Biography

Biography
Peggy Martinez, originally from Rochester, NY, has lived in Rochester and Salinas, Puerto Rico. For 18 months she attended college in Kutztown State College, in Kutztown, Pa. where she studied General Art. Peggy worked in banking for 29 years, mostly in Management and Corporate Sales. During the summer of 2010, the artist decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her passion for painting on a full-time basis. The artist lives in Chili, NY, a suburb of Rochester, NY with her husband and daughter.

Peggy is a self-taught artist and has attended many workshops with local and nationally known artists. The artist has actively been conducting lectures, demonstrations and will be judging her first art show. She has been exhibiting and participating at Art Fairs. The artist is affiliated with the Webster Art Club, Rochester Art Club, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and the Yates County Art Center.

Her painting, business, management and marketing experience has led her to teach watercolor classes for all levels, independent workshops and demonstrations for various Art Clubs and Guilds. Her goal is to expand her workshops on a national level, build a solid collection of artwork and ultimately establish and be represented by an Art Gallery.

In June, 2011, Peggy’s artwork was chosen for the online exhibition “We can never have enough of Nature”, at the Still Point Art Gallery. In addition, she received the honor of “Artist of Distinction”, an honor given to a few artist for demonstrating high skill levels within the medium.

In October, 2011, the artist created a painting for the Ibero-American Action League, a non-profit organization with 22 locations and 300 employees. The painting which was inspired by the Puerto Rican dance and culture influence, was trasnformed into a poster to raise funds for latino seniors and childrens programs that have suffered by state funding cuts.

Another recent accomplishment, the artist won 1st place at the Letchworth Arts & Craft Show in the category of Drawing, Painting and Graphics.

Publications
May issue of American Art Collector, under the Xanadu art Gallery
April issue of the Xanadu Art Gallery, Scottsdale Az, Collector’s Catalogue
Summer Quarterly issue of the Still Point Art Gallery, Featured Artist
June/2012, Yates County Fact Book,
July/2012, “El Mensajero”, Exhibit “Gift Of The Rose” and Asthma Awareness interview
July/ 2012, “Imagen” Magazine, Exhibit “Gift Of The Rose” and Asthma Awareness interview
July/2012, Gates Chili “Messenger Post”, Exhibit “Gift Of The Rose” and Asthma Awareness interview
September/2012, Democrat & Chronicle, Her Rochester, Selected as “Woman to watch”

Exhibits
2012 1570 Art Gallery, Solo Exhibit, “Gift of the Rose”
2012 Yates County Art Center, “Thyme in a Garden”, 3 artist exhibit
2011 City of Rochester, Hispanic Heritage month, Group Exhibit
2011 Ladd Agency
2011 Still Point Art Gallery
2011 Michelle’s Café
2011 Ibero American Action League
2011 Rhythm Society Dance Studio
2011 Rochester Art Club Studio, Group exhibit
2010 The Shoe Factory, “Boots, Shoes and Variations of a Theme” exhibit
2010 Make and Take Gourmet, “Holiday Art Sale”
2010 Rochester Art Club, Group Show
Affiliation
Webster Art Club, Webster, NY
Rochester Art Club, Rochester, NY
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Buffalo, NY

Awards and honors
2011 Letchworth Arts & Craft Show, 1st Place Category: Painting, Drawing & Graphic
2011 Still Point Art Gallery, Artist of Distinction
2011 Webster Art Club, Spring Show, Juror Award and Merit Award
2010 Webster Art Club, Fall Show, Juror Award
2009 Webster Art Club, Spring Show, Juror Award
2008 Webster Art Club, Fall Show, Merit Award, Spring Show, Merit Award
2007 Webster Art Club, Fall show, Juror Award, Spring Show, Merit Award
2006 Webster Art Club, Fall Show, Juror Award, Spring Show, Merit Award

Teaching, demonstrations, judge services

2012 Suburaban Art Group
2011 Batavia Society for Artists, Judge
2011 Batavia Society for Artists, Demonstration
2011 Penn Yan Art Guild, Lecture
2011 A Different Path Art Gallery, classes
2011 Watercolor Workshop, Rochester Art Club Studio, Independent
2011 Penn Yan Art Guild, Demonstration
2011 Brockport Senior Citizens Center
2010 Penn Yan Art Guild, Demonstration
2010 A Different Path Gallery, classes
2010 Henrietta Art Association, Demonstration
2009 Webster Art Club, all levels, classes
2009 Irondequoit Art Club, Lecture
2009 Penfield Art Association, Lecture
2008 Webster Art Club, all levels, classes
2007 AC Moore, classes for beginners

Collection
HSBC Bank, Rochester, NY, Collection of Thomas Muller, Regional District Executive. Painting “Amapola”, was presented to the Rochester Top 15 sponsors at the 2008 Latinas Unidas “Reconocimiento” Awards. Among the Sponsors were the following Companies;
City Of Rochester, Eastman Kodak, Excellus, Frontier, Ibero-American Action league, Inc., State Farm, Rochester Gas & electric, University of Rochester and Wegmans Food Market Inc.

Representation
Outside of the Box Art Gallery, Artist Co-op, Fairport, NY