Judith Kunzlé, a Bay Area figurative artist, and the Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) are offering a new life drawing class, starting in January. The class will focus on drawing the model in short poses, with emphasis on the figure in proportion.
The new class takes place Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 1:00 in Studio Two. The first session starts January 6 and runs through February 9. Tuition is $130 for six three-hours sessions with a live model.
This class is called “Figure Drawing Lab” because students will work with the model in a variety of ways. Each class will have a different focus. Kunzlé will give an introduction before each class. She will also do short demonstrations and give instruction during the breaks. There will be no instruction while the model poses.
For details, please see http://rossmoorart.com/kunzleacute.html.
Anna George invites new, intermediate, and advanced painters to join her in Studio One on Tuesday afternoons from 1–4 pm. The six-week series begins January 23rd.
Learn color mixing and color placement skills; use easily applied principles of composition. Try styles, painting knives, brush types, and new materials George introduces. Observe several demonstrations and explore with exercises and emailed notes if desired. Whether going abstract or representational, novice painters receive help with fundamentals to develop a personal style in either oils or acrylics, implement new ideas, and work on pathways to advance a stylistic approach or technique.
For details, please see http://rossmoorart.com/george.html.
Cassandra Antkowiak offers her popular drawing class, “Drawing and More” on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon in Art Studio One. Winter session starts on January 10 and runs through March 14. Tuition is $100 for ten 3-hour classes.
Drawing is the foundation of all good art. With the help of handouts, Antkowiak teaches the basic shapes, how to make them dimensional, and how to use these to draw anything, in a realistic or abstract style.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn at your own pace in a friendly studio of potential new art friends. Beginners, as well as experienced artists, are welcome. Antkowiak is an enthusiastic and supportive teacher.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/antkowiak.html.
The Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) is pleased to announce that the first demonstration for 2018 will feature Bay Area artist and educator, Pamela Blotner. The presentation will be on Wednesday, January 3 from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Art Studio One at Gateway.
Blotner will begin with a Power Point presentation showing ancient to contemporary uses of felt, from rugs to clothing, yurts to armor, and crafting to fine art. She will then discuss wet felting, using sheets and objects she has made from her own wet-felted fabric.
After a short break for refreshments, Blotner give a demonstration on needle felting. She will create an original object from wool and other fibers, using felting needles. She will also show how to combine felted wool with other materials. And she will discuss resources for felting art.
Time permitting, audience members can try out the technique Blotner has demonstrated, using materials she will supply.
In her Berkeley studio, Blotner creates sculptures and drawings reflecting on humankind’s relationship to nature, animals, science and calamity She is deeply interested in issues of environmental and social justice, which are an inherent part of her work.
Since she began her career in the 80s, Blotner has exhibited in Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the United States. She has also juried and curated many shows. Her hand-felted sculptures are among her newer pieces.
Early in her career, she worked as a sculptor and illustrator for the Houston Zoological Gardens. More recently she has done work for Human rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, Art for Conservation and the Leatherback Trust.
Blotner and RAA print-making instructor Elizabeth Addison co-curated an exhibit last fall entitled “Crossing to Safety.” Addison has also studied with Blotner. Addison says of Blotner, “I enrolled in her “Artist as Witness” seminar and knew immediately that she was an artist of unusual depth and intelligence. Her curiosity and academic rigor infuse her rich imagery. The beauty and mastery of her artwork is undeniable.”
All residents of Rossmoor are welcome to this free event, and refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Marcy Wheeler, RAA Program Chair, at 787-9159. To preview Blotner’s art, visit her Web site at www.pamelablotner.com.
Bay Area watercolor artist Ronald Pratt continues his popular watercolor painting class this winter on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 in Art Studio One at Gateway. The next series, sponsored by the Rossmoor Art Association, starts January 9 and runs through March 13. The cost is $120 for 10 classes, and the series is open to students of all levels.
Winter is the perfect time of year to hunker down in a warm studio with fellow artists letting our creative muse out. The short days and long nights allow us to tap into that dream world where we find our most cherished fantasies and express them in our art. Come join us for some relaxing creativity in watercolor painting in a friendly atmosphere. Remember art is like yoga for the soul, it nourishes us!
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/pratt.html.
Start the New Year with the fun of watercolor painting. Whether you are an experienced painter or just beginning, John Hopper makes watercolor class a fun, rewarding and entertaining adventure.
The first six-week session of 2018 begins Wednesday, January 10 and runs through February 14. The classes are evenings from 6 to 8 pm in RAA Studio One at Gateway. Tuition for the six classes is $75 for RAA members and $90 for non-resident guests.
