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Newsletter, March 10, 2012

One of the great pleasures of putting the workshop season together is creating a community of artists from all over the country. Each one has something unique and special to give when they come, and in turn we offer to them time spent in the loveliness of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the community of other artists. The first week, June 17 – 22, of The 2012 Summer Visual ARTS Series will bring four artists from the North East. Louise Bourne and Peter Madden both live in Maine, Susan Demchak is from Massachusetts and Lisa Pressman, New Jersey. 

Louise Bourne paints is in the tradition of New England painters who seem to show us through the lens of their work a love of northern light. Her work calls to mind the paintings of Fairfield Porter and Jane Freilicher. Her subject - Landscape, Figure, Still life - are bathed in luminous light handled with a masterful control of color. Her workshop, Oils: Inside/ Outside will treat attendees to a week of better understanding color with time given for the three subjects Bourne is versed in: still life, the landscape and a day to explore the figure in the environment. Bourne is also offering students the option of exploring the use of buttery, high quality oil pastels - a friendly medium that blurs the lines between drawing and painting More about the workshop and the artist...


Peter  Madden - When I first discovered Peter Madden's work, I was immediately enticed by the unusual materials he incorporates in his art books and unlikely surfaces for his photgraphy. In her essay "The Body of the Book in 21st Century Art," Los  Angeles author and artist Susan King wrote this of Madden's work, "An alchemist of the street, Madden has turned lead into gold...." I recommend a visit to to see examples of his sensitivity to materials used to support his poetic notions. Conversations with Peter make me certain that his workshop will be full of new ideas, materials, techniques and exploration. More about his workshop...

Susan Demchak - Susan paints in the time-honored tradition of the American plein air painters. Demchak’s work is recognized for her direct, confident brush strokes and for her sensitivity to white space. "What doesn't get painted is as important as what does," Susan said to me when we were discussing this aspect of her work. Working on location can be tricky. I once called Susan as she was trying to out-paint an approaching storm. Our conversation was postponed so she could attempt to finish her work as the winds were surging in. Susan helps students by sharing experiences and techniques as well as practical guidelines for painting on location. Emphasis on assimilating the beauty and energy of a location and allowing that to infuse ones work is part of her message. More about the artist and her CMA workshop …

Lisa Pressman – Lisa's abstract paintings look to me as though she enters her own personal playground when she paints and that each brushstroke, scribble, dot or square she renders is an act of joy. Edith Newhall commented, "Pressman...creates paintings that are simultaneously lyrical and glacial...Pressman clearly loves to paint." I invited Lisa to come and teach a workshop this summer after another artist friend shared her blog post about teaching a workshop entitled Using Mixed Media to Discover Your Voice. I loved Lisa's approach to helping her students collaborate opening up creative dialogue. Pressman's workshop this summer offers the added bonus of learning encaustic, the ancient technique of painting with pigment suspended in wax. Her class guarantees to be a creative playground of materials and ideas. More about Pressman's CMA workshop, Encaustic and Embellishment and the artist....

Youth Week: July 2 – 6

Youth Camps A week of exploring art with drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and printing.
Ages 5 – 8:    9:00 am to noon
Ages 9 – 12:  1:00 pm – 4:00pm

Teen Workshops – A week to become immersed in a specific medium in a relaxed and fun environment. Learn new and advanced techniques in beautiful well-equipped studios. Workshops are offered in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Book Arts.

Registration opens April 30.

View of Sylva from the Library Steps – Spring beginning to show forth.

The Jackson County Arts Council to hold a fundraiser at WCU…    

The Jackson County Arts Council will hold one of Western NC’s largest indoor yard sales on March 17, 2012 from 8am to 1pm at the Ramsey Regional Activities Center of Western Carolina University.  100 booths are available to vendors at a cost of $35 for one table or $30 for two.  Those interested in purchasing space should contact Susan Lanier at (828) 293-9223.  The deadline for vendors to reserve a table is March 5.
The annual yard sale is a major fund-raiser for the JCAC.  All table rentals go to the Jackson County Arts Council and become part of the funds used in grants for encouraging the arts in the community.

For More information go to JCAC

Regional Exhibitions: Fire on the Mountain: Studio Glass in Western North Carolina 
Friday, March 23 – Sunday, July 8, 2012

This exhibit examines the first 30 years of the Studio Glass movement and its ties to the region, providing an overview of the aesthetic and technical developments of the movement and focusing upon early Studio Glass pioneers working in Western North Carolina during the 1960s.

In 1962 ceramist Harvey Littleton and glass researcher Dominick Labino offered two workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art demonstrating the innovative use of a small, inexpensive furnace in which glass could be melted and worked. This affordable method made it possible for individual artists to blow glass in their own studios, and thus, the American Studio Glass movement was born. Soon after, Littleton began offering glassblowing classes at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, eventually attracting and teaching such well-known artists as Marvin Lipofsky and Dale Chihuly.Today Western North Carolina continues to provide a nurturing environment for glass students and artists. Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, offers a range of classes in Studio Glass. Many early pioneers of the movement, including Mark Peiser, William Bernstein, Ken Carder and Richard Ritter, still live and work in the region and have since been joined by a host of new glass artists. Together these artists carry on the important techniques and traditions of Studio Glass that contribute greatly to the aesthetic and cultural heritage of Western North Carolina.Fire on the Mountain: Studio Glass in Western North Carolina was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Ms. Ditta Weiner, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Progress Energy, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Mr. Ray Griffin and Mr. Thom Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. Hank Strauss. Fire on the Mountain is one of many exhibitions organized by institutions across the nation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement.

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About the Artists…
During the 2012 Summer Series of Workshops and Programs, many amazing artists will be coming to the campus of WCU. Featured below are two artists with updates of their creative work:

“For Printmaker Jean Gumpper, whose preferred subject matter is water, an artist residency in Death Valley last April presented some very literal challenges. But as she discovered during her time there, water and the life it provides are abundant even in the hottest desert when you’re paying attention.”  Take a look at these two gorgeous videos. The first 4 ½ minute video pairs Jean’s narrative of her experience with exquisite photographs of the desert. In the second video, 2 ½ minutes, Gumpper discusses the process of reduction woodcut matched with images of the work she accomplished during her residency.

Jean’s workshop, Transforming the Landscape with Reduction Woodcut, is July 22 – 27.  

Master Printmaker, Dan Welden is the creator of the non-toxic method of printing with solar sensitive plates – these plates are his inventions. Welden has an active schedule of teaching and art making throughout the year, around the globe. His winter included several weeks in California doing both. Welden exhibited in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture Jan. 30, through Wednesday, March 7 as part of the 2011-2012 Artists and Speakers Series… The artist, who is also a painter, is an innovator at the forefront of the alternative health- and safety-oriented movement of printmaking. As a teacher, he has inspired students around the world with demonstrations of how to make prints, including the use of both intaglio and relief plates, without the use of acids or other dangerous chemicals. He is co-author of "Printmaking in the Sun," the comprehensive manual of Solarplate techniques, and is currently working on an updated edition. Welden will be teaching the workshop Solar Plate Etching, July 15 – 20, 2012

"Boone Bingo," mixed media by Dan Welden.