First 2 Weeks of the CMA Summer Series - Let the Pictures tell the Story

• Monday, July 01, 2013 •

CMA 2013 Summer Series - Week 1 & 2
The first and second week of June brought 5 stellar artists to the Western Carolina Universities School of Art and Design, for the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2013 Summer ARTS Series. How does that work? CMA is a non-profit organization that partners with Western Carolina University. We bring the artists and programs, and in turn we use their studios, housing and food service.

The first event of the Workshop week is the Sunday night wine reception, followed by a group, catered meal. This is a great time to get to know the other students and the instructors.

Week 1 was a synergetic week of workshops run by Rebecca Crowell of Wisconsin, Jeff Oestreich of Minnesota, and Lisa Pressman from New Jersey. Students came from all points of the US and experienced collaborative classes, artist presentations and group meals added to top-notch workshop experiences. Take a look below.

Lisa Pressman demonstrates encaustic with embellishments

Collaborative class - Rebecca Crowell and Lisa Pressmans groups work together. 
Pressman gives students quick drawing exercises that help unlock images and creative responses.

Pots drying for a bisque firing in Jeff Oestreich's ceramics workshop

Rebecca's Abstract Painting with Cold Wax Medium - advanced level class|

During Week 1 Participants were able to partake in the reception of the FAM-CMA Invitational Exhibit Reception.The exhibiti is a group show with works from all artists invited to teach during the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2013 Summmer Series. It was a special night with artists Rebecca Crowell, Kenn Kotara, Jeff Oestreich and Lisa Pressman each being able to offer remarks about their art. Seen with them is Interim Museum Director of the WCU Fine Art Museum, Denise Drury. Norma Hendrix is to her left side, as co-curator of this exhibit.

Week Two was all about painting – Rebecca Crowell teaching in the studio an introduction to her Oil and Cold Wax medium techniques and abstract painting concepts, while Stuart Shils had his students drawing or painting in interesting spots in the Cullowhee and Sylva landscape including abandoned gas stations, the paper mill, and other places of architectural and visual interest. The same great group meals, gatherings, after hour café meetings and presentations were all part of the week.

Stuart Shils workshop - students painting at the paper mill in Sylva - 4 miles from the WCU campus

Highlights from Crowell's week 2 class

Don't miss other opportunities this summer - workshops run through the end of July more...