Fine Arts Judge:

CoraMae Zimmerman Pipkin

National award-winning artist, CoraMae Zimmerman Pipkin employs a wide variety of methods, materials, and techniques in her artistic journey to generate interesting and unusual art. Her colorful art ranges from the wildly abstract to semi-realistic; from pure watercolor to batiks and mixed media. She has always loved art but after an injury art lessons became her therapy. Most every piece of her art has its genesis in a strong emotional connection which underlies her creative drive. Not only does she draw from an abundance of materials, but also from a rich enthusiasm for life. Her works have a story to tell and a story that created them. The goal of CoraMae’s work is to allow others to relate to her art and bring warmth, humor, and/or memories to their hearts.

In May, 2011, CoraMae had the great honor of being award Best of Show in the National Watercolor Society Members Show for her piece entitled “Decoding.” This piece also won her acceptance into the prestigious AWS International Exhibit in New York City.

CoraMae holds active memberships in the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, Twin Rivers Art Association of Carteret County and is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Southern Watercolor Society. She has won numerous awards in local, regional, and national watercolor/water media art shows.

A retired teacher of elementary and special education, CoraMae is a believer in perpetual learner and experimentation. She enjoys her position as Chairperson for Art in Education with the Watercolor Society of North Carolina as it allows her to keep working with educators to inspire our next generation of artists. She has studied with many internationally known artists to keep her mind and art fresh. CoraMae stays open to new ideas which she uses to share her insatiable desires to create meaningful art depicting life experiences, love of nature, and gift of creativity.

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