Women & Their Work was pleased to present the meticulously crafted woodcuts of Austin artist Arleen Polite, on view in the focus gallery.
Frequently depicting figures from both the artist’s life and dreams, Polite’s detailed renderings in the woodcut medium gave a joyful insight into her experiences growing up in rural Palatka, Florida and into her tales of life in Austin. Many of Polite’s works depicted highlights of Austin’s cultural and architectural landscape, including images of the the Capitol, the Clarksville Jazz and Arts Fest, as well as of Austin’s intimate neighborhoods.
Masterful in their technique and rich in their telling of visual stories, Polite’s charming relief prints provided a delightful experience to both those more and less familiar with the printmaking medium, and the art of narrative depiction.
Arleen Polite studied at The Florida School of the Arts in Palatka, Florida and received her B.F.A. from The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta Georgia. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and venues in Texas including: The Austin Museum of Art, Flatbed Press, and La Pefia in Austin; The Dallas Visual Arts Center and the San Marcos Fine Arts Center, San Marcos, Texas.