Toledo painter Anne Abate has been making marks on any available surface since she picked up her first crayon. The joy she found in art as a child continues today: the fascination with color and texture, the search for beauty in the ordinary, the peace that comes in standing at the easel. Through her art, Abate encourages us to take a closer look at our world, from the play of light on a bubble to the imperfections of an old chair. She prods us to think -- and smile -- with visual puns tucked into a traditional still life. She captures dark emotions in the slashing broken lines of an abstract and is currently heading off road with more expressionist work. Her paintings have been seen in local galleries including 20 North in downtown Toledo and the Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, and in juried shows including the prestigious Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. Raised in Detroit, Abate earned a BFA in painting and drawing at Wayne State University. She is a career journalist who worked as an editor at The Detroit News before serving as an editor in The Blade newsroom until 2015. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Toledo Artist Club.
Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, 2002, 2005, 2007 (Second Award), 2009, and 2011.
Salon des Refuses, 20 North Gallery, 2003, 2004
MMK Gallery, Toledo, 2007
Holiday Exhibit, 20 North, 2009, 2010, 2011
Now Wow Project II, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, 2012
Disclosed, Toledo School for the Arts, 2014
My name is Anne Abate and I'm an artist and retired journalist living in the Midwest. I paint to escape. I paint to engage. But mostly I paint so my head doesn't explode.
Have a look around. Stay awhile. And let me know what you think.