Original article by Gwen McCants
The Whittier Art Association welcomes Annette Atwood as its featured artist for the September Home and Garden Show. A Whittier native, the words that are most commonly used to describe Annette’s award winning ceramics are whimsical, joyous, and above all, delightful; but a second look, and the words of Annette, herself, tell us there is a more serious purpose here. Annette creates with the hope that her pieces will encourage personal growth and healing.
Annette lost her father to colon cancer, and the treatment and cure of this disease has been a consuming interest ever since. She heads the Cancer Society Art Workshops for cancer survivors and their families at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH), and led the Patricia L. Scheifly Breast Support Group’s creation of the tile panels, “Words of Hope 1 & 2”.
Annette has had a successful career both in fine and commercial art, and was commissioned to create the Ed and Ruth Shannon Commemorative plaque for PIH. She has been the featured artist at the prestigious Hillcrest Art Festival in La Habra Heights, and has shown at The Folk Tree Collection, Pasadena, the La Mirada Art Gallery, and is a member of Whittier Art Association.