A very special thank you to Leslie Fehling who gave us a wonderful presentation of her art journaling painting style. Leslie discussed why journaling is so attractive to her and how she came about journaling. She provided lots of insight from her experience and travels through discussion and from sharing her actual journals. It was such a pleasure to watch and learn from such a passionate artist. She shared highlights from her many journals and as usual our group asked lots of questions. Leslie also has a few planned trips where she will be teaching about art journaling abroad. If you missed last night's meeting you can learn about Leslie on her website and maybe take one of her classes overseas!. Thanks again Leslie!
At our April 20th meeting we will welcome painter, Connie Clutter. Her presentation will be on portraits of the past. You can read more about Connie by clicking on 'Meeting' at the top of the page or click here.
This month we congratulate Kim Freithaler as our Featured Artist of the Month. Kim is a wonderful painter whose paintings include portraits, animal portraits, landscapes and murals.
Originally from New York City, Kim has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from St. John's University, where she completed an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan.
A very special thank you to Kate Koenig who gave us a wonderful demonstration of her hyper realistic acrylic painting style. Kate provided lots of insight from her experience and education which made it such a pleasure to watch and learn. It's always great to hear what experiences and trials working artists go through. If you missed last night's meeting you can learn about Kate on her website and maybe buy a painting or print or coaster. Thanks again Kate!
Mark you calendars for our next meeting, March 16, 2017 where painter Leslie Fehling will present artistic journaling "Everyday Artist Brings Art to Life". Until then you can learn about Leslie at lesliefehling.com.
We are delighted to feature Will White as our Artist of the month. Many of you will recognize Will's whimsical good humored watercolors. We are also fortunate Will has volunteered multiple years to be our recording secretary extraordinaire and is always willing to lend a hand hanging artwork for our exhibits. He's also not afraid to bring a bus load of art lovers to our shows!
Will C. White was a New York ad agency creative director in the era of Woodstock, Andy Warhol and the Beatles. His TV commercials promoted everything from Alka-Seltzer and Triumph sports cars to Texaco and Pampers. He’s toured the country in a motor home, owned classic cars from the 50’s and likes jazz, steam locomotives and genealogy. He’s done illustrations for children’s books and guidebooks, drawn cartoons for magazines, taught computer skills to seniors and art to both adults and children.
Will, who grew up in Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina, lived and commuted to NYC from New Jersey for over 40 years. When he retired, he took up watercolors, a medium he likes for their luminosity, flexibility and minimum mess. His favorite subjects are animals and people, but his style and inspiration tend towards whimsy, surrealism, and magic realism. His art has won awards, he’s been honored with one-man shows, and his paintings are owned by collectors in eleven different states. He has been a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and is currently Secretary of the West Hills Art League.
Will currently lives with his wife in the Masonic Village retirement community in Aleppo.
“I don't paint what I see with my eyes; I paint what I see in my mind, because as much as I may enjoy the beauty or drama of what I behold, I find the products of imagination even more fascinating. To start with a landscape, for instance, and "build" upon it - is my idea of a good time. Sort of like a jazzman riffing on a theme – not simply an "interpretation" or "artistic license," but a brand new concept. And the more unexpected it is, the better. I like the inventions of artists like Magritte and Odd Nerdrum, and I like interacting with the art as it emerges, so what starts out as one idea often evolves into another. In the end, there is no greater delight than to produce something that has no explanation and yet is open to many explanations