Celebrate Art with Talbot County Visual Arts Center in July!

The Talbot County Visual Arts Center will be holding their Members’ Show, “Studio Experience 4 U, Year 2”.  This art show will showcase any 2 or 3-dimensional artwork that is done in a studio.  It isn’t plein air or

Diane Mullaly Day- "Dreaming"

Diane Mullaly Day- “Dreaming”

paintings done in a class, but paintings done by the artist, one-on-one time, with their own creativity and talent.  TCVAC wants to celebrate this creative outlet of their members with their first art show at their new location in the Easton Biz and Artz Center, 10 Hanson St.  Easton, MD. There is a $15 hanging fee per artist.  The day to drop off your art is Tuesday, July 2nd from 2-5 pm. This is the second year that we have celebrated the studio work of our members.

Allan Mielke-"Cookin' Crabs"

Allan Mielke-“Cookin’ Crabs”

On Saturday, July 6th, “The Arts Center” will be open from 5 – 7pm to view the members’ artwork. This is also the celebration of The Talbot County Visual Arts Center in their new home.  Unfortunately, in August 2012, the center was seriously flooded. The organization of local artists persevered, and with the hard work of their Board of Directors and Committees, all volunteers, they are proud to be able to open their own doors again to the public.  Their hours of operation will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am – 4 pm.

During Plein Air Easton, The Arts Center will be open to the public from 11am – 4 pm Monday July 15 – Saturday, July 20. The following are the free demonstrations scheduled there, free admission!

July 16 – Jackie Pfaff-Pratt will be a giving a demonstration of color mixing with oil paints on   from 4:30-5:30pm.

July 17 – Jackie Pfaff-Pratt will be giving a pastel demonstration, from 3:30-5:30pm.

July 18 – Allan Mielke will be giving a demonstration of his abstract watercolor techniques.

July 19, there will be an artist doing caricatures from 11am – 3 pm, and, in conjunction with Grafton Gallery, Diane Dubois Mullaly will be giving a palette knife painting demo from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

Talbot County Visual Arts Center is a non-profit organization, partly funded by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information about The Arts Center, please contact Jackie Pfaff-Pratt, 443-385-0411, pfaffpratt@msn.com.

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“Fur, Feathers & Scales” Show Celebrates Waterfowl Festival

Black-bellied whistling duck photo by Robert Lippson

The “Fur, Feathers & Scales”, Talbot County Visual Arts Center Members Show and Sale celebrates one of Easton’s, oldest and most respected events, the Waterfowl Festival, Nov. 9, 10 and 11,

The show will be located in the Church Alley Gallery, 32- 34 S. Washington in Easton MD.

Our members will be exhibiting their individual creative works based on this theme and is sure to be a fascinating, eclectic and some non-traditional takes on all things feathery, furry and scaly.

Expect to see work in various mediums – paintings, watercolors, pastels, photography as well as collage and constructed pieces, found art, jewelry, crafts, baskets, sculpture and more.

The Talbot County Visual Arts Center temporary office (open Fridays 11- 4pm) is located in the Talbot County Board of Election Building in the Talbot County Arts Council office, 142 N. Harrison St. Easton – next to the Talbot Town Shopping Center. Our gallery is closed during renovations following a flood in late August. The Church Alley Gallery has graciously offered their space so we can hold our November Members Show and Sale as planned.

www.talbot-art-center.org
Email: talbotvisualarts@verizon.net

The Talbot County Visual Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the work of local artists. Our programs, shows and classes are supported in part by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Sponsored by the Talbot County Visual Arts Center.
Location: Church Alley Gallery, 32-34 S. Washington St. Easton MD 21661
Dates: November 2 – 29
“First Friday” Opening Reception: November 2, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: 8:30 to 5:30pm weekdays
Waterfowl Festival hours, Nov. 9, 10, 11 – 10 to 4 pm

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Visual Arts Center Presents “The Painterly Tradition: from Hals to Sorolla” with Robert Liberace

Internationally recognized artist, workshop instructor and author, Robert Liberace will hold a workshop focusing on painting the figure in costume and landscape, exploring the dynamic power of the brush stroke with special focus on alla-prima portraiture. (Alla – prima is a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet.)

