Carmean, Karen
Oil - West Stockbridge, MA

Phone: (617) 868-7082
Web Site:
Karen Carmean
Color and reflected light excite me. Studying pieces of fruit and flowers, I search for different colors and reflected light. While painting my first pineapple, I was fascinated by the yellow-orange gold breaking through the cracks in the pineapple like magma under a volcanic crust. I have been exploring colors and textures since then. I like to take one shape like a pineapple, pear or amaryllis and explore its colors and shapes and textures. I also love landscapes and portrait painting.
About ten years ago Emily Sander inspired me to consider showing my work when she suggested I might start planning for a show in two years. Minga Claggett-Born encouraged me to consider joy in my priorities. If you enjoy seeing, doodling, working with your hands, would you consider sharing your joy?
I use a limited palette which enables me to explore the world of color. I use a portable system of painting which allows me to get outside and paint in different locations with minimal set up time. My mother was a water colorist who encouraged her children to paint. My mother took lessons from the author of the classic book The Natural Way to Draw [now available on the web for free]. Ms. Carmean studied at the Studio School at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She lives with her husband, photographer Doane Perry. Ms Carmean had a solo exhibition at Friends Meeting in Cambridge in March and April, 2014, and has been in numerous group shows.

Karen Carmean, 617-547-1413,
West Stockbridge Library July, 2014
Friends meeting at Cambridge One Person Show March-April 2014
Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge MA, group show 2012-2013
First Friday Artist Walk, Pittsfield MA 2012 ongoing
Bagels Too, group exhibit, North Street, Pittsfield MA 2012 ongoing
1657 Cambridge St. one person show, part of Cambridge Open Studios, 2016, 2014
,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and ongoing. Gallery opens by appointment.
Friends meeting at Cambridge Group Shows, 2016,2014, 2013 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Richmond Free Library, Richmond MA. “Scintillations” One person exhibit, February – March 2010
Central Square group exhibit, May 2009, Cambridge Open Studios
Cambridge Open Studios, coordinating committee, 2008-2011
“100 from Cambridge” group show, 344 Broadway, Cambridge
Organizer of Mid Cambridge Open Studios, 2008 which successfully led to take over by City of Cambridge to run Cambridge Open Studios which was the goal of the effort to combine by the area Open Studios organizations and reduce administrative work to increase artists’ contributions
Friends Meeting at Cambridge, one person show, 2008
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, multiple courses in the artist program, 1999-2003
Cambridge Center for Adult Education 1975 courses in oil painting
Art Editor, Stadium High School yearbook. Tacoma Washington
Sumi painting course from a sumi artist on Seattle Public television taken with my mother
Prize for an oil painting of a still life, 1960
Mother, always an artist, a watercolorist, encouraged her children to draw and paint. Bought butcher paper so we would draw and paint freely. Melted crayolas on candle flame for pointillist paintings. Mother was a member of Pacific Gallery Artists and showed her work annually.