HALL: Local artists in the spotlight at Destin Library: Cristi Chester starts with an idea

Cristi Chester

Cris Chester in her studio in Shalimar working on a new painting.

Special to The Log
Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

Move over Rembrandt there are ladies in the gallery.

Cristi Chester, painter and art teacher in Shalimar, is joined by her ladies painting group members in showing their work at the Destin Library. This art show helps celebrate the library’s 10th year at their current location. The painting group members include, Cristi Chester, Terry Long, show coordinator, Elizabeth Carnell and Barbara Morton, all of Destin.

The Destin Library show runs from now until April 26 and is filled with beautiful colors and an assortment of intriguing, original artwork.

Cristi, the teacher of the group, was born in Tokyo, Japan, to an Air Force family and spent much of her life living in such places as Goose Bay, Labrador, Naples, Italy and Stuttgart, Germany. She is married to Mike Chester and they have two beautiful daughters, Lauren in Orlando and Jennifer in Miami.

Cris confesses to a vivid imagination for creative projects from an early age. She holds degrees (but not in art) from Florida State University and the State University of New York.

Cris is a member of the Portrait Society of American and the Artist Guild. In 2010 and 2011, she was published in the prestigious Richeson International 75 Figure/Portrait Competition. Six hundred hopeful artists enter each year, but only 75 are chosen.  She has won many pastel competition awards and “Best of Show” for oils at the Festival of the Arts in Destin.

“I am a concept painter. I start with an idea or story that I want to tell you,” she said.

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