looking ahead: summer classes and ireland
As winter finally melts away in Wisconsin (we had snow just last week) my plans for summer and fall are taking on more reality. I have planned for some down time in between various workshops and exhibits, but it will be a busy time from now through November. A brief run-down of what is ahead:
Later this month, the first Oil&Wax Master class will convene at Shake Rag Alley
in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It's been very gratifying to follow the progress of many of the artists who have come to both my Introductory and Level Two workshops over the past four years, and I look forward to welcoming a group of these experienced painters to this advanced level class. I envision it as a sort of mini-conference, with presentations by several of class members, discussions, new ideas, suggested projects, and a focus on finding one's artistic voice. The class will end on Saturday night with an opening at Brewery Pottery Gallery for Explorations: 13 Journeys in Oil and Cold Wax Medium
--perhaps the first invitational exhibit of cold wax paintings ever...featuring members of the Master Class and last year's Level Two class at Shake Rag Alley. I am hoping to hold more Master Classes in the future, as I know that interest level is high for this advanced class.
In June I will spend two weeks teaching at Cullowhee Mountain Arts on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC--first a Level Two class and then an Intro level (the level two class is filled; there are still openings in the Intro class--click here
for more information.) This is my second year teaching at CMA, and I highly recommend the program--a week-long, intensive immersion experience in the studio and elsewhere, with evening programs and the opportunity to meet faculty and students from various disciplines. The photo below is from last year's class at CMA:
July will be a month in the studio, for finishing and shipping the paintings for Beneath the Surface
, my solo show at the Pratt Museum
in August in Homer, Alaska. At the very end of the month, I'll fly to Homer to help install the show and attend the opening on Aug. 2nd. After that, I head to Anchorage to teach an Oil&Wax Workshop (now full) and visit with relatives. Before coming home in mid-August, I'll return to Homer to teach a two day Intro workshop at Kenai Peninsula College, August 9-11. There are openings in this class--click here
for more details.
September 6-9 I will be in Telluride, CO for an introductory Oil&Wax Workshop
--spaces are still available. This gorgeous mountain town is one of my favorite places to teach and visit. The photo below was taken several years ago as I rode the gondola between Telluride and Mountain village on a brilliant fall day.
And then, the trip that looms largest in my mind--I leave in early October for the Ballinglen Arts Foundation
in County Mayo, Ireland, for a six-week residency. It is an honor to have been granted a BAF Fellowship, which includes my own cottage and a beautiful studio at the foundation's Centre, in the village of Ballycastle, about a mile from the sea. (The photo at the top of this post is of the village of Ballycastle.) I haven't decided yet what I will focus on in my work, but it will probably be a continuation of my explorations in water-based mixed media that I have done during past residencies. The Foundation hosts 4 or 5 artists at a time and many stay for a considerable length of time, so I am looking forward to meeting and working with the others whose residencies coincide with mine.
Several months ago I inquired about the possibility of teaching an Oil&Wax Workshop during my first week at Ballinglen, an idea that was met with great enthusiasm by the staff. So I am very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the week-long class, October 7-13. The class is structured so that participants have several days of independent work/study or to use as they please. Ballinglen is a world-class facility that caters to professional artists, with lodging in shared, self-catering cottages, and I cannot imagine a better setting for the workshop. Full details may be found here