I've come to regard art as a community event---artists need to put their art out in the world, and the artist and public benefit when they view the art together. Ideally, everyone's life is changed (enhanced?) by the experience of seeing and talking about art. Questions abound: "why did you paint this?", "how did you paint this?", and "where do you get your ideas?"--all are relevant and worthy of discussion. Once in awhile, a sale is made, but that's not the sole measure of an artist's success.
For me, sharing my techniques and thought process to a group of interested people is integral to my life as an artist. In addition to teaching, I look for opportunities to demonstrate painting techniques in front of an audience. My hope is that I will inspire another person to pick up a brush and express themselves through art. This fall, I will be sharing art techniques and information at the following events:
Paint Your Art Out!
September 6 – October 18, 2014
Siren Nation’s annual celebration of visual art, including live painting demos, silent art auction and a showcase of artwork (all under $200) by over 40 Northwest artists.
Opening night: Saturday, September 6, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington St., Portland OR
How to Prepare For A Solo Art Exhibit
Saturday Sept. 20, 2014 at Village Gallery of Arts
You’ve worked hard to develop a cohesive body of work. Perhaps you’re thinking about having a solo show but you aren’t sure how to prepare your work, publicize your show, or hold a reception. How do you make the most of this opportunity and make it a valuable experience for you and your audience? After all, this is your chance to leverage
your solo show into potential sales and future exhibit (or commission) opportunities.
VGA member Liz Walker will address these issues and more in a 2 hour workshop, designed for fledgling and experienced artists alike. Considerations will include: selecting and framing/preparing your artwork, purchasing mats and frames (including some do-it-yourself ideas), writing/tailoring your artist’s statement for a specific show, planning and publicizing your show and reception (including some online ideas), and providing an artist’s talk or demo to create more “buzz”. Find out how to plan your solo show every step of the way, so that you and your art can be seen in the very best light.
Washington County Open Studios: Free Demo at Village Gallery of Arts
Saturday Oct. 18 from 11am-2pm; I will be doing a demo of acrylic marbling. See how patterns are created in the marbling tray and instantly transferred to paper and canvases.
Workshop: Acrylic Explorations on Canvasboard and Paper
Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Village Gallery of Arts
10am-2pm (please bring a sack lunch)
Create a small finished painting (or several) in one session and learn some new methods of applying acrylic paint on prepared papers and canvas boards (provided by Liz). This workshop is ideal for all levels of painters, providing a fresh, fool-proof way to paint without fear.