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Albany Area Arts Council showcases works of Henrietta Ladson (PHOTO GALLERY)

Artist recreates images from her travels on canvas

"Home & Abroad," featuring paintings by Henrietta Ladson, will be exhibited at the Albany Area Arts Council until Jan. 31. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

"Home & Abroad," featuring paintings by Henrietta Ladson, will be exhibited at the Albany Area Arts Council until Jan. 31. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

ALBANY — Friends, co-workers and art lovers alike attended the Albany Area Arts Council’s latest exhibit opening Thursday to see the colorful creations of local artist Henrietta Ladson.

The “Home & Abroad” collection showcases paintings created in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor and mixed media. Much of Ladson’s work features landscapes such as cotton fields, farm life, and images from her travels abroad.

“I always make sure to take a lot of pictures anywhere I go,” Ladson said. “Later, I look back through the photographs and sketch new ideas for a piece.

“Often, I’ll create the same piece multiple times, using different mediums. Some people think that sounds silly, but I enjoy it, and it’s a good way to learn.”

An active Albany artist and teacher, Ladson earned an undergraduate degree from Agnes Scott College in French and History and a Masters in Art History from Vanderbilt University. Currently, she teaches art at Deerfield-Windsor School, which also is her alma mater.

“She’s a very talented artist, and we are all very proud of what she’s accomplished,” said Deerfield co-worker Cary Stoudenmire. “She’s a wonderful teacher and really produces great work.”

Ladson has also taught classes at Darton State College and the Albany Museum of Art. Recently, her painting “A Quiet Moment” received third-place honors in the 2013 Southwest Georgia Regional Art Show and Sale.

Ladson enjoys traveling both regionally and overseas, and spent a year living in France during college. Much inspiration for her paintings come from her experiences and is clearly evidenced in her artistic expression on the canvas.

“Though I’ve enjoyed all of my travels, there are two places that really stand out,” Ladson said. “I will always love France. The look, the culture — I very much enjoyed my time living abroad there.

“My other favorite would have to be Ireland. I just fell in love with the country — it is unbelievably gorgeous, with amazing landscapes everywhere you look.”

Ladson and her husband, Alan, have two children, William and Anna. To view Ladson’s work, visit her website at www.henriettaladson.com.

“Home & Abroad” runs through Jan. 31 at the Albany Area Arts Council, located in the historic Carnegie Library on 215 N. Jackson St. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.