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Charlotte “Charlee” Shroyer, one of the artists in “Art: Dewey Decimal,” at Fuller Lodge, has been named a first place winner in the 2011 Top Ten International Women in the Arts competition, sponsored by ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy.
Artists from more than 20 countries participated in this competition honoring the creative energy of women.
Long fascinated by Cistercian abbeys and medieval architecture of Europe, Shroyer paints women of the ages. Often with animals at their sides, these paintings are much more than just female figures — they tell stories of women’s historical and emotional passages through time.
Shroyer’s abstracts are also featured in the exhibit. Her journey into the art world has been an unlikely one, given her early college education resulting in a bachelor’s degree in French from Ohio State University and a doctorate in special education, language and learning disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.
A trip to the Columbus Museum of Art as a youngster, where she viewed the work of George Bellows, and a college requirement for an elementary education methods class planted the seeds of fine art.
Art courses at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maryland were only a part of her art education, but it was not until a trip to Taos that she committed to being an artist.
The online exhibit of Shroyer’s work may be seen at www.ARTROMgallery.com. Shroyer exhibits at Open Space Gallery and Blumenschein Studio Gallery in Taos, the Beck Gallery in Lutz, Fla., Lone Tree Gallery in Minden, Nev., and on her Web site, www.charlotteshroyer.com.