Barbara Edwards

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"Wonders of Heaven" by Barbara Edwards.

Barbara Summers Edwards, born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, is a fourth generation native of the American West. Graduating from Utah State University in illustration and working as a freelance illustrator, Barbara evolved as a fine art oil and watercolor painter. Commonly portraying figurative imageries, her painterly, realistic paintings have received numerous awards (listed below) as they have been exhibited in international, national, regional and state juried, invitational, group and two person exhibits.

In 2018 Women Artists of the West awarded Barbara FIRST PLACE in their WAOW Online Spring Exhibit and she was also honored by American Women Artists with an AWARD OF MERIT in the AWA 2018 Spring Online Juried Show. Barbara appeared in the 2017 Jan/Feb issue of Art of the West Magazine Feature Article, "The Studio". She also is published in the 2016 August issue of Southwest Art Magazine's "Women In Art Section". The Utah Arts Council as part of the State of Utah's Permanent Collection purchased two of Barbara's paintings. One of those, "Gotcha!" hangs in the Governor's Mansion in the State of Utah. Art of the West Magazine featured Barbara in the Article; "Let's Just Paint"; 2013 July/August Issue.

Barbara's painting. "First Day of Spring" was awarded Best of Show in the 2015 American Plains Artists 26th Annual Juried Exhibit held at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska having previously been awarded the same honor in 2010. She was the Featured Artist of the 2016 Utah State Fair. Barbara also had the honor of being juried several times into the prestigious International Arts for the Parks Top 100 Exhibit and in 2002 was awarded the Yellowstone National Park Purchase Award and also the Arts for the Parks Wildlife Award of Merit. Earlier in the same exhibit, U.S. Art Magazine selected her painting for its Award of Excellence. Barbara's painting, "Birth of a Nation" received a Juror's Choice Award at the 2009 National Paint the Parks Show & Competition.

Some of Barbara's other exhibits and awards include: Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibits – National and Regional AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE; Utah Watercolor Society – AWARD OF EXCELLENCE and Intermountain Society of Artists – FIRST PLACE PAINTING AWARD. Barbara's award winning painting, "Cool Waters" was published in the 2003 September/October Issue of the Wildlife Art Magazine article, "America the Beautiful: Glimpses of the National Parks". Her painting "When I Was a Child" was published in the North Light Book, The Best of Portrait Painting.

The Oil Painters of America Board of Directors in 2011 awarded Signature Status to Barbara for her "remarkable talent". Barbara is also a Signature Member of American Plains Artists and an Associate Member of American Women Artists (AWA), Women Artists of the West (WAOW), National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) and Society of Mormon Artists (SOMA).

Barbara is represented by galleries from Texas to her current home state of Utah where she resides with her artist husband, Glen.

Artist Statement

"My subject matter, color and style are a very personal, intuitive part of who I am since I discovered art at the age of twelve. I enjoy working with figurative imagery, although more and more, I am examining landscape and often combine the two. I love observing people, especially children as I wish to see the world anew through their eyes. I am most interested in small everyday moments often missed or seemingly unimportant compared to the social and headline grabbing events of the world.

In a very painterly and vigorous approach, I brush shapes of broken color defining the form and composition that I have in mind. I work from photographs I have taken on one of many research trips or hire models. I build the surface with color and textural subtleties in contrast to the strong light and dark patterns I am fond of using.

Although an admirer of impressionism, I do not consider myself a true impressionist. I enjoy working with the impressions of light and color but also want to narrate a story or idea to capture a moment in life. My intention is for those who view my work to not only see the color, value, composition and all of the other requirements of a great painting but to also share a definite feeling or memory of the timeless human drama represented. My Mission Statement is this: 'If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy; I seek after those things.' Someone once asked me how I made my paintings appear so powerful and yet at the same time feel so gentle. I'm not sure how to verbally answer the question, but I consider the question a great compliment."

