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Colette Sexton
Lambertville, NJ

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Blue Door North Union Street


Originally from Bucks County, Colette Sexton returned to the area after earning her BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in painting from the University of Oregon. In the relatively short time that Sexton has been exhibiting her work, she has received an enormous amount of recognition. In addition to two important residencies, one at the Vermont Studio Center and the other at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York, she has won several awards for her work including the 2004 Prallsville Mill Best of Painting Award, the 2004 Coryell Gallery's 23rd Annual Exhibit Painting Award, and the 2002 Patrons Award at Phillips Mill, the show's highest honor.

Sexton explains that her works are “depictions of familiar places and parts of my daily visual landscape. While these proverbial spaces equally describe the beauty and charm of a specific location, they have also provided an opportunity to examine technical painterly issues.” The artist remarks that after moving to Lambertville a few years ago in an effort to simplify her daily routine by small town living, she found inspiration for her work in her daily walks. In creating her landscapes she hopes “to invite the viewer into the beauty of this town and feel the joy I find wandering its streets.”

Aside from captivating audiences with her award-winning work, Sexton also spends her time helping to strengthen the arts community. She has worked with the Guggenheim Museum Fellowship Program's Arts through Learning, which brings artists and performers into the classroom.  She also served as the president of Artsbridge, a local arts activist group, from 2002 to 2004.  Sexton has had group shows at the Atelier Gallery in Frenchtown and at the Coryell Gallery in Lambertville. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown and the PECO Corporate Collection in Philadelphia.