Artist Biography

Consuelo (Connie) G. Bailey was born in northern Michigan and grew up in south eastern Michigan.  She has a B. S. in Art Education from Eastern Michigan University.  Her career was put on hold to marry and start a family.  Her husband’s career took them to the Chicago area.  Her children were both in school and she began taking Botanical and Natural History classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.  She began experimenting with the wax resist process called Batik in 1989.  Batik originated in Java as a method of dying fabric.  Recent years have found artists using the same process to dye various kinds of paper.  She continued to experiment as her husband’s career brought them to Maine in 1989.  Consuelo first exhibited her Batiks in the summer of 1991.  She has received 114 awards since 1983, mostly for her batiks.  She is in many private and corporate collections.
She works in many other mediums including scratchboard and colored pencil.
Paper Batik will continue to be her primary medium; however she has decided to include Scratchboard as a second medium in her group exhibits and art fairs
Consuelo teaches mixed media classes at People Plus in Brunswick.  She takes part in several outdoor and indoor group shows.  A list is available on her website.  She is a member and past Curator/Manager of Sebascodegan Summer Gallery in Harpswell, ME.  Connie is Gallery  Coordinator for Topsham Public Library in Topsham, ME.  She is a Charter member of the Nature Artist’s Guild of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., Merrymeeting Art Association in Brunswick, and Designing Women.

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