Join us for our next meeting!
The public is welcome.
Wed. November 20, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A, Downtown Allen County Public Library
A Brief History of Illuminated Manuscripts and Russian Icons
Justin Johnson will give a presentation on manuscripts and icons dating from the 1100s to the early 19th century.
He will describe the artistic craft and materials used to create these sacred art forms and how they have been venerated over centuries as both works of art and sacred artifacts. There will also be examples of these artforms from a private collection on display and available for sale.
Justin Johnson is the gallery director for the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts – Fort Wayne, IN (2002-present). He holds both a BA (Fine/Commercial Art) and MA (Studio Art –Drawing) from the University of Saint Francis. He exhibits his work regionally and has had major exhibitions of his works at Huntington University (IN), Wabash College (IN), Defiance College (OH), Adrian College (MI), Grace College (IN), Goshen College (IN), Manchester University (IN), and University of Saint Francis (IN). His work has also been presented at Artlink Contemporary Gallery (AVA Award Winner, Midwest Regional Award Winner), Castle Gallery Fine Art, Garrett Museum of Art, Crestwoods Gallery - Roanoke, and First Presbyterian Gallery.
His work is represented by Crestwoods Gallery, Roanoke. crestwoodsgallery.com
Peter Lupkin.Our October program was presented by Ft.Wayne artist, Peter Lupkin.
Theoplis Smith III, Fort Wayne Artist talked and painted to the enjoyment of the membership and guests in the ACPL auditorium. Questions and answers followed. Thank you Theoplis.
Instead of a formal program, we enjoyed a show & tell. Each member was invited to bring one piece of original artwork and talk briefly about it! We also voted on the updated Bylaws. Then… election of officers!
Jina Lauer who is currently the Service Center Manager at ARC Document Solutions in Fort Wayne was our speaker for the April Meeting. Jina discussed the process of art reproduction and how each project is unique. Everyone brought their questions and learned how to translate their vision on to high-quality materials.
Thank you Jina for sharing your knowledge with the guild.
Tom DeSomer attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Tom worked at Eaton & Iwen, Chicago, where he created hand-illustrated storyboards for animated features, films and commercials for clients including Suave, Kraft Foods, Oldsmobile, Keebler, McDonald's, Quaker Oats and Kellogg's.
Tom is currently employed at Indiana Wesleyan University in the Adult Education Services.
Tom presented a step-by-step watercolor demonstration, explaining the various steps and approaches he takes in order to produce a finished piece and focused on composition, value, color, and technique. Thank you, Tom, for your captivating program.
Elisa Ellsworth, owner of Picture This in Print Frame Shop and Wilson Gallery, located at 124 South Main Street, Kendallville, IN. Elisa represents many notable international and local artists. It is well worth the trip to visit her beautiful gallery. Elisa talked to us about getting into galleries and the relationship between the artist and the gallery owners.
We thank her for her visit.
Members Show Veiwing Our first meeting of the new year gave us a chance to meet new members and enjoy our Winter show in the lovely Jeffrey Krull Gallery.
Marta Pequignot, owner of Frame Art & Design. Marta discussed how to get the best results from framed art and matting choices.
Hannah Burnworth, owner of Milk House Studio shared with the members her love of paper collaging and her process of creating them. Hannah loves to create all things paper. Her collage, paintings and paper sculpture celebrate creativity and design, bringing together a love for texture, color, nature and the beauty of everyday life.
Thank you, Hannah for sharing your love with the members of the guild.
Brian Byrn, "A Curator's Perspective"
Director and Curator of the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana was our speaker at the September meeting, Byrn has served as Curator of Exhibitions & Education at the museum since 1981.
The focus of this presentation was Brian’s insights on the role of a curator in an important regional museum. It is based on his years of experience as an active artist, educator, and curator. Thank you Brian for speaking to our group.
DAWN GERARDOT PUTMAN
"Painting on Silk" Dawn was our presenter at our May meeting and demonstrated her technique in painting on silk.
