Update from 2021! Originally this post appeared on the WinklerGallery.org blog while I was an active artist member and President of the Board of Directors. Claira was also an artist member at the time.
As with many things, artists evolve and change constantly. Almost as soon as this was posted, I'm sure Claira felt that some things weren't true anymore.
Consider this a time capsule into a fantastic local Pennsylvania artist from 2017. This is her current website if you want to follow her: clairaheitzenrater.art
But first, here are two of my favorites of her more recent work!
CORA SMITH ON CUTTING HER EAR OFF, SUFFERING AS AN ARTIST, AND The SPIRITUALITY Of Her Art
(Originally appeared on WinklerGallery.org in 2017. This interview was conducted and written by Board Secretary, Rachael Berdine It was edited and posted by Board President, Craig Inzana.)
Every month here at the Winkler Gallery and Art Education Center, we honor one of our member artists as Artist of the Month. All of our artists produce stunning work of all varieties that pass through a juried selection process to be displayed at the gallery. The Artist of the Month allows us to zoom in on them one at a time. For August 2017, the honor goes to Cora Smith.
We sat down with Cora during one of her volunteer shifts at the gallery for an interview where we talked about her religion, the hardest parts of being an artist, and where her inspiration comes from.
Artist Profile: Nick Spanos
Graphic design is one of those fields that have become increasingly hard to stand out in; with a massive amount of competition (and really talented competition at that) it's no surprise to me the talent that goes unnoticed in that field.