It’s been a great week or so at StudioWorks. Lots of wonderful art is being produced, shown, and sold. There is a palpable feeling of accomplishment in the air of our studio/gallery that extends even beyond the walls of our building. Recently, three of our artists…Matthew, Terry, and Nancy won medals for swimming at a meet held in Richmond, Kentucky. Congratulations to all three and here is a nice picture with some of the loot hanging around their necks!
Currently, there is an especially nice showing of paintings by Madison Cawein at the B. Deemer Gallery. Marie, Julie, and Dorothy really enjoyed the outing and loved the skill on display. Check out Julie’s new glasses!
The staff at this gallery has been very welcoming and we love the variety in their shows. We learn so much by looking at the work of fellow artists. We have also been lucky in attracting another wonderful volunteer and her name is Katie Hall.
Katie recently completed a her BFA degree from the well-regarded Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She will be working with us this summer and is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in art therapy. As it turns out StudioWorks provides a good opportunity for her to get additional experience in working with people with special needs. Katie dived right in and has been very helpful in the studio. As she is finding out…we focus primarily on abilities and the expressive potential of each individual. Welcome aboard!
We also had a guest visitor to StudioWorks recently! Sally Hardman who once attended our program dropped by to see old friends including Eric! It was great to see her again and this was her first chance to see our new studio. Sally was a big part of our 4th Street gallery.
Matthew Torstrick is among the fresh new faces at StudioWorks. Matthew has been hitting a groove of late with his wonderfully colorful crayon drawings. He finds inspiration for his abstractions from popular culture. Here is a better view of the drawing he was working on in the above image. It’s based on the latest version of the movie “Tron”. What I love in addition to this drawing’s large size is the way Matthew burnished his shapes until they literally shine when the light hits them!
I began this post with a prismacolor drawing by Artis Appling who has also been making inspired art. The other day, the StudioWorks staff were amazed when Artis completed fifteen new and colorful drawings in a single day! We think Artis has a gift for color and composition and is evolving his own vocabulary of symbols he likes to work with. Here are two new drawings including one that repeats his signature in interesting and decorative ways. Artis frequently draws on both sides of his artworks.
Let’s keep the color flowing and here is Natalie Lanier’s latest. I’m not sure of the title and so I call it “Lady with a Peacock”. Natalie’s art has style!
Julie Baldyga’s most recent oil pastel also qualifies for this colorfest! This is the latest in a series that features a toy model airplane and a glimpse of heaven with its pink arbor of flowers.
Eric Huggins is one of our best draughtsman. The tip of his pencil can be so clean and precise. This is a large study of different dog breeds where Eric is experimenting with using non-naturalistic colors. We have many dog lovers in our group who especially like this work.
Lastly, I want to show a painting by Dorothy Elois Hawkins that recently was purchased. Congratulations Dorothy! By now this painting is in the Los Angeles area. This is only one of many StudioWorks pieces that are now in collections across the United States. Who doesn’t love dinosaurs!! Stay cool and see you next week!