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Eisele Gallery presents: “Beauty from Within: Florals, Figures & Friendship”

Paintings by Kate Lackman & MaryBeth Karaus

On view: Friday October 6th – Saturday October 28th, 2023.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6th, 6-9pm.


Image: MaryBeth Karaus: My Pleasure, Oil on canvas, 21 x 38 inches


(Cincinnati, Ohio) – Join Eisele Gallery as we present works created by MaryBeth Karaus & Kate Lackman. The exhibition Beauty from Within: Figures, Florals & Friendship will take place at Eisele Gallery from Friday October 6th – Saturday October 28th, 2023 and the reception for the artists will take place Friday October 6th from 6-9 pm. Kate Lackman is an American contemporary realist painter predominantly known for her figurative work in oil paintings and sculpture. MaryBeth Karaus pushes the boundaries of traditional still life as she strives for originality and excellence in composition while still respecting the importance of classical painting. This featured exhibition will focus on the conversations found in the distinct figurative and still life paintings of these two accomplished artists and longtime friends.


About MaryBeth Karaus

MaryBeth Karaus is a graduate of the DAAP program of the University of Cincinnati, but her artistic training began years before any formal study. Her mother was a passionate artist, and she was raised with an intrinsic appreciation and understanding of art. For the last 25 years she has been a dedicated mother of four while pursuing painting, and in recent years focusing on still-life. Karaus first began her career as an artist in watercolors, a form she was drawn to from the teaching of Robert James Foose of the University of Kentucky. After concentration for some time in the medium of watercolor, she began studying oil painting and over the past 20 years has received both local and national recognition.


In 2018, Karaus received the Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. At the Virtuoso of the OPA, judge Daniel Greene awarded her third place for her painting Nature’s Blush in 2019. She received the Award of Excellence at the OPA Wet Paint 2020. Karaus also was a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon Competitions in 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2022. An active member of the Cincinnati Art Club, the artist’s work can be found at the Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas. The artist’s full bio can be found at: https://www.marybethkaraus.com


Image: Kete Lackman: Jade, Oil on canvas panel, 16.5 X 13.5


About Kate Lackman

Kate Lackman began painting professionally at the age of 16, painting portraits at a National Amusement Park. After graduating from college with a BFA, Lackman has pursued her lifelong fascination with painting, drawing and sculpting the human form in a wide range of enigmatic visual and emotional states. Her work encompasses an extensive portfolio of work that illustrates the artist’s dexterity in capturing the unknowable of the human spirit. States Lackman, “Art is a beautiful journey. I see it as a gift one gives to themselves. My true love in art has always been observing the depths within the visage of others.”

Lackman continues to create paintings in oil incorporating traditional techniques, where the artist hones her exquisite attention to detail, producing complex layers of color, shading and texture. Her paintings are infused with an ethereal luminescence that evokes a strong sense of the supernatural for viewers, drawing them into the emotional mystery of the work so that they become a part of it. Lackman’s work has received numerous national and international accolades over the past 20 years. In 2019, her work was featured in the American Women Artist’s National Museum Show. Other awards include work placed in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, The American Artists Professional League and Art Renewal Center. The artist’s full bio can be found at: https://www.katelackman.com

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