Gwen Thomas is an award-winning artist from the Kenai Peninsula. The public is invited to attend the reception, meet Thomas and view her original works of art.

Marble Rim Gallery will host a First Friday opening reception for award-winning guest artist Gwen Thomas on Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thomas is an award-winning artist from the Kenai Peninsula. The public is invited to attend the reception, meet Thomas and view her original works of art. 

According to Thomas, she started drawing, with great enthusiasm, as soon as she was old enough to hold a crayon. Now, at age 92, one might say that she has been a practicing artist for more than nine decades. 

Thomas first studied art at San Jose State University and discovered how much she enjoyed the process of learning, especially from other accomplished artists.  Thomas said that although she did not complete her degree at San Jose State, she went on to become a “perpetual college student,” taking classes whenever and wherever she could, including Kenai Peninsula College in Alaska where she now resides.   

Thomas spent the first part of her painting career working in oils; in 1997, she made a switch to watercolors, taking workshops from noted water color artist instructors including Zoltan Szabo, Judy Betts and Barbara Nechis. 

Thomas has gone on to develop her own artistic eye and talent. Her dedication to watercolor painting has earned her numerous awards from juried and judged shows. She is a member of the Alaska Watercolor Society, Kenai Fine Arts Guild and Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society in Homer, Alaska.  

“Painting continues to be a most important part of my life,” said Thomas. “I aim to capture moments that inspire me whether it is a traditional arrangement, en plein air painting or painting from my imagination. Sometimes, not knowing what I am about to paint, I will make random brushstrokes of color on the paper and then use that brushstroke shape to develop a painting that may become representational, abstract or nonobjective.”

Thomas will be showing original paintings and prints that depict Alaskan landscapes, florals and even some landscapes local to the Siskiyou County area. 

Marble Rim Gallery is a non-profit, cooperative gallery, under fiscal sponsorship of the Avery Theater in Etna. First Fridays offer a special opportunity to talk with artists in a relaxed, social setting. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided.  

Marble Rim Gallery is located at 11835 Main Street in Fort Jones.  Phone (530) 468-5442 or visit Marblerimgallery.org for more information.