The dominant medium base of her artwork is any combination of watercolors, inks, dyes, fluid acrylics, heavy body acrylics and pastels. She believes the beauty of these water based and chalk based materials is in the unpredictability. Dawn says,"I love to observe what happens when paints mingle naturally on paper, canvas or silk."
Thank you Dawn for showing us your fascinating techniques.
GWEN GUTWEIN was our speaker at our April meeting and shared her list of supplies for Plein Air Painting. She also shared her knowledge of painting water and it's mysterious reflections. Questions to ask yourself before starting, one being LOOK "What is really there? Instead of what I think is there." Gwen teaches private and semi-private painting classes in her studio in Fort Wayne, IN. Thank you Gwen for spending your evening with us helping us learn how to paint water and its reflections. She can be reached through her email or website.
CHARLES SHEPARD III, President, CEO, and Chief Curator of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art presented
“Contemporary Glass, Beyond Chihuly”. Mr. Shepard shared much of his knowledge of the art world and
gave a wonderful presentation of how art developed and came to our country from Europe. He spoke about the art of the 60's and Andy Warhol's art journey. Charles also shared some of his his experiences while acquiring some of the art for Fort Wayne and has been President and CEO of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art since 2003. Thanks Charles for all your great stories and spending time with the guild.
TERRI BUCHHOLZ demonstrated her approach to portrait painting in oil for all in attendance. She shared some very helpful hints in colors to use for skin tones, tools she uses in figuring out proportions in the face and how to transfer those proportions to the painting. Terri explained the different planes that form the head and how the light falls on the face. She mentioned some of the mistakes some people make when painting portraits. Terri's model for the evening was member Linda Hall. We want to thank Terri for a most enjoyable and informative program. Thank you Terri and Linda!
DR. ELIZABETH KUEBLER-WOLF, Associate Professor, Program Director for Art History and Museum Studies at the University of St. Francis, School of Creative Arts.(SOCA) from 2007. Dr.Kuebler-Wolf spoke to us about Abstract Expressionism in a Post WWII movement in American painting. She spoke about Pollock, and Rothko and other artists of the period. It was the first American movement to achieve international influence in New York City.
Challenge to Members: Paint something out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself by changing your usual medium, subject, size or in whatever direction your imagination takes you! Feel free to bring your results with you to the meeting!
DOUGLAS RUNYAN presented "The Printmakers of Nashville, Indiana" The term "print" can refer to a copy of a piece of art- or it can describe an original work created to be produced in multiples. In the first half of the 20th Century the historic Brown County Art Colony was home to several nationally recognized artists specializing in prints, including one of America's premier woodcut artists. Doug presented the lives and work of these remarkable Hoosier artists and their art colony through a PowerPoint presentation of historic images. Doug also shared original prints from his collection. Thank you Doug for an outstanding presentation!
JON DETWEILER, University of Saint Francis SOCA graduate demonstrated painting with oil sticks, which are different from oil pastels. He states "By exploiting nature's color, contrast and design, I invite viewers to reconnect emotionally with the place they call home" Jon holds a Master's Degree in Studio Art, enjoys print making and ceramics. He is currently a studio technician at SOCA in Ceramics, Sculpture and Theatrical Set Design.
Thank you Jon for sharing your knowledge with the group.
Summer Social, Friday June 16, 2017
Members Only. For Details refer to June newsletter.
President, Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey spoke about their four day adventure with Susan Wenger while at the Urban Sketchers International Symposium in Chicago in July. They offered insights and inspiration for anyone interested in on-location drawing. Thank you Ladies!
EJENOBO "JENNA" OKE Associate Professor of Art at Manchester University
As a previous judge of the Aldersgate members' art exhibit, Jenna presented her views regarding what a judge considers in both judge of acceptance and judge of awards. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Manchester University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Manchester University and Masters of Fine Arts from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Thank you Jenna!
