Aug. 25, 2011 at 2:31pmA “Slice of History” on Auction at LeMay– AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM Hard Hat & High Heels Gala

Hard Hat & High Heels attendees will have the unique opportunity to bid on a painting of the gala’s “Guest of Honor,” a 1927 LaSalle. Tacoma artist Carolyn Burt’s painting of the Museum’s Mille Miglia conquering car will be one of many items and experiences on auction at the September 24th event.Museum supporter Sally Will was impressed by a series of Burt’s auto themed prints entitled "Slices of History" on display at the reception for the Museum’s ground breaking celebration. Will showed the work at an ACM Board meeting where it was well received. Recalling the event, Burt said, “Sally called me and we discussed the possibility of my painting the LaSalle and donating it to the fund raising auction. I agreed to paint it. In addition to some on-line photos from the museum website, I used photos I had taken when the car was at the Fife location. In a very real sense, this painting was done specifically for the auction.”

In describing her work, Burt said, “I don't usually paint a picture of a complete car. I prefer a more ‘artistic’ approach. If someone wants an exact representation, a photograph is the way to go. What I try to do is capture the essence of the subject through lines, angles, and reflections. The method and view selected are meant to focus on pure design elements… a partial view to pique the viewer's interest.”

“Versatile” best describes Carolyn Burt. Her creative skill-set includes watercolor, acrylic, ink, photography, and chalk pastels. Carolyn studied art throughout school and received her B.A. from University of Puget Sound after spending a year studying French at the University of Rennes, France, and attending the Ecole Des Beaux Arts. Burt continued her education at U.P.S. receiving her M.Ed. in administration. She has taught art at all levels. After retiring from a 24-year career in education, Carolyn fulfilled her dream of opening Proctor Art Gallery and re-entering the world of art. Over the years, she has won numerous awards. Burt’s work may be seen at Proctor Art Gallery and on line at

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