Laura Pollak is an award winning Fine Artist, showing her works in galleries and museums across the nation. Her works have been juried into National and International Shows. Recently, she has won acclaim in the very prestigious International Association of Pastel Societies and the Pastel Journal, Pastel 100 Shows.
Laura herself has been sought after to jury international shows and share her knowledge through teaching. Pollak is a Member of the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society [POPS], The Piedmont Pastel Society, The Southeastern Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, is the current President of the Pastel Society of North Carolina and an Associate member of The Pastel Society of America.
Her primary medium is Pastel and her works range from landscapes and garden scenes to playful abstracts. Laura also frames each pastel painting herself in her studio to give every piece of art its own unique presence.
Recent exhibitions include: The North Ridge Art Gala curated by the Director of the NC Museum of Art, The Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston Spring Show, The 2016 International Association of Pastel Societies Online Show, the UART International Pastel Show, The Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Show at the Ogelthorpe Museum in Atlanta, GA, The Pastel Society of the West Coast, The Pastel Society of North Carolina at Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro, the Richeson Online Show, the 2015 International UArt Online Show and 3 One Woman Show in Greensboro with 40 new paintings yearly.
“I can remember the greatest gift my parents gave me at the age of 4 was the Crayola Crayon set of 72 colors! I have been enthralled with color ever since. I’m fascinated with light and shadow patterns. Even the most mundane subject is glorious when truly examined and especially in sunlight. It is a joy to capture the beauty in this world and hold these fleeting moments in a painting. A refuge one can revisit again and again.”
Pollak holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Michigan State University with Post Graduate studies from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan. For most of her professional career Laura was an Art Director in some of the world’s largest Ad Agencies, and owned her own Ad Firm for almost 30 years. It has only been in the last 10 years however, that Laura has finally been able to pursue her passion; Painting.
Laura began her pastel education with the beloved Addren Doss and has continued her education with studies from some of the top artists in the field: Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Jen Evenhus, Lyn Asselta, Marla Bagetta, Susan Ogilvie,Terri Ford, Dawn Emerson, Karen Margulis, Kim Lordier, Teresa Saia and Debora Stewart.
Laura and her husband, Jeff and two boys are avid scuba divers and bicyclists. They travel the world adding to her appreciation of nature’s beauty and inspiration for future paintings.
Pollak’s paintings are in collections around the country and can be purchased through galleries, online through her website and at her studio by appointment.
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