Mixed media on display at Edmonds Library
Pastels, oils and mixed media artworks by Black Diamond artist Barbara Benedetti Newton are on display at the Edmonds Library through Oct. 29.
Newton’s work has appeared in many shows and galleries. She has many of her works in private collections worldwide, and has been included in various publications, including American Artist, International Artist, the Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine.
Newton is a native of Auburn and attended the Burnley School of Professional Art, now the Art Institute of Seattle, where she studied with William Cumming, among others.
Newton worked as a fashion illustrator in Seattle and San Francisco before taking a prolonged hiatus from painting and art, returning full time to the profession in 1990.
Working exclusively in colored pencil for more than a dozen years, Newton became one of the masters of the medium and co-authored “Colored Pencil Solution Book,” published in 2000.
In 2002, Newton began exploring other mediums and has been working primarily in soft pastel since then.
An instructor at Frye Art Museum in Seattle and at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, Newton retired from teaching in 2006. In 2013, Newton wrote a book called “Art Answers: Pastel Drawing.”
She is represented by Jeffrey Moose Gallery in Seattle, the State of the Arts Gallery in Olympia, the Attic Gallery in Portland, the American Art Academ in Tacoma, and Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes.
Edmonds Library is at 650 Main St., Edmonds.