This is a great opportunity to try watercolor just for the FUN of it. You can jump right as a beginner or come as an experienced watercolorist.
For details, see http://rossmoorart.com/hopper.html.
Elizabeth Addison, Rossmoor’s ever-popular printmaking instructor, will hold a special, daylong holiday printmaking workshop on Sunday, December 17. The class is from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. in Art Studio 1 at Gateway.
The cost for the day is $40.00, plus a $10.00 materials fee.
Come make holiday gifts, finish on-going projects or start something new. Participants will have access to the printing press and to materials for a variety of printmaking techniques, including monotype, linocut, gelli plate and intaglio.
Class size is limited to eight and pre-enrollment is required. Addison welcomes artists and students of all experience levels—current students, experienced printmakers, and first-time participants. “All you need is a creative spark,” Addison says.
Pigment-rich and safe water-based inks and only safe cleanup methods are used.
To enroll, send a check for $40, payable to RAA, to RAA Class Enrollment, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd. # 278, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Note on the check memo line: “Addison printmaking class.” Also include your email address and phone number with your check.
The $10 materials fee can be paid to Addison at the first class. The fee covers all materials except printmaking papers, because the use if paper varies so widely from artist to artist. The cost for paper runs from $1.00 to 4.00 per oversized sheet.
Students must be members of RAA to enroll in the workshop. To join RAA, add annual dues of $10 to the tuition check and include a new member form. The form and a calendar of activities are available at www.rossmoorart.com or in Art Studio 1.
For more information, email Addison at email@example.com or call her at 510- 407-0712.
The Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) will hold its Annual Meeting in Peacock Hall on December 6 at 1pm. The meeting is open to all members of RAA. Members will vote on the slate of officers for the 2018 Board of Directors and a proposed minor change to the 2015 Bylaws.
The names of the Board candidates are: President, Pat Solari (returning); Vice President, Ted Bush (new); Secretary, Linda Towson (new); Treasurer, Murekha Viadya (new).
Each officer is elected for one calendar year term. Current officers are eligible for re-election. Nominations are accepted from the floor, provided permission has been obtained from the nominee.
The single revision to the RAA bylaws is posted in both studios for review prior to the meeting. The change to Article III Section 7 is to clarify that commissions paid on the sale of artwork pertains only to that which is sold in exhibits. The proposed change was reviewed by the Board of Directors and accepted for presentation at the December 6 meeting for vote by the RAA membership.
Following the meeting, RAA Program Chairperson, Marcy Wheeler, will show the Oscar-nominated film “Girl With a Pearl Earring” about Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. The film is based on the 2001 novel by Tracy Chevalier, and stars Colin Firth as Vermeer and Scarlett Johansson as the maid who becomes the model for some of Vermeer’s best-know works.
If you have any questions or need further information about the business meeting, contact president, Pat Solari, at 925-274-1942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new show of artwork by members of the Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) will be juried and installed at the Creekside Gallery on Monday, December 4.
Members of RAA are asked to bring their artwork to the Fairway Room at Creekside between 10 and 11:30 a.m. for jury selection. Each artist may submit up to three pieces. Paintings from the current exhibit will be returned to the artists at that time also.
With each show, a new and impartial professional artist selects work based on artistic quality, creativity and how it meets the criteria of the Art Association and Golden Rain Foundation.
Rossmoor resident and Bay Area artist Jacci Osborn will select the artwork for the show, which opens on December 4 and runs through March 2018. Osborn will also be the guest artist at the RAA Soirée on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm in the Fireside Room at Gateway. His work will be on display during the evening.
All original painting and drawing media is welcome: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawing, collage, etc. No computer-generated images, religious imagery or nudity will be accepted.
Artwork should be between 14- by 18-inches and 30- by 30-inches. However, one larger work will be selected for display in the Event Center.
The back of each painting must be clearly labeled with the artist's name, the title of the painting, the medium, the price and a contact phone number or email address.
A completed Liability Release form specific to the Creekside venue must accompany each submission. Forms are available online at www.rossmoorart.com and in Art Studio 1.
Neatly secured wiring is required on all pieces submitted for display. (No saw-tooth hangers will be accepted.) The artwork should be presented in simple gallery-type framing with neutral-colored and proportionately sized mats. Unframed work on canvas should be finished on all sides to harmonize with the work.
Refer to Exhibit Guidelines printed on page 8 of the RAA handbook, posted on the Art Studio bulletin board or online at www.rossmoorart.com.
