April 2010: Header image: Memories, painting by Lotte Steube
Header image: Memories, painting by Lotte Steube

Featured Artist: Lotte Steube

Last updated: April 1, 2010

This month’s featured artist is Lotte Steube. Most of you have seen her work in the Olive Craig Gallery’s Annual Juried Exhibitions, in our auction exhibitions, and in the Alberta House Shop. She took an Honorable Mention Award in last year’s annual juried show, Home. The Sault, Ontario artist was born in Austria but has lived in the Sault since the age of twelve and considers herself a Northern Ontario artist.

Lotte’s journey in art began eighteen years ago. Encouraged by her daughter, her first drawings were inspired by nature and natural shapes. Later she painted portraits in pastels, eventually accepting commissions. Turning to watercolors, she began taking workshops—with Theresa Baic, Gordon MacKenzie, Cheng-Khee Chee, Helga Flower and Kathleen Conover—and extended the experience by studying books and magazines. She now works primarily in water media and mixed media, loving the endless opportunities they present. She says that textured surfaces symbolize the way in which her thoughts and memories are captured.

Lotte exhibits and sells her work through the Art Gallery of Algoma and Rose's Art Gallery in Sault, Ontario and in Alberta House in Sault, Michigan. She is a member of the Algoma Art Society and her work will be on exhibit in the Station Mall when the Algoma Art Society has its annual show April 30, and May 1. She will be entering the Folk Art Folk Juried Exhibition this month as well. She has exhibited in the Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts, the Bon Soo Art Show, the Canadian Art Festival (Richards Landing), Art on the Dock (Hilton Beach), Four and Friends (Bruce Mines), the Sylvan Circle Tour and in Northern Ontario Arts Association’s Annual Juried Art Exhibitions (winning an Honorable Mention award in 2002).

Lotte Steube’s painting, Superior Way, a mixed media 20 x 24” work (below), appeared in the January/February 2008 issue of Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine where she was a finalist in the Nature’s Way Waterscapes competition. In the accompanying article she relates that the work “started as an ice painting—in sub-zero temperatures. The base for the painting developed as colors were poured, flowed together, created frosted, textured shapes. The images on the paper inspired my imagination and portrayed my feelings. Textured surfaces symbolize the way in which my thoughts and memories are connected as I work in all water media—abstract and realism”. Water is a recurrent theme in her work.

Other awards include the Katie Kopec Memorial Award in the Bon Soo Art Show, an Honorable Mention for Serpent River Falls in the 2002 Northern Ontario Arts Association Annual Exhibition, two Best of Printmaking Awards (2006 and 2007) in the Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts, and an Honorable Mention for Home is Where the Heart Is (below) in last year’s Home show in the Olive Craig Gallery.

Lotte says her desire to paint has grown into a passion. Art has become an adventure of color as she paints florals, abstracts and landscapes. She loves water media, finding it “exciting to see the colors blend together on her palette like a dance . . . every strand of color combines together to make a thing of beauty”.

Works by Lotte Steube
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Superior Way, painting by Lotte Steube

Superior Way

Home Is Where The Heart Is, painting by Lotte Steube

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Blanket of White, painting by Lotte Steube

Blanket of White

Frosted Leaves, painting by Lotte Steube

Frosted Leaves

Bird of Paradise, painting by Lotte Steube

Bird of Paradise

Lake Superior, painting by Lotte Steube

Lake Superior

Memories, painting by Lotte Steube


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