TRINIDAD — Beginning Thursday, March 8, the President’s Office Art Show at Trinidad State will feature the paintings of Trinidad Artist Karen Howl. Howl produces handmade furniture and paintings from her shop in the historic North Garcia School House. Her paintings reflect the lifestyle of the farming and mountain communities around southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Her subjects include farm scenes, animals and Native Americans.
Howl took a couple of night art classes when she was 12 and has continued developing her own style since then. She has lived in Oklahoma, California for six years, and since 2006, in Trinidad. She is also an advisor to the Trinidad State Robotics Team.
She paints exclusively from photographs, giving her the ability to capture scenes in vivid detail. While she is well known in Trinidad for her wood creations, which include cutting boards, spoons, and furniture sold at the Market Place Gallery on Main Street in Trinidad, she says she would rather paint.
The reception will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 4 to 5 pm at the President’s Office, Berg Building, Room 218 on the Trinidad State Campus at 600 Prospect Street. Light refreshments will be served. The show will remain open until the middle of April. The public is invited to view these works during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8 am to noon, and from 1 to 5 pm.