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.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

L'Homme Vert

The legendary Green Man deity of the British Isles and Europe was believed to create rain, sustain nature, and support livestock and pasture. He has adorned churches, all sorts of buildings, and feels very comfortable in the garden. L’Lomme Vert is created from cement, peat moss, chicken wire, 100 year old tin roof tiles and found deer antlers with tarnished bronze coating, exterior house paint and eye balls by Jonathan Davis. I will display “L’Homme Vert” starting Saturday August 24th at “Come Out and Play” at JimGin Farm. Then, this assemblage will be at the North Carolina Botanical Garden “Sculpture in the Garden” September 21st through December.



Duck Duck Goose, A sculptural kids game

Duck duck goose
Critters on the loose
Children laughing in the garden.

Goose duck duck                                      
Kids have all the luck
Running wild in the yard, and

Duck duck goose
They use any excuse
To laugh and run without regard, and

Goose duck duck
The kids have run amuck
This game is so avant garde, and

Duck duck goose
I guess you can deduce
Life is so much fun in a garden.

This goofy gaggle was made of recycled rebar and plastic bags, cement, peat moss, chicken wire, steel, and tarnished bronze coating. I will display “Duck, Duck Goose” starting Saturday August 24th at “Come Out and Play” at JimGin Farm. Then, this assemblage will be at the North Carolina Botanical Garden “Sculpture in the Garden”  September 21st through December.