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Posted: April 14, 2010 12:30 a.m.

Figures in motion

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Margaret Warfield has been chosen "Artist of the Month" for the month of April at Southern Heartland Gallery. A graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in clothing and textiles and a minor in fine art, Warfield expresses her love of brilliant colors and flowing fabrics by draping figures in motion with colorful acrylic paint.

As a young woman, Warfield’s paintings reflected images reminiscent of her childhood, landscapes of the Tennessee hills. As she matured, she began to explore facets of life contributing to the woman artist she would become. This included African culture, where she reconnected artistically with a heritage rich in color, fabric, and texture.

Warfield has come full circle as an artist, working not only with acrylic paint on canvas, but also with fabric and clay. She has a family of dolls, "The Collective," each with its own movement and life, from playing jacks to shopping for groceries. She forms figures and colorful masks of clay, makes a line of clothing adorned with her art, and creates accessories for life from fabric and beads. A full variety of Warfield’s art may be seen locally at Southern Heartland Gallery as well as Union Point.

Warfield’s paintings have adorned the cover of a college textbook on the psychology of women, a poster for national Black Heritage, as the invitation and program for the annual awards banquet for N.O.W, and on the cover of a book of poetry, written by Margaret and a friend, Angela Smith, entitled "Changing, Recognizing the New You." Her work has been exhibited at Epcot Center in Disneyworld, the Bell South Corporate Office in Atlanta, Clark University, Morehouse College, Harriet Tubman Museum, Macon, Union Station, Washington D.C., Emory University, Oxford Campus and The Martin Luther King Library, Atlanta, among others. Warfield is currently president of the Southern Heartland Art Guild and is a member of the board of directors of Southern Heartland Arts Inc., the nonprofit visual art organization serving Newton County for over 22 years.

Her artist’s reception will be combined with the Gallery’s "Spring Fling," an open to the public art exhibit and reception, on Thursday, April 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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