Some of the twenty members in attendance at the August lunch meeting look and listen as Annette Tomek shows off her latest oil painting.
If you didn’t come today, we missed you– but today’s lunch session was great! We had a big turnout, discussed a lot of Arts Council related things (Annette Tomek is going to help us out with some publicity for future events! Shryl Miles is donating a large, professional grade mat cutter to the Council!! Maria Speiss –she’s helping Chris with the SPRARTS web site–was there and we talked to everyone about getting their personal page up—or updated—on the web site; etc.); and most people did bring something to share or ask for help with (Gail Klein brought in some beautiful wood carvings that we will be putting on display in the Benson City Grill when we change artists in September. Bill Smith brought the maquette for a mountain lion sculpture he is getting ready to cast. Jim Kidd showed a really neat photo he took while driving 70 mph through a tunnel while holding his camera out the window of his car!! Plus there were lots of paintings for show and tell or critique.) What a talented, creative group of people!!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the “open forum” format, so I think we’ll try to schedule one every six months or so.
Benson Hospital employee Arlena Vigil stands in front of one of her favorite works in the new exhibit at the Hospital. The painting, entitled “Status Symbols,” is by Arts Council member Carl Sanders, and is representative of the 112 paintings and photographs currently on display. Arlena, whose Jicarilla Apache name is “Hay’ona,” says she especially enjoys paintings depicting animals and Native American themes, and that she loves seeing the art in the hospital.
The San Pedro River Arts Council has recently finished installation of a new exhibition of art and photography at the Benson City Hospital. Thirty member/artists have contributed to the current display, which includes 112 works in various media. This exhibit, which hangs in corridors, offices, dining area, and patient rooms throughout the hospital, will remain on display until late January as part of the Arts Council “Art Around Town” program.
Richard Polheber, Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, stated that staff, visitors, and patients alike are very pleased to have the artwork on display as it makes for a more pleasant environment and generally provides color and visual interest on the walls. Members of the Arts Council are happy to share their work in partnership with the Hospital.
Professional photographer and Arts Council member Cheryl Rogos was the presenter at the monthly Lunch and Learn session held at the Benson Museum in July. We had a standing room only crowd in attendance, with all levels of photographic experience represented, and we were treated to a very informative and interesting program.
So THAT’S what that little button is for!
One of the first things Cheryl suggested any photographer should do is to become very familiar with your camera—emphasizing that the place to start is with reading the owner’s manual! Well really—how obvious; but how many of us have actually done that!!
Cheryl used examples of her own photography to illustrate the different results obtained when the photographer has a thorough understanding of the functions available on the camera. A striking example was a series of photos showing the different effects obtainable just by changing the white balance setting in the menu selection. The results were dramatic, and could make the difference between an “ordinary” photo and an outstanding one.
Cheryl also discussed the importance of composition in obtaining a good shot— eliminate background clutter, shoot a familiar subject from an unusual angle, try a telephoto lens; but above all, try to tell a story that will engage the viewer.
There is a good possibility that Cheryl will offer a “hands on” photography workshop –possibly to be held at the Empire Ranch in Sonoita—later this Fall. We’ll post more information as soon as the details are confirmed. Meanwhile, everyone be thinking about what you will be entering in the big October Photography Show!!
Chris, Brenda, Shryl, and Bob are excited to see what’s coming out of the printer on an early run.
Our first ever giclee printing session was a success, and I think we learned something about the process and scheduling so that future sessions can go even more smoothly. Many thanks to our first “guinea pigs”—Brenda Peo, Shryl Miles, Cheryl Rogos, Janet Hearn, and Barbara Hanson. And a special thank you to Christina for doing the actual printing; to Darlene for coming down to take photos, and to Bob Heath for providing the muscle and lift for the day (he had to get the printer off the top of the cabinet and replace it at the end of the day—something none of the ladies wanted to tackle)!!
Shryl, Brenda, and Cheryl Rogos check the color balance against the original artwork.
Chris and Brenda show off a very successful print!
For our June Lunch and Learn session, Clement Scott gave an excellent presentation on the importance of learning from master painters through the use of doing “master studies.” This is a way to use the art work of a recognized artist as a basis for learning and improving one’s own work. By “copying” a master work, the artist gains insight into the creative process of the master, and can observe how problems were solved, how paint was applied, study the brush strokes, etc.
Copying the masters is a time honored practice and one that is used in most art schools. Clement uses these studies to help understand what makes a given painting “work,” and recommends the practice as a useful tool for ANY artist.
For his demonstration, Clement worked with a self-portrait by artist Andrew Zorn to show the process he uses when creating a master study. Clement also used the limited color palette—red oxide, yellow ocher, black and white-established by Zorn. Clement feels that an advantage to using this limited palette for studies is that it allows the painter to concentrate on establishing correct values without the distraction of unlimited color choices.
Finally, Clement encouraged those attending to always “paint like a millionaire.” In other words, don’t skimp when applying paint to the canvas!
In a little more than one hour of painting (and answering questions from the audience) Clement had created a very credible copy of the original work. Very impressive!
written by Shryl and Linda
Photos by Brenda