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Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. Seeking to attain his tribe's highest war honor by touching his enemy. This action among indigenous peoples is called "Counting Coup".
Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. “Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp” is a bronze created by Osage Artist John Free. The bronze, eight feet high and twelve feet long) was enlarged to 1-1/4 life size through the efforts of John Free of the Bronze Horse foundry in Pawhuska and Hugh Pickens. Pictured (L-R): Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum and Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. “Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” is a mural painted by fine artist Daniel Pickens. Daniel was born in Lima, Peru in 1974 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. This mural is at our Ponca City location.
“"War Club" by Native Artist Yatika Starr Fields was recently acquired from Garth Greenam Gallery to Pickens Museum. Personal and social struggle have long been integral to the artist’s practice. After joining the Water Protectors at the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016, Fields increasingly centered the Indigenous history of hope and struggle in his work, particularly in his studio practice. In his 2017 series, Tent Metaphor Standing Rock, Field recovered tents after the infamous February 22, 2017 police raid on the protesters. The artist recombined the vivid tenting material—the mainstay of middle-class camping holidays that has become an icon of homelessness and protest movements—into traditional Indigenous patterns, anti-pipeline slogans, and into dynamic, compelling abstract compositions. As in his graffiti works, Fields blurs the line between abstraction and representation, creating stylistic compositions out of recognizable elements, and setting them against dynamic, swirling fields of color and twisting forms. The works blur the boundaries between political polemic and abstraction, between distress, resistance and hope.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. Our mural "The Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman" is located in City Central at our Ponca City location.
Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry and Art. Pickens Museum displays art works at NOC Tonkawa campus. Pictured (L-R): Dr. Cheryl Evans, NOC President, Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum, and Sheri Snyder, NOC Vice President for Development and Community Relations. (photo by John Pickard/Northern Oklahoma College) This art is at our Tonkawa location
Native American Artist Yatika Starr Fields Completes Mural for Pickens Museum.
The World's Largest Naja. Future location of Pickens Museum on Route 60 and "U" Street West of Ponca City
Architectural Renderings of Pickens Museum.
Aerial View from East of Future location of Pickens Museum along Route 60 at "U" Street West of Ponca City
Display of Turquoise Jewelry.
Drum player by Allan Houser. This stone carving is part of the collection at Pickens Museum.
"Red Man" by Native American Artist Fritz Scholder. Pickens Museum Director Hugh Pickens on right.
Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp.
Native American Jewelry Artist Tonya Rafael with a silver frame she created to honor my wife Sr. S.J. Pickens. My wife and Tonya worked together over the years creating new jewelry art pieces. My wife had an eye for color and would often design a spectacular piece and ask Tonya to execute it for her. A skilled silversmith, Tonya would sometimes stay in our guest house, set up a workshop, and work for days at a time on a Squash Blossom, Bolo, or Bracelet my wife commissioned. The piece is a silver picture frame that Tonya cut out of thick silver plate. Around the edge of the picture frame are 95 small turquoise stones. In the top is a large spiny oyster stone in the shape of a heart. The frame contains a photo that Tonya took of my wife a few years ago. Dr. Pickens is wearing one of her favorite outfits and if you look closely you can see a special squash blossom and necklace that Tonya created for my wife. In the bottom of the frame is an inscription.
Native American Artist Jolene Bird. Jolene Bird is an accomplished artist who learned her craft from her grandfather over 20 years ago. Jolene makes her jewelry in the tradition of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. This is a Fender Stratocaster guitar onto which Jolene has attached pieces of Kingman and Sonoran Turquoise highlighted with Jet. The stars are in Abalone, Mother of Pearl, Pipestone, Yellow Serpentine, and Spiny Oyster. The artistry in this piece is simply breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed. Consider that this is a three dimensional mosaic, a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle if you will. Jolene told me that each individual piece of turquoise had to be cut, shaped, and ground down to fit perfectly with the other pieces. Each individual piece probably took six to eight hours to produce and there are literally hundreds of pieces covering the guitar.
American Indian by Paul Manship This piece at Pickens Museum is the only known existing copy of this sculpture.
Painting by Peruvian Artist Josue Sanchez. Photo Credit: Hugh Pickens Pickens Museum

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