Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE AT THE GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!
We will meet at the BACA center in Round Rock, 301 Bagdad Avenue, Building 2
Guest Artist: Sonia Colonna Mathis
Subject: Framing Techniques
Sonia would say that she never really decided to become an artist…she has always been one. True, she took every class she could, including all four years of high school elective and the four and a half years it took at The University of Texas at Austin to earn her BFA in Studio Art. But the deciding factor has always been the drive to create, to translate, and manipulate in interesting ways the world the way she sees it.
Her subjects include her friends, family, and iconic and inspiring animals and objects. She loves to honor the awkward and comical aspects of social situations and character flaws, usually choosing to uphold the flaws as passing institutions that help us discover the truths about ourselves. Surounded by nutty animals and her 3 children, there is no lack of inspiration… and years of ancient and mythological studies play an important roll in the development of great characters.
But endless curiosity with the natural world around her also finds its way onto her canvases in a gentle romantic way that’s full of nostalgic longing for peaceful places and moments.
APRIL 2018 –Will Klemm
Austin, Texas -based artist Will Klemm has shown his work nationally since 1993 and is a veteran of over forty one-man exhibitions. His work appear in museums and corporate and private collections including The Austin Museum of Art, United Artists, Fidelity Mutual, Motorola, Samsung, Dana-Farber Institute and many others. This was a rare opportunity for our members to watch a demo in Will’s East Austin studio, 506 Navasota.
MARCH 2018 – Phillip Wade popular Austin artist who teaches at The Contemporary (formerly Laguna Gloria Art School) demonstrated his colorful techniques of painting an interior scene. Phillip layered multiple layers of color to build up an impressionistic scene beginning with hard pastels in darker colors, slowly working his way up to softer pastels in brighter and lighter colors.
FEBRUARY 2018 – There is a quiet thoughtfulness to the work of Denise LaRue Mahlke. Her paintings convey a sense of restfulness and peace. “My desire is to express through my paintings and drawings, the emotional impact that I feel in my experience of being in nature.” My hope is to give the viewer a deeper sense of connectivity to the beauty of nature.” Denise is a Master Signature member of American Women Artists and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.
January 2018 – Jan Weaver is a pastel painter living in Austin, TX. She graduated from UT with a Fine Art’s Degree, majoring in studio art in 1974. Jan studied with many artists in the pastel field, attending workshops several times a year to learn new genres and techniques. Her demo focused on pet portraiture.
November 2017 – Char Eppright strives to penetrate to the soul of her subjects, primarily in portraiture. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries around Texas and New Mexico. She has had the privilege of painting many prominent people, among those are the retiring district court judges for the Travis County Bar Association, the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Appeals.
October 2017 – Linda Dellandre achieved Gold Medal Master Circle Status with IAPS and Signature Status with Pastel Society Southeast Texas. She demonstrated her pastel techniques in painting street scenes, and held a mini-workshop after the meeting.
September 2017 – Eve Larson is well known as a portrait artist. A native of Austin, Texas, she has exhibited in many galleries and juried shows since 1985. She works in oil and in pastel. She demonstrated her pastel techniques in figure painting. Portraiture, still life and landscape are Eve’s areas of expertise. Ballet dancers are a continual inspiration to her artwork, and she thinks her dance background has contributed a gestural richness to her painting.
May 2017 – Gordon Fowler demonstrated his watercolor underpainting technique, which he layers with pastel for a vibrant and exciting final painting.
Gordon’s work has long been respected for his impressionist landscapes of Texas and Mexico. He’s been a painter for over three decades. The Wally Workman Gallery on West Sixth Street in Austin represents his work and has mounted multiple solo shows for him.
April 2017 – Kraig Kiedrowski, a San Antonio artist, gave a presentation on Degas and pastels, discussing Degas Japanese woodcuts and notan. He demonstrated creating a notan as a guide to painting a pastel, and seeing color as value with a notan as your guide.
March 2017 – Sonia Collona Mathis offered a thoughtfully provoking discussion while visually motivating us to create more artwork. “The Essence of Sonia Marie Colonna-Mathis” presentation included a demonstration of how she uses pastels. She shared how her art journey has developed her artistic expression to be herself AND be collectable.”