Robert Liberace painting at the Portrait Society conference April 2010.
Photo courtesty Steve Smith

By looking at artists such as Frans Hals who revolutionized art through bravura brushwork to Joaquin Sorolla who unleashed color with unrivaled abandon, students will have the opportunity to create portraits with the inspiration of some of history’s great painterly methods. Using the fresh and lively approach of the alla prima technique and a rich array of colors, students will follow a step-by-step system which will allow them to compose portraits with great energy and calligraphic beauty. Each day a particular color palette and technique demonstration will be featured. If weather permits. we will venture outside during the last afternoon to explore Sorolla’s approach to plein air portraiture and his method of mass simplification and color amplification.

To learn more about Robert Liberace and his work please visit his website – www.robertliberace.com

Materials list and location directions will be communicated following registration.

The cost for members of the Talbot County Visual Arts Center will be $400.00 and $430.00 for non-members. Please bring a bag lunch. For more information or questions, or to sign up for this workshop, call the Talbot County Visual Art Center 410-822-0966; or visit our web site at www.talbot–art-center.org; or call Patricia Spitaleri, 410-827-6323.

Spitaleri Studio Barn and Farm
October 23, 24 & 25, 2012
10am – 4pm

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Visual Art Center
 Presents “Learning to Deal with Perspective”


On September 8th at the Talbot County Art Center in Easton, Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt will be teaching a workshop using pencils, “Learning to Deal with Perspective”. She will be working with perspective from the standpoint of placing buildings in the landscape and how to determine vanishing points. Perspective has always been a difficult concept for most artists. This one day workshop will be a complete brush-up on all rules of perspective, from 10am – 2pm.

Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt is a well-known and respected local artist who moved to Easton after a successful 32 year career as an art teacher in upstate New York.

The cost of this workshop is $50.00 for members of the Visual Arts Center and $80.00 for non-members. For more information, questions or to sign up for this workshop, call Talbot Art Center at 410-822-0966; or visit our website www.Talbot-art-center.org; or call Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt, 443-385-0411, or Patricia Spitaleri, at 410-827-6323. This workshop is being paid for in part by the Talbot County Art Council and by Council.

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Artist Mary Ekroos to Hold Workshop on ‘Going Back to Basics’

Mary Ekroos will teach a class on “back to basics” painting in September.

The Talbot County Visual Art Center presents a class with well known local artist Mary Ekroos on going back to basics; the basics of how to apply what you see to your canvas, September 19, 20 and 21. Artist attending this work shop will work on the principles of painting, composition, use of color, form and light. Doing this will bring out each artist own distinctive style.

The workshop will be held at the Spitelarie Eststate.

In the morning there will be demonstrations with painting afterwards. Weather allowing, you will be working Plein Air. If not you will be working in studio. Please bring photos of landscapes and marine subjects for the studio work.

“Basics in How to Apply What You See to your Canvas”
Instructor: Mary Ekoos
9 am to 3 pm
September 19, 20, 21, 2012
Please bring bag lunches.

For more information or questions cal the Talbot County Visual Art Center at 410-822-0966, or visit our website www.Talbot-art-center.org or you may also call Jackie Pfaff-Pratt 443-385-0411.

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“How to Apply What You See to Your Canvas” Workshop with Mary Ekroos, Sept. 19, 20& 21 @ Visual Center

Mary Ekroos – Marsh

On September 19, 20 & 21, from 9am to 3pm, well-known local artist Mary Ekroos will be teaching a workshop sponsored by Talbot County Visual Art Center about going back to the basics of how to apply what you see to canvas.  Artist attending the work shop will work on the principles of painting, composition, use of color, form and light.  This will bring out each artist’s own distinctive style.

The workshop will be held at the Spitaleri estate. In the morning there will be demonstrations with painting afterwards.  Weather permitting we will be working “En Plein Air”; if not, we will be paint in the studio.  Please bring a few photo references of landscapes and marine subjects for any studio work.

The cost for members of the Talbot County Visual Art Center will be $125.00 and $155.00 for non-members. Please bring bag lunch. For more information or questions, or to sign up for this workshop, call the Talbot County Visual Art Center 410-822-0966; or visit our web site at www.talbot–art-center.org; or call Patricia Spitaleri, 410-827-6323.

Talbot County Visual Arts Center is a non-profit organization programs and classes are sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council and The Maryland States art Council.

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Visual Arts Center Exhibit: “Bernini, West Coast & Redemption” Opens August 3

 

Rob Brownlee-Tomasso painting:
Siuslaw River (from West Coast series) Acrylic and earth on canvas, textured with soil from the banks of the Siuslaw River in Oregon.

