Charlotte Hackin shows ‘Colorful Expressions’

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Internationally known, Charlotte Hackin is a true artist of her time.

Even after 40 years in the business, she still maintains the passion and talent that watercolors, acrylics and oils were made to be used with.

Hackin is a woman full of experiences and achievements. Although her experiences originate from far and wide, she has made Rockford her home for the last 25 years.

According to a personalized card she produces, she is a commissioner for the Rockford Park District—a six-year term—and a member of the Arts in the Park program.

The card also lists the many achievements she has acquired over the years. The following achievements are taken directly from that list.

Hackin has matriculated at the Chicago Art Institute, DePaul University and Phoenix College in Arizona. She has also privately studied with renowned muralist Paul Coze in Arizona; created the impressive mural at the Phoenix airport and studied with the outstanding watercolorist, Edgar J. Whitney, on the New England coast.

In 2003, she was accepted for the “Art in Embassies Program” in Washington, D.C. Her work has become international, seen in the various embassies around the world.

Her work has been displayed at The Chicago Art Institute, The Sharon Trux Gallery in Venice, Calif., the Rockford Art Museum, the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium.

She was a first award winner for two consecutive years in a juried show against 13 counties at a state fair in Maricopa, Ariz., for her 30-foot murals.

She produced and hosted a 13-part series on PBS titled Sketch & Paint America.

Hackin is a painter, a teacher in both the public schools and her own private school, a lecturer, and an author with three art books to her credit.

Meet Hackin at the opening of her solo exhibit, “Colorful Expressions,” 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 at Basil Café, 6500 E. Riverside Blvd. The exhibit is set to run through December. Info: 637-9590.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2005, issue

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