Artist to be featured at East Fork Gallery |

Artist to be featured at East Fork Gallery

Staff reports

Barbara Kowalski has traveled and lived in interesting places in the world and settled here with her husband Jack to paint.

The newest member of the East Fork Artists Gallery in Gardnerville, she will be the featured artist in the East Fork Gallery Spring Reception and Show March 16.

Carson Valley art-lovers and regular patrons of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center are invited to meet Kowalski, see her paintings and partake of wine and hors d’oeuvres. A door prize will be given away.

Kowalski was born in Yorkshire, England, and brought up in Surrey 14 miles southwest of London. Much of her childhood was spent shuttling between Surrey and Yorkshire as bombs and rockets threatened the populace.

After the war, she went to work in Switzerland. She developed a taste for travel and after a couple of years working and living in the West End of London, she went to Malta. A friend who was studying with the Royal Academy of Art visited each summer, and Kowalski was intrigued, watching her paint.

She met her husband Jack in North Africa, but it wasn’t until they moved to New Orleans that she tried painting in oils. Within six months she had sold her first canvas, a sunset.

Soon after, the couple moved with their first child to Pacific Palisades, Calif., where they lived for 22 years. Another daughter was born and painting took a back seat, but Kowalski found time to study drawing, painting, design, art history, copy preparation for reproduction and advertising art.

In 1989, the Kowalskis were transferred to Bakersfield, Calif., where Kowalski became friend with five women who met every other week to paint together. They joined a watercolor class and Kowalski was introduced to a new medium.

Now she works in many mediums and finds each one has its own special qualities. She enjoys watercolors and “goes with the flow.” Pastels are probably her favorites, and when she paints in oil, she likes the feeling “being completely in charge.”

When Jack Kowalski retired in 1993, the couple moved to Gardnerville and the first thing Kowalski did was to inquire about joining a local art association. Through her contacts with the Carson Valley Art Association, she met members of the East Fork Artists and was invited to join.

She is present of the Carson Valley Art Association and a member of the Nevada Artists Association.

The reception will be held in the East Fork Artists Gallery, located inside the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville noon to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome.