Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chatham Artist Awarded for her Pastel Paintings

Many people lay low during these hot and humid Summer days, but not Chatham Artist Kim Werfel. She has been very busy making a splash in the area arts scene. She won two awards at the state wide exhibition  North Carolina Pastel Societies at the Hickory Museum of Art. Her best in show pastel, “The Lookout” depicts a group of deer seeking food in the morning light. Werfel’s “Queen of Swords” won  the Pastel Society of Virginia Award. It is a haunting portrait of a young girl leaning on fencing foils.   An avid animal-lover, Werfel’s art was featured at the 20th anniversary of the Cole Park Veterinary Clinic in Chatham County.

The Lookout by Kim Werfel
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Kim Werfel now resides in Fearrington Village, NC with her husband Eric and her beloved bichon frise, Summer.  She is a former Wake County, NC art teacher and long-time advertising production coordinator for Time, Sports Illustrated and People Magazines, NYC.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Advertising Design from New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY and a Masters of Science in Art Education from L.I. University, C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY.

Werfel is known for her pastel portraits of people and animals. Her sensitive realistic interpretation and impressionistic colors give her portraits personality and spirit as well as a likeness. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout North Carolina. Commissioned portraits are held in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. Werfel is active in artist groups, including Fine Arts League of Cary (, The Pastel Society of NC (, the Piedmont Pastel Society, Artist Studios at Fearrington Village ( and the Chatham Artists Guild (

You can see Kim Werfel in her studio at the 2013 Chatham Studio Tour the first two weekends in December.

1 comment:

Anora McGaha said...

Thank you for these posts about Chatham artists. Too many local artists don't have much presence online, so it's a real service for people like me who want to learn more about them to write about them.

This Lookout painting by Kim Werfel is stunning. I read here that it is also a prize wining painting. Kim Werfel's Website