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Julee Lowe’s Bio

Julee the Artist 09Julee’s artist eye took in everything around her, especially the quality of light, and it greatly influenced her art. Friend Maria Cadwallader recalled, “Light fascinated both of us—how the color of it changes with different seasons, the time of day, and other circumstances—how it changes everything it touches. I would call her and say, ‘The light is so yellow today–like butter.’ She would know exactly what I meant and how it felt—not just a color but a physical quality you walk through and touch. It takes your breath away. You can see that in some of her windows, especially the window at St. David’s Episcopal Church.”

From a practical standpoint, Julee had to become savvy in learning to promote her work and seek out commissions. She was not shy about gaining publicity for her work, and she frequently called the newspaper to share information about her latest project. Friend and fellow artist Susan Brasch said, “I always appreciated Julee’s ability to produce her own brochures and marketing pieces. She figured out a software program early on and had patience and fortitude to produce some nice-looking promotional products throughout the years.” Although she did a great job with public relations, Charlie remembered that she fell a little short in keeping business records. “All those figures were in her head. At tax time she would pour over little scraps of paper and notes in her checkbook to try to piece together the financial side of her work. It just wasn’t of interest to her—it was about the art.”

As the commissions continued to pour in, there came the diagnosis that changed Julee’s life and perspective. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, 1992,” she said, “I realized that life is short and you have to seek out what you really need—right now! I took my courage in my hands and asked Anne Burkholder if she had any studio space available in the Burkholder Project. She said that she had nothing at the moment and it could be 6 months or five years before she had a vacancy. I remember knowing, absolutely, that when the time was right, a studio would be there. I finished my last radiation treatment on July 3, 1993, and I moved into my first, tiny studio in lower level of the Burkholder Project the next day! I’ve flourished in the wonderful community we have there.”