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Nelda Warkentin

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for September, 2020

Nelda Warkentin has been committed to the conservation of the natural world for many years. She has been a long time member of the Audubon Society which supports bird life. She is also a member of the Maine Seed Project, an initiative that encourages the propagation of wild and Native plants. Nelda and her husband, for 17 years, have managed their 28 acres in western Maine to enhance wildlife habitat including 1/2 mile of river frontage that has been a federally-designated a conservation zone. Their section of the river is also participating in a federal/state effort to reintroduce Atlantic salmon spawning habitat. As a member of Artists for Conservation, she is committing to donate a minimum of 10% of any sale to the Alaska Wilderness League, Maine Audubon or the buyer's choice of a conservation non-profit.

"While working full-time for the state of Alaska, a design class at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art sparked my interest in an art career. After experimenting with different mediums, I chose fiber and used acrylic painted silk to make quilts. My quilts were juried into numerous national and international exhibitions. Two received the Award of Distinction at Quilt Nihon in Japan. Another received the Domini McCarthy Award at Quilt National. In 2006, I was artist-in-residence at the Weir Farm Historic Site in Wilton CT. For several years, I was on the board of the international non-profit Studio Art Quilt Associates."

Many of her quilts reside in public and private collections. Numerous galleries, museums and other venues have exhibited them, including the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, CapeTown, Podgorica and the U.S. NATO Embassy in Brussels. Several years ago, her work in fiber came to its logical end. Oil painting became her new medium, partly because its portability fit her lifestyle but more importantly, she wanted to create realistic images. She now has specialized in portraits, including those of avian subjects, ever since. "Portraiture provides an opportunity for me to examine ideas and beliefs; plus, making faces 'come alive' is challenging and very rewarding."

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