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The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Carolyn Larkin

Carolyn enjoys painting out of doors throughout the year in Wisconsin. She grew up in Virginia and spent much of her time in the coastal area of Virginia and the mountains of West Virginia. She started painting when she moved to this area thirty years ago at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Before moving here, she studied design, drawing and printmaking at the University of Texas Austin. She has continued to study with various local artists. Artists such as Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent as well as the French and Russian impressionists inspire her sense of color and brushwork.


2018 Galleries/Shows/Competitions

First Brush with Spring, New Harmony Indiana

“Botanicals”, Gallery of Wisconsin Art, West Bend Wisconsin

ESI Environmental Systems Inc, Brookfield Wisconsin

Cedarburg Plein Air, Cedarburg Wisconsin

Jefferson Plein Air, Jefferson Wisconsin

Elm Grove Garden Tour Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Door County Plein Air Quick Paint, Fish Creek Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis Wisconsin

Paint the Point, Mineral Point Wisconsin

Pewaukee Plein Air, Pewaukee Wisconsin

Taliesin Plein Air, Spring Green Wisconsin September 16-22, 2018

Paint the Town, Northbrook Illinois September 26-30, 2018

Bluff Strokes, Dubuque Iowa Ocotober 9 – 15, 2018


Recent Awards

Cedarburg Plein Air second place Quick Paint 2017



B.S. Nursing, University Virginia

University Texas Austin, art and architecture

Thoughts From The Bench On Mockingbird

atticusThe last we saw of Atticus Finch, when the Oscar winning performance of Gregory Peck’s film followed the release of the novel, he was sitting in the corner of injured son Jem’s bedroom, the warm arms of his cardigan sweater wrapping and re-wrapping around the clinging figure of his daughter Scout, the three of them recovering from a painful experience of racism, hatred, and violence, and the often lonely cost of standing against it.

I have a feeling that many of us, both on the stage and in the audience, whether fans of the book or film or both, join Scout and her older self Jean Louise in waiting to see Atticus again.

The play strikes a chord for me as I had a very Atticus-like father, a dead ringer in both looks and mannerisms and as I grew into an adult and journalist, I had the opportunity to see lawyers and judges in action at the county courthouse in Virginia.  And just as I still get that experience today covering trials today in rural Wisconsin, I also have witnessed the conflicts of race and prejudice all too recently near us in Milwaukee and through the nation.

Like Scout at the start of the play we wait for Atticus to return from the courthouse.  Like Jean Louise at the end we look back through the window, and through the decades, wishing we could go back to him, to speak to him and finish the lessons. Lessons of putting ourselves in others shoes, and realizing that even as we rail against what isn’t right, we are not alone as others quietly do the uncomfortable business of protecting Mockingbirds be they a Tom Robinson or a Boo Radley.

I suspect those of us who were graced with a great father miss him; and those of us who didn’t miss and yearn for such an experience.

Fortunately Christopher Sergel’s play gives us that opportunity in an up-close and live setting not to be missed.  It’s been said that in some ways To Kill A Mockingbird is a love letter from novelist Harper Lee to her father.  Of the several Sergel versions of the play that exist, the one being performed at Waukesha Civic Theatre comes closest to depicting that moment, and lifetime of reaching out to Atticus.

It’s a safe bet you’ll feel him reaching back and holding you safe.

Written by Jim McClure, who plays Judge Taylor in To Kill A Mockingbird at the Waukesha Civic Theatre