philippine-born artist Estrellita De Couto depicts a wide range of subject matter in her skillfully executed oil paintings. Her dynamic work in vivid, bold colors reveals a thorough mastery of perspective and a keen eye for dynamic presentation, and the control and precision revealed in her representational art reflects a thorough grasp of the principles of visual composition.
Ms. De Couto hold a degree in education from the University of Santo Tomás in Manila and taught English and history at the Colegio de Santa Rosa for a number of years in that city before coming to the United States. She has studied at several art schools in this country and has traveled widely throughout the world. Captivated by subjects in nature, history, and her own domestic and spiritual life, she has chosen material from every realm of her personal experience. Her striking canvases hold local landscapes and scenes from the many countries she has visited (a Bermuda seascape, a Spanish matador, etc.), religious figures (the Holy Family, Madonna and Child, etc.), dramatic world history (the Titanic, etc.), and her patriotic sentiments (the American eagle), as well as serene domestic still lifes and portraits of elegant floral arrangements (the artist is also a trained and certified professional florist.)
Widely exhibited in juried art shows in the Hudson Valley, Ms. De Couto’s dynamic canvases are in many private and public collections in the region and internationally. Several of her paintings are on permanent display in Town Hall of the Town of Shawangunk.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 94 Broadway, across from City Hall. Admission is always FREE.