Frontier Odyssey – The Story of John James Audubon and The Birds of America

Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

William Souder
Local author William Souder will speak about his writing process and the journey from Minnesota to Kentucky to Scotland and England while researching his book Under a Wild Sky, the story of pioneer and bird artist John James Audubon.This book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Souder’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Harper’s.

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Watercolor Workshop with Andy Evansen

Date/Time: Monday-Wednesday, January 22-24, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Andy Evansen
There seems to be a never-ending quest for watercolor painters to ‘loosen up.’ However, to paint loosely, artists need to have confidence in their abilities and a willingness to let go of details; two things that are hard to achieve. This 3-day workshop will explore ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes to help students paint more boldly. Value studies are emphasized from the outset. Andy will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.

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Painted, Wrapped, Bundled & Bound Workshop

Date/Time: Thursday & Friday, February 22 & 23, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Jeanne Larson
In this mixed media workshop, you will paint small works of art on paper that will be bound together into beautiful bundles of personal expression. Along with collected bits of your favorite poetry, your paintings and ephemera , you will build layers of stories that will be bound with fibers, textured and handmade papers, found materials from nature and wire. You will use collage, acrylic paint and many other mixed media techniques, as well as several methods of cold connection to assemble these art bundles.

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Digging Deep Inside

Date/Time: Wednesday-Friday, February 21-23, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Calvin deRuyter
In this Watermedia/Mixed Media workshop, we will explore how to translate your emotions and channel that energy into your work. Some of the instruction will be based on various concepts of “Expressive Drawing”–how that can translate to your beginning point, or into your finished artwork. We will explore the expressive nature of line, shape, color, and texture and how you might use them to communicate your message to your viewers and collectors through your finished artwork. All experience levels are welcome, but come prepared to really stretch your artistic vision in an attempt to move beyond your current thinking.

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