There will be an exciting new show at the Talbot County Visual Arts Center opening the 3rd of August entitled “Bernini, West Coast, & Redemption,” featuring artist Rob Brownlee-Tomasso. This solo show will feature recent works from three different series of Rob’s mixed media paintings on canvas. The opening reception will on Friday, August 3rd, from 5 – 7pm. This display will hang at the Visual Arts Center Gallery in Talbot Town Shopping Center through the 31st of August.

The Redemption series depicts the steps along the personal path to redemption, and are textured with earth from different places in America. The pieces from the West Coast series are paintings of places in California and Oregon, and are textured with soil taken from the sites that they depict. The Bernini series was inspired by the artist’s visit to the Borghese Gallery in Rome, depicting Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculptures and textured with Italian soil.

Rob Brownlee-Tomasso takes his inspiration from architecture, history and nature, as well as depicting highly conceptual characters. He creates texture studies in mixed media, and often they are on irregularly shaped canvases, and sometimes as multiple canvas installations. The acrylic medium, or gesso, is applied with a mixture of sand, earth and/or other materials to achieve a coarse surface. The main goals of his artistic expression are to find creative and dramatic subject matter that can work in conjunction with these richly textured surfaces; and to complete simple compositions that are contrasted with these complex textures. The subject matter is generally a loose interpretation of a specific concept, using simple palettes, which are often earth tones.

Ignorance (from Redemption series) Acrylic and earth on canvas. by Rob Brownlee-Tomasso

Rob Brownlee-Tomasso has been an artist all of his life, earning a degree in advertising design and building parallel careers in fine art and graphic design. “This allows for the creation of fine art with no compromise, in pursuit of art that is pure.” Rob has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Maryland and Virginia; and his work resides in several private collections. Rob’s paintings can be viewed online at www.rbtomasso.com.

For more information or questions regarding this workshop please call the Talbot County Visual Arts Center 410-822-0966 or visit our website www.Talbot-art-center.org. You may also call Jacqueline Pfaff Pratt, 443-385-0411. Programs and shows are sponsored or funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

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Call for Artitsts – Visual Art Center July Show “Studio Experience 4U”

The Talbot County Visual Art Center is hosting an Art Show “Studio Experience 4U” that will highlight the studio work of its members and the members of the Paint Talbot Group. We are interested in only artwork that has been done in the studio for this show.

The show will open for Easton’s First Friday, July 6th with an opening reception running from 5 – 7pm at the Art Center. The show will run from July 6th through July 28th. Our hours of operation are Thursday-Saturday from 11am – 4pm.

Drop off for this show will be July 5th from 2 – 5pm. All exhibiting artists may bring in 3 gallery ready pieces of artwork, which means properly framed, with a wire for hanging. If 3-dimensional work is presented, please make sure you have a pedestal for the piece. There is a $10 hanging fee per artist or you may sit at the gallery for one 2 ½ hour shift at the Art Center in exchange for this fee.

Any questions, please call Jackie Pfaff-Pratt, 443-385-0411 or at the Art Center during Friday hours, 410-819-0966.

Visual Arts Center Presents Workshop “Watercolors with Sandy Alanko”

Red Tulips, a watercolor by Sandy Alanko, who will be conducting a 5 day workshop in June at the Talbot County Visual Arts Center.

Talbot County Visual Arts Center is holding a 5 day workshop watercolor workshop with instructor, Sandy Alanko, on June 18th-June 22nd, from 10 am-12:30 pm each day. This workshop is open to the public.

Sandy Alanko is an outstanding Tilghman island artist. Sandy’s paintings reflect her love of nature. She finds endless inspiration in the salt marshes, fields, woods and harbors that surround her island home.

Ms. Alanko has a Master’s in Fine Art; she studied Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy, and taught art in public and private schools for over 30 years. Sandy is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. She shows and sells her work locally, regionally and internationally.

Using demonstrations and special exercises, the instructor will show each student how to control the watercolor medium and how to develop a pleasing composition.  The student will paint a small still life set-up in the classroom.  Everyone will paint a landscape or another subject of student’s choice.  Members of the Talbot County Visual Arts Center cost is $120 and non-members cost will be $150.  Students will be sent a supply list upon enrollment.  This class will be held at Talbot County Visual Arts Center located in Talbot Town Shopping Center behind Piazza, The Italian Market.

Call Jacqueline Pfaff-Pratt at 443-385-0411 if you are interested.

This workshop is sponsored or funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.
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