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Bartlett artist eager to interact with community

These drawings will be among  watercolor ink artwork by local artist Brittany Pignataro display through Feb. 28 Bartlett Village

These drawings will be among watercolor and ink artwork by local artist Brittany Pignataro, on display through Feb. 28 at the Bartlett Village Hall’s second-floor art gallery. | Romi Herron-For The Courier-News

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Updated: March 8, 2013 7:33AM

BARTLETT — Brittany Pignataro hopes people feel “joyful and happy” when they experience her watercolor and ink artwork, on display through Feb. 28 at the village hall’s second-floor art gallery.

And her goal for an upcoming “Meet The Artist” event is to offer an evening “full of conversation and fun,” too.

An instructor at Bartlett’s Color My World art studio, Pignataro said she enjoys teaching beginning and advanced drawing, and beginning watercolor two days per week. As a child, Pignataro was fond of children’s books for both the stories and illustrations, she said, particularly Dr. Seuss and Winnie The Pooh illustrations. She graduated from American Academy of Art two years ago.

“I was always interested in watercolor, even when I was in high school,” said Pignataro, who prefers watercolor and ink over all other media and hopes to write and illustrate a children’s book.

She also aspires to design her own merchandise line featuring her art. “That’s one of my dreams,” she said.

Raised in Bartlett since the age of 2, Pignataro, now 24, attended Prairieview Elementary, Eastview Middle School and Bartlett High School.

At the American Academy of Art, she focused on watercolor and majored in illustration.

“A lot of my artwork is very imaginative and storytelling,” she said. “That’s where the illustration plays into it.”

Watercolor and ink offer “a very lively presentation,” said Pignataro, whose art exhibit at the village hall features animals and people in outdoor settings with bright skies, balloons, kites, or elements of nature. Some also highlight animals or homes independently. Her use of watercolor and ink enables her to create characters with subtle color and attention to detail.

“My last year in college, I was looking at a lot of watercolor and ink, and it wasn’t overdone,” she said. “It was just enough. I really love those illustrations.”

She also loves the fact that local people can experience her work presented by Arts in Bartlett after knowing her as a Bartlett student and resident, Pignataro said. Since she’s taken part in the community’s summer art fairs, visitors have a familiarity with her, she explained.

“I feel like the people who’ve been looking at my art I’ve met before, so it’s cool that those people can see my work,” she said. “I’ve been doing the art fairs during the summer and met a lot of people through that.”

At the upcoming artist reception, set for 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 19 at the village hall, Pignataro plans to interact with guests.

“I hope a lot of my (Color My World) students will be able to come,” said Pignataro, who also works part time at Anthropology, a clothing store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. There, Pignataro creates the artistic window displays.

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