MATT MCCLURE Executive director of Artlink
Matt's presentation was on the new vision for Artlink and fielded questions from the members about new activities and programs that he explained were in the works. He explained that there will be an increase of activities in the area of education. It was a very informative meeting.
Thanks Matt for taking time to speak to us.
NAZAR HARRAN Fort Wayne artist
Nazar demonstrated his concept of abstract painting, focusing on the importance of good composition and design. Nazaar paints in acrylic and oil. Known for his large paintings he explained his thoughts on wrapped canvases and his experiences with shipping large pieces along with many other interesting topics from his art career.
JOHN KELTY Member and guild President
John was gracious enough to share with the group his experience and knowledge of "Quick Draw" Painting. This is a process that he has been developing for a few years. A quick draw competition is a timed contest, usually 1 to 2 hours, in which you complete a painting in the allotted time. After the demonstration, he answered questions from members and raffled off his painting to one of our newest members. We were also able to use our new video equipment purchased recently. Thanks John for your presentation.
DR. ESPERANCA CAMARA Associate Professor of Art History at St. Francis
Dr. Camara discussed the Salon des Refuses (or Salon of the Rejected). The famous Salon de Refuses of 1863 was the first gathering of Impressionist artists. The works were rejected by the official Paris Salon. So too, there may be some great works among those rejected by the Venture judges. We will hold our own Salon des Refuses from prior Venture exhibits at the February meeting.
DOUGLAS RUNYAN Longtime guild member
Doug Runyan took the group through a lesson on how to paint snow! He shared some of his secrets of painting snow. The members are to bring their own snow inspired works to the January member meeting for peer critique!
October's Meeting was a town hall style meeting where we discussed the future of FWAG
and the officer positions that will be opening this year.
MEMBER SHOW AND TELL! The September meeting featured member Show & Tell! Members brought a new piece of work to discuss with the group. This was an excellent opportunity for peer critique and member support!
DOUGLAS RUNYAN Fort Wayne Artist Guild member
Doug discussed composition using numerous mediums. He is a well recognized Indiana artist. He offered his knowledge, critiquing some of the guild member's works. It was an informative and helpful meeting that prepared the members for the upcoming Ventures show!
Nazar entered the art scene in Fort Wayne at the former Artworks Galleria. Many galleries carry his works and his media is Acrylic and Oil. He is known for his giant abstracts, however, he paints still life, portraits, and landscapes. Nazar demonstrated arranging and painting a STILL LIFE. The annual Ventures Exhibition has an award for the best still life, so this was very timely.
RICK CARTWRIGHT Dean of School of Creative Arts (SOCA), at the University of St. Francis, Rick is responsible for oversight of all areas and functions of the school. His art expertise is in drawing and mixed media painting. His presentation was about creating depth of space, multiple planes or depth of field. He discussed the use of edges and other artists' tools to reduce the appearance of a flat plane in your painting. He also discussed educational opportunities for FWAG members at SOCA.
The featured speaker, Andrea Bojrab, 2015 Best of Show winner at Ventures in Creativity gave a demonstration of her color mixing technique and the importance of color temperature. She has received many awards including "Award of Excellence" from the OPA December 2015. Her oil paintings are represented by The Castle Gallery of Fort Wayne. Members brought their black and white painting and/or thumbnail sketches they did as inspired by November's presenter, Heather Houser, as well as other recent works.
Heather Houser is an award winning artist (http://hnhouser.com/)
TERRI BUCHHOLZ & ALEXANDRA HALL spoke about an on-line presence for artists.
Diana Fair gave a pastel demonstration!
Andrea Kruse and other New Harmony discussed their experience at the New Harmony Workshop.
PAT DELAGRANGE, Artist & Founder of Busy Brush Gallery
DAN SWARTZ, Founder and Curator at WUNDERKAMMER COMPANY
BRITTANY BELLAM, Logo Design Contest Winner
ALEXANDRA HALL, Member & FWAG Social Media & Website Chair
AMBER FOSTER, Executive Director of ARTLINK CONTEMPORARY GALLERY