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Worldly Watercolors Art Reception and Exhibit

Ben Kuenemann Art Reception – Sunday, December 8th from 2pm to 3:30pm

The library will exhibit the travel inspired watercolor paintings of local artist Ben Kuenemann during the month of December. Kuenemann picked up oil painting after his retirement in 1996, when his wife Sylvia encouraged him to take classes. He switched to watercolor in 2001 and has made painting a regular part of his life. Kuenemann has generously offered to auction off the painting The Gapstow Bridge in Central Park NYC with the proceeds going to the library. All are invited to attend his reception on Sunday, December 8th from 2pm to 3:30pm.

Watercolor by Ben Kuenemann

About the Artist Ben Kuenemann

Kuenemann was born in El Paso and grew up in the Houston area. He attended San Jacinto High School and is a proud member of the “Band of Brothers” Class of 1954, ex-San Jacinto Football players. Kuenemann went on to attend the University of Texas graduating with a degree in Engineering in 1959.

Before he and his wife, Sylvia, retired to their dream home in the Hills of Lakeway in 1996, he worked for more than 30 years in computing/data processing technology. His experience culminated in nine years as the senior managing director of technology at Bear Stearns in New York City.

Kuenemann picked up oil painting after his retirement in 1996, when his wife encouraged him to take classes at the local high school. He switched to watercolor in 2001 and has made painting a regular part of his life since 2006. Since he began painting watercolors, he has sold more than 180 pieces. His “Patron List” contains over 70 names.

The Kuenemanns often enjoy attending artists’ retreats across the country and abroad. In September, they attended a painting workshop in Ruidoso with nine other artists from the Lakeway Painters.

The majority of his artwork depicts recognizable scenes from his travels including images of London’s Big Ben, the canals of Venice, and a bridge over the Seine River in Paris. Ben has generously offered to auction off the painting, “The Bridge of Sighs, Venice” to the highest bidder with the entire proceeds going to benefit the Lake Travis Community Library.

Kuenemann will be available for questions and discussion of his work at a reception to take place on Dec. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Courtesy of the Austin-American Statesman.