|Aug. 20, 2012
Artist Tracy Lynn Pristas Garners Residency in Wyoming
Pristas Also Debuts New Book
Littleton, Colo., Aug. 18, 2012 — As the wildfires raged in her new home state of Colorado, artist Tracy Lynn Pristas (http://www.painterpristas.com) began packing her bags. But not to escape the fires — to prepare for her upcoming residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts ( www.brushcreekarts.org) in Saratoga, Wyo.
The Brush Creek Foundation employs a highly competitive selection process in which a jury of professionals ranks artists based on submitted work samples and proposed artistic projects. Pristas starts her residency Oct. 1.
“I am extremely honored to receive the award of a one month artists-in-residence program at the prestigious Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts,” Pristas says. “The absence of daily obligations offers me the ability to concentrate on producing a fresh series of large-scale abstract landscape oils and to experiment with diverse monoprint techniques.
“Beyond that, I am hoping to build my professional network, since I recently located from Chicago to Colorado. Artists know other artists, and they are familiar with curators, writers, collectors and gallery owners. Even in this age of social media, nothing replaces face time.”
New Book Is Part of a Strategy to Stay Recession-Proof
As part of her efforts to take action and maintain momentum, Pristas also recently published “Exhaling Illumination” (www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=Exhaling+Illumination&filter=bookstore&commit=Search),
a book of her art. This hardcover promotional painting book contains more than 28 color plates of original oils, with an introduction from Chicago art collector Diane Graham-Henry.
Where to See Pristas Paintings
Pristas is a featured artist at Fine Line Designs Gallery (www.finelinedesignsgallery.com/artists/pristas/pristas.html ),
in Wisconsin’s Door County. Bella Vista Art in Asheville, N.C., is also showcasing some new Pristas florals
Besides her gallery exhibitions, Pristas has completed several commissions (http://www.painterpristas.com/commissions) for private collectors. Various health-care organizations have also commissioned her Reiki-infused works. They include:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.)
Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, Ill.)
St. John's Mercy Medical Center (St. Louis)
Pristas Works Appear On-Screen
Tracy Lynn Pristas paintings have also appeared in the movies and on TV.
Two Pristas paintings showed up on the big screen in “The Break-Up,” the 2006 Jennifer Aniston–Vince Vaughn movie. The Lifetime TV show “Drop Dead Diva” has also used two Pristas paintings as part of the backdrop for its main character.
About Tracy Lynn Pristas
Pristas was born in Latrobe, Pa. For 17 years she maintained a studio in Chicago along the city’s Ravenswood industrial corridor. She now resides in Littleton, Colo.
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Kirsten Lambert, Watermark Communications