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CeCeile Hartleib

CeCeile Hartleib is an accomplished representational artist who has been painting professionally since the late 1970s. Her love of nature is evident in her Plein-air landscapes that include some of her favorite subjects: water lilies, garden scenes and people in nature. She paints outdoors year-round in Minnesota and in other parts of the country. Because of her exceptional ability to capture personality on canvas, she is also in demand as a portrait painter. Hartleib maintains a studio in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

 

The Classical Realist tradition in which Hartleib has been trained began in the seventeenth century. Rigorous training in the basics – value, composition, accuracy of line, and impressionistic color – is the hallmark of this method. Hartleib’s search for such training first led her to Allan R. Banks, an accomplished naturalist painter with whom she studied part-time for 4 years in Sandusky, Ohio. In 1987, she moved from Ohio to Minnesota to further immerse herself in the Classical Realist tradition and continue her training at Atelier LeSueur which was located in Excelsior, Minnesota, near the Twin Cities. After completing the full-time 4-year atelier program, she spent an additional year in intensive study with renowned artist Stephen Gjertson of Minneapolis. Hartleib’s work reflects her admiration of the works of Sargent, Cassatt, Corot, and Monet.

 

 

Hartleib teaches plein-air landscape and watercolor painting through The Atelier in Minneapolis. She also teaches privately and holds classes in her studio in St Paul. CeCeile is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, Minnesota Watercolor Society, and the St. Paul Art Collective. She has won numerous awards for her work, which is exhibited in galleries and hangs in private and corporate collections in North America, Europe, and the Orient.

 

 

 

Artist’s Statement

 

For me, painting is about seeing - about telling a story, conveying a mood or feeling, or simply expressing my love of nature. I am happiest when I get lost in my work, spending hours without realizing time has passed. I enjoy getting to know people while they sit for portraits and my work reflects this. In my landscape work I like painting beautiful sunsets and the many moods that nature creates. Often the way light falls across forms is enough to capture my attention and make me want to express my experiences or feelings in paint.

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Galleries

Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kelley Gallery, Woodbury, MN

Kay Hoecker Gallery, Rochester, Minnesota

Gemini2 Studio and Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

2009: Savage Arts Council Annual Exhibition, 1st Place Award, Watercolor, Savage, Minnesota

Painting: St. Paul Skyline on display at Minnesota Governor's Residence

2008: Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring juried Exhibition, Edina, Minnesota, Award

Riverfest Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibition, Aitkin, Minnesota

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Exhibition, Burnsville, Minnesota

Savage Art Studios Winter Show, Savage, Minnesota

2007: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Winter Exhibition, Savage Art Studios, Savage, Minnesota

River Fest Plein-air Paint Out and Exhibition, Aitkin, Minnesota

Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Exhibition, Bloomington, Minnesota, Award

2006: Showcase St. Paul Exhibit, St. Paul, Minnesota

Painting, Landmark Center, St. Paul, 2005, on display at Minnesota Governor's Residence

River Fest Plein-air Paint Out, Aitkin, Minnesota

Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition, H2O Magic, First Place Award

2005 Manhattan Arts International, Small Works 2005 Exhibition, New York, New York, Award of

Excellence

Window to the World, Looking into Japan, Beverly Hills Country Club, Los Angeles, California

Reflections on the Lakes, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition

2004 Featured Artist, November, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Half a Century with Vern, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2003 Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Show, Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

Interior Motifs, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Up North, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Watercolor Society, Fall Show, Award

The New Season, Patricia Weiner Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2002 Showcase St. Paul Art Exhibit, St. Paul, Minnesota

Best of Midwest Landscape Painting, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Bloomington, MN

2001 25th Annual National Exhibition, Midwest Watercolor Society, Elmhurst, Illinois, Award

Watercolor Spirit, Minnesota Watercolor Society, Hudson, Wisconsin, Award

A la Carte, Visual Arts Minnesota Midwest Regional Exhibition, St. Cloud, Minnesota

2000 The Best of Minnesota Landscape Painting, Vern Carver and Beard Galleries, Minneapolis

The Figure Show, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Orono, Minnesota

Foot in the Door Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1999 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition

1998 Art in Bloom, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota State Fair fine Arts Competition, Award

Minnesota Women Artists, Past and Present, St. Cloud, Minnesota

1997 Minnesota Watercolor Society, Spring Show, First Place, Portrait

1996 Artists' Magazine Portrait Competition, Finalist

Minnesota Perspectives, three person show, Meadow Creek Gallery, Edina, Minnesota

1994 Winter's Golden Eve, Premier Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Award

Innocence Envisioned, Premier Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Award

A Story of Light: 22 Women Artists, The Beard Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1992 One Woman Show, Meadow Creek Gallery, Wayzata, Minnesota

1991 American Society of Classical Realism Exhibition, LeCuyer Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Commissioned Portraits

Of Desiree, of Kaitlin, of Emily, Scott Zuber and Denise Webster, Los Angeles, California

Of Jackie and Drew, Nancy and Michael Phelps, Davenport, Iowa

Of Lee Lee Peng, St. Paul, Minnesota

Of Angie and Jackie, Laurie and Scott Gauer, Chaska, Minnesota

Of Mary, Mary and Thomas Jonikas, Prescott, Wisconsin

Of Keith, Dan Swiegert, Huron, Ohio

Of Audra, of Kevin Warren Bielke, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Of Blair, Kimberly Prechtl Williams, Columbus, Ohio

Of the granddaughters, Frances McCoy, Hopkins, Minnesota

Of Roxanne and Dale, Roxanne Danner, Washington, D. C.

