The Estevan Arts Council has secured Judy Swallow of Alameda to be the adjudicator for its annual adjudicated art show later this year.
Swallow received formal education from Brandon University, the University of Regina and the Minnesota School of Art, where she received her art certificate and several awards. She has also studied with various artists, including painter Michael Lonechild and wildlife artist Bob Kuhn.
She tours the province and provides "Creative Expression" workshops for teachers' conferences, in-services and seminars. She also loves working with children of all ages, and provides art expression experiences in schools.
Swallow creates workshops suited to the needs of students, and has worked at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum and with the Estevan Arts Council. She serves as the artist-in-residence for the Alameda area, and has helped to bring various artists' groups and performers to the area.
Through her studio, the Swallow's Art Nest, she offers creative journey workshops and art retreats for youth and adults that incorporate music, expressive writing and visual art exploration. She likes to pose the question of "What if?" to participants.
Through sharing her own creative journey, she hopes to entice her participants into their own personal worlds of imagination and creative expression.
Swallow works mostly in acrylics, prismacolour, and pen and ink; however, she enjoys dabbling in various other mediums and experimenting with creative journals.
In addition to pursuing her own art, Swallow illustrates children's books and has worked as a freelance illustrator for the WeWrite Corporation in California. She was an illustrator for two published children's books and numerous magazine and book covers.
The adjudicated art show will be at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum from November 20 to December 28.