Juanita Baldwin grew up in the coastal city of La Serena, in northern Chile. Baldwin’s passion for the arts began when a friend asked her to take watercolor lessons from an American artist. “I thought it would be fun to join them, have a cup of coffee while they painted, and chat. I ended up taking the lessons and developed a real interest in the arts,” said Baldwin. From there on it was history. Baldwin, who now calls Okemos, home, continued to take other art classes in Chile, England and the United States. Throughout the years, she has entered various exhibits for painting and photography. “I’m delighted to have been accepted in several national exhibitions. It gives me a strong sense of accomplishment,” said Baldwin. Currently, Baldwin has photographs displayed at two local galleries. Baldwin’s first exhibition showcases a piece titled “Seated Figure” at the Absolute Gallery in Lansing. Baldwin’s entry is a close-up photograph of a guard stand at the entrance of a scientific facility in Beijing. “The stand was all rusty. The colors were washed away from the rain. To me it looked like a piece of art in its own right. I liked the geometrical shapes, the organic form of the figure and the abstract feeling of it,” explained Baldwin. Baldwin’s second exhibition features a piece titled “Lemons” at the Framer’s Edge in Okemos. It was recently photographed when she came home with groceries as the winter sunlight flooded her kitchen. “The photo reveals only one lemon to show its form while the others are kept in the dark,” said Baldwin. “An observer of the photo shared with me, ‘You transformed something ordinary into magic.’ She made my day.” Baldwin aspires that her artwork will evolve in time as a result of practice, experimentation and the desire to explore new approaches. “Creating artwork gives me a sense of happiness, especially when my final piece has fulfilled my expectations,” said Baldwin. “Everybody should try to discover their hidden talents and enjoy the results of their endeavors.” To find out more about Juanita Baldwin and her artwork, visit www.juanitabaldwin.com. Her work can be purchased at Framer’s Edge in Okemos, the Lansing Art Gallery in Lansing, the Gallery 1212 in Old Town and the Arts Center of Battle Creek.