Members bringing in work will agree to return in the afternoon promptly at 2 p.m. to pick up pieces that are not selected for the exhibit.
All artists who submit work must be members of RAA. Membership applications are available in Art Studio One or online. Annual dues are $10.00. Checks should be made payable to R.A. and sent to 1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 or placed in the Art Association mailbox in the Gateway Administration Office. There is no other charge for exhibiting artwork.
For guidance or further information, visit our website at www.rossmoorart.com or contact RAA Exhibit Chair Betsy Livengood at 285-6051.
On November 15th, an evening of art, music, wine and savories for all to enjoy will feature professional artist, Steve Osborn. The soiree is a gift from RAA to the Rossmoor Community, where all who share a love for art come together to celebrate a Rossmoor artist. Join us Wednesday evening at 7PM in the Fireside Room, where Osborn will recount vignettes of his life and show his work. Distinctive in his success at making art and making art work for him, Steve Osborn brings his art-rich life to us Wednesday evening.
Steve Osborn was an only child in Glendale until the age of 15. “I was a normal kid who played outside, where I was supposed to be. I had no curiosity about art.” Moving to Palo Alto at the age of 12, he eventually enjoyed drawing hot rod cars, their large tires requiring use of perspective.
Osborn tolerated high school and didn't perceive himself as talented. With a stepfather in the union, Osborn had no higher education aspirations. After graduating he welded at Hunters Point Shipyard. A welder’s life in SF on submarines and aircraft carriers had its perks: "being with the guys and swearing a lot".
Osborn first married young, and the newlyweds wanted more from life. He attended San Mateo Jr. College, where he explored engineering to no avail. Next came thoughts of becoming a psychologist, also to no avail. Third, he took a course in art and anatomy. Using charts and graphs and books to copy from, he drew detailed human forms and was fascinated.
Osborn next operated a blueprint machine for engineers at Eimco. Since there was no way to reproduce worn drawings in the ‘60’s, Osborn traced them, then drew his tracings freehand. He became a technical illustrator creating exploded views of intricate machines and structures.
When Osborn shared his desire to go to college, the firm invited him to stay on as technical illustrator. Osborn enjoyed illustrating at home, going to school, and being in the office one day a week. "It was wonderful: I was well paid, at home, and used my work drawings for my student thesis." He thus paid his way through college in seven years’ time, as his wife and he alternated years attending college.
As a graduate he landed a job in Palo Alto with Sam Smidt Graphic Design. Four of the most creative years of his life had commenced, and the accolades arrived--awards in graphic design and illustration for annual reports, ad work, posters, and brochures; clients included Ampex, HP, Applied Materials, Syntex Pharma, and American Housing Guild. Meanwhile at home Steve Osborn produced his own fine art woodcut prints. The work is clear and evocative. Figures intertwine. Stark black and white take hold of the message with simplicity and power. The ideas behind them seem inexorable. An alphabetical assortment commands attention. A figure stretches to both sides, or are these multiple figures in league together?
While drumming up business, Osborn visited Dugald Stermer at Ramparts Magazine and sold his fine art woodcut print work on the spot. It was time to set out on his own. In 1967, after securing a two-room studio in Palo Alto, he rustled up clients. Steve did three layouts each for dozens of book covers in a single year for Stanford Press, and had fun! Seven years of solo work brought Osborn Studios its own awards and that recognition catapulted business. Osborn also showed his woodcuts at a gallery in SF and taught graphic arts and illustration at San Jose State.
In 1980, an artist walked in with a portfolio. The two dated, and married six months later. Jacci had come from Sunset Magazine. She joined Osborn Studios, and a team of two autonomous artists formed. However, the advent of Apple’s Mac later turned the design business upside down. Consequently. thoughts of adventure took hold, and the couple went off to Santa Fe in 1993 to paint.
Returning to the Bay Area a few years later, Steve and Jacci’s fine art joined the art fair circuit. Steve had the energy for 12 shows a year! In 2008 the market fizzled. At this point fine art was compelling to Steve, so he began learning water color as the couple bought and sold houses for financial gain. Today Steve Osborn paints watercolors rich in tone and design which draw one in to discover fine detail, warmth and charm. He has also been creating cartoons about Rossmoor life and beyond. Three of his sculptures will also be on display at the soiree. One, a human head, is segmented, and gives rise to rumination about the mystery of thought itself.
At 7PM hear Rosemarie Krovoza on viola and Meriel Ennick on flute; peruse the art until Anna George sits in conversation with Steve Osborn at 7:30PM. Enjoy an uniquely edifying evening together!
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