Selected Collections

Garrison Keillor and Jenny Lind Nilsson, St. Paul, MN

Dawn Zuber and Gil Pomeranz, Canton, Michigan

Martina and Petr Chudan, Prague, Czech Republic

Polly and Dr. Mark Lewis Norman III, Edina, Minnesota

Andersen Consulting, Cincinnati, Ohio

Nancy and Alvin Holmbeck, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Glidden Corporation, Huron, Ohio

Annette Linton, Temple Terrace, Florida

Atelier du Nord, Two Harbors, Minnesota

East Grand Forks Library, East Grand Forks, Minnesota

Kate Williams, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Pat and Dr. John Freed, Buckhannon, West Virginia

Midori Shimada, Tokyo, Japan

Kathleen and James C. Smith, Washington, North Carolina

Martha and Robert Wicker, St. Paul, Minnesota

Articles, Interviews, Et Cetera

"Where Art Lives", Minneapolis, Minnesota, Star Tribune, October 2007

  • "February Meeting: Portrait Demonstration," CeCeile Hartleib, BrushStrokes: Minnesota Watercolor Society Newsletter, February 2004
  • Two paintings appeared on the Fox Network TV show, 24, Fall, 2002
  • "Watercolor Portraits: Capture the Essence of Your Subject with Design, Value, and Color", by CeCeile Hartleib, BrushStrokes: Minnesota Watercolor Society Newsletter, May 2001
  • "Painting the Fourth Dimension," Riverview Times, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1999
  • "Painting Along the River," The Good Age Newspaper, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1998
  • "Ceile of Approval," Sandusky Register, Sandusky, Ohio, October, 1995
  • Interviewed on General Access 35 during St. Paul Art Collective's Art Crawl, October, 1994
  • "Modern Story, Old Style," Excelsior Shorewood Sun Sailor, Excelsior, Minnesota, April, 1992

Organizations

2007 to present, American Impressionist Society

2006 to present, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

2003 to 2007, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

2002 to present, Oil Painters of America

2002 to present, Transparent Watercolor Society of America

1997 to present, Minnesota Watercolor Society

1992 to present, St. Paul Art Collective

1989 to 2002, American Society of Classical Realism

Teaching

1999 to 2002 Portraiture, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, Minnesota

1998 to 2004 Basic Drawing, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1997 to present Watercolor, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1996 to present Plein-air Landscape, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1994 to 1996 Plein-air Landscape, Gemini2 Studio and Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota

1993 to 2002 Watercolor, Edina Art Center, Edina, Minnesota

1992 to 1996 The Figure Outdoors, Landscape and Still Life and Portrait Workshops, Atelier du Nord, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Education

1991-92 Graduate study with Stephen Gjertson, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1989-91 Part-time, Atelier Lack, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1987-91 Graduate of 4 year program, Atelier LeSueur, Excelsior, Minnesota

    1982-86 Part-time, Atelier of Fine Art with Allan R. Banks, Sandusky, Ohio

    About CeCeile’s Teaching

    CeCeile Hartleib has been teaching since 1989 when she began with a few students teaching watercolor classes at her apartment in Excelsior, MN. She went on to teach Plein-air Landscape, the Figure Outdoors and Portrait and Still Life painting workshops at Atelier du Nord in Two Harbors, MN. Since then she has taught watercolor at the Edina Art Center, portrait at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and is currently teaching watercolor classes in her studio in St. Paul, and watercolor and plein-air landscape classes at The Atelier, Minneapolis, MN.

    Education

    • 1991-92 Graduate study with Stephen Gjertson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 1989-91 Part-time, Atelier Lack, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 1987-91 Graduate of 4 year program, Atelier LeSueur, Excelsior, Minnesota
    • 1982-86 Part-time, Atelier of Fine Art with Allan R. Banks, Sandusky, Ohio

    Teaching

    • 1999 to 2002     Portraiture, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, Minnesota
    • 1998 to 2004     Basic Drawing, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 1997 to present            Watercolor, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 1996 to present            Plein-air Landscape classes and workshops, The Atelier, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 1994 to 1996     Plein-air Landscape, Gemini2 Studio and Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • 1993 to 2002     Watercolor, Edina Art Center, Edina, Minnesota
    • 1992 to 1996     The Figure Outdoors, Landscape and Still Life Workshops, Atelier du Nord, Two Harbors, Minnesota

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