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Allan Mielke Art Exhibit in December sponsored by the Talbot County Visual Art Center

Nov 06, 2012 06:23PM ● By Anonymous

Allan F. Mielke began painting as a teenager and had the privilege to study under several gifted artists. Over time, he has cultivated a talent in impressionism and abstract painting. Allan’s goal is always to welcome his viewer, essentially inviting him or her into the painting. Feel if I can capture a viewer’s attention and create a moment of thought the work is a success.

Mielke enjoys experimenting with different media. Once concerned about painting in multiple “styles,” whether he was using watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, or pen and ink; he now embraces this diversity. “I find it keeps my work—as well as my mind—spontaneous. That spontaneity has earned me several Best in Show awards, in addition to other recognitions. That spontaneity, coupled with his patient nature, has also fostered a love for creating art that will undoubtedly continue to flourish in his life.”

His first opportunity for art school took a turn to mechanical and design engineering. That along with a marketing/sales education, or “sales-engineering” as he likes to call it, took Allan in a different direction from a professional/career artist. However, about 12 years ago he got back into his art. He was influenced by artists like Ray Ellis and Andrew Wyeth and you can see this in his abstract/loose watercolors.

Locally, Allan admired Dennis Clark, Ann Sharp and Joe Mayer; and he worked with them to loosen up into an impressionistic and an abstract style. He discovered that this can be much more difficult than “detailed” artwork: it’s a “fine line to keep color balance, impression and composition in place! Many times my paintings ended up looking as though the kitty got sick, but then I finally turned the corner.”

Mielke always travels with a sketch book, paints and a camera. Most recently, Allan F. Mielke has received the coveted “Best in Show” at the Chesapeake College in 2010 and also at the Talbot County Visual Arts Center Members Show in March 2012. He has also received 1st place Chesapeake College (2010),0 and a 3rd place at the Visual Arts Center in 2012. He has been accepted into several “Juried Shows” and he received an “honorable mention” for a Wyeth-like piece in 2011.

For more information or questions regarding this show, please call the Talbot County Visual Arts Center 410-822-0966 or visit our website

Media contact Marie Rose-Ludington 410-819-6935

Talbot County Visual Art Center is a non-profit organization. Programs and classes/workshops are sponsored in part by the Talbot county Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.