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Local artist Charlotte Hackin will open a new exhibit, Expressive Moments, Nov. 3 at Mueller Studio, 875 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. Refreshments will be served, and the artist will speak about her work.
A native of Chicago, Hackin has received acclaim as an artist and was accepted in the Art in Embassies Program at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Her work has become international, and she sold a number of her works through that program. She is also a member of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and American Western Artists. She works in all media, as her exhibit will reflect.
Hackin has been a professional artist for more than 50 years. She was trained at the Chicago Art Institute, which later featured her work in its juried gallery shows. She also studied at DePaul University and Phoenix College in Arizona. She served as art director for Chicagos Lincoln Park Zoological Society, and her solo exhibits attracted much interest at the Chicago Press Club, the public library, the Civic Center, The University Club, and the Charlotte Hackin Gallery. She has been a painter and teacher in both the public schools and her own private school. She is an author with three art books to her credit.
She was a 2004 nominee for the Mayors Art Award. In Phoenix, Ariz., she was art director for six years for the Phoenix Zoo, where she created an innovative program using live animals as models for the open art classes. Her LaPetite Gallery in the Del Webb building in Phoenix carried a stable of the Southwests most prestigious artists.
Hackin was a first-award winner for two consecutive years won in a juried show against 13 counties. She won for Maricopa County, Ariz., at the State Fair for the 30-foot murals. She also produced and hosted Sketch & Paint America, a 13-part art series seen on PBS. In Rockford, where she has resided for 25 years, Hackin is a member of the Rockford Area Arts Council of Illinois and the Arts in the Park Program in Rockford.
In another capacity, Hackin serves as a commissioner for the Rockford Park District, and will be up for election again.
Expressive Moments will run until Nov. 17. After the opening reception days, Charlotte Hackin will be at the studio from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 639-1318.
From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue