Discover Local Artists: Jean Hutchison

The Artists of Palm Beach County are sponsoring a juried exhibit at the Crest Theater, Old School Square, August 25 through October 30, with an opening reception on Thursday, August 26, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Boca Raton Museum of Art School artist and teacher Miles Leventhall accepted 26 artists into the show, whose works cover a wide variety of media.

As an example of what you’ll find at this exhibit, take a look at the work of Jean Hutchison of Delray Beach.

Hutchison started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon, she explains, and although she studied art as a child at the Art Institute of Chicago, she went to pharmaceutical school at the University of Wisconsin, managing to take art classes as electives.

Later, she re-enrolled in school finishing as an English major, an art minor and a science minor along with obtaining her teacher’s certificate.

“From this diverse background, I developed my passion for art as well as science,” she said. “I go to the zoos and animal rescue facilities to draw and since I have had the opportunity for extensive travel, I’ve photographed and drawn the more unusual animals, too. I also study the human body.”

“Bernadette in Blue,” a pastel 22 by 19 inches, edition 1, is $575.
The Beak Can Hold More Than the Belly Can,” an oil and acrylic on wooden box, 22 by 24 by 6 inches, is $1,200

“The Beak Can Hold More Than the Belly Can,” refers to a popular children’s poem and has a whimsical quality. “I found that pelican skull just like that on a sidewalk on Federal Highway in Delray Beach,” she said. “My friend said, ‘You’re not going to take that home,” and I said, ‘Yes I am.’

“Then I had the box built and I went to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter and got some wonderful photos of pelicans.

“’A wonderful bird is the pelican,’” she adds.

Her other piece, “Bernadette in Blue,” is a portrait of a model who is also a friend. As such, the piece conveys the sense of a friendly, comfortable social interaction, which was exactly the situation in which the painting was executed, Hutchison explains.

The Crest Theatre, in Old School Square Cultural Art Center and National Historic Site, is located at 51 N. Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach.

Crest Theatre Galleries’ exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Admission is free.