the year ahead
It's the quiet time of year for me, which I appreciate, winter weather and all. For the past couple of years--including this one--I've avoided scheduling any workshops or exhibits from November through January or early February. Of course, hours (days!!) are devoted to planning
for the rest of the year, but the anticipation is enjoyable. I'm exceptionally happy with everything on the calendar for 2012.
A quick summary of 2102 workshops and exhibits: Three introductory Oil and Wax Workshops are scheduled in February, April and May for my home studio, and one advanced class in March. Teaching in my own space, where I have everything I need, is a pleasure, and since the size of it limits classes to six artists, the small group dynamic is unique to these classes. (Click here
to read an older blog post about the value of studio classes.)
I'm especially pleased to welcome back six artists in March for an advanced Level Two Workshop. Along with one additional person, this is the same group of five that came last March--to some extent they have kept in touch with each other and they're eager to work together again here. They personify the ongoing involvement and commitment to working with cold wax medium that motivated me to begin teaching advanced classes.
In April, I'll exhibit some of my Ireland paintings at Elaine Erickson Gallery
in Milwaukee, a new venue for my work, along with Allison B. Cooke
, who will show paintings inspired by time in Italy. Work for the show is coming along really well, and the opening (April 20-21) will coincide with Gallery Night and Day
in Milwaukee's Third Ward, so should be a lot of fun.
After the opening I will head down to Mineral Point, WI to teach a 2-day Critique Workshop at Shake Rag Alley
on April 28-29. This class is one I've in the back of my mind for years to do, and I'm am excited to put my ideas in action. Plus, I love teaching at Shake Rag--great people and a beautiful historic setting.
June begins a season of frequent travel, starting with California at the beginning of the month. I'll fly into the Bay Area, rent a car and drive up to Yreka, where I'll teach an intro level Oil and Wax Workshop
, June 8-10. I'm already feeling very welcome there, and excited to see this place of great natural beauty. In the past few years I've had many workshop inquiries by artists from California and the Pacific Northwest, so I am expecting a full and exciting class. I plan to teach a private workshop on my way back to the Bay Area, and perhaps visit a friend or two before heading home.
July 16-20 I will be teaching at Cullowhee Mountain Arts
, a new summer workshop program on the campus of Western Carolina University. It is an honor to be included in the first summer faculty. This class is a week long, beginning the evening before with a reception for instructors and students--it will be great to have time to dig deeply into the work and enjoy a sense of community. There will be lectures and artist presentations throughout the session.
Early August will find me on an extended road trip, first to Dallas for an Oil and Wax Workshop (this one is now filled, with a waiting list) and then on to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, to deliver paintings for an exhibit at Darnell Fine Art
. After a few days in NM, I will head to Colorado to each a Level Two Oil and Wax Workshop at the Ah Haa School of the Arts
in Telluride, Aug. 13-16. I love that town, and the school is a top notch venue. This class is so far about half full with returning students from introductory cold wax classes. I'm looking forward to seeing familiar faces and spending four days with some of the more conceptual angles of painting that can be explored in an advanced class.
That's everything on the calendar...I intend to go back to Ireland this fall, but I'm not sure yet when and where, so I am leaving myself open from September on.
For a complete list of workshops and registration details please click here
The painting above is Irish Garden
16"x16," oil and mixed media on panel. It may be seen at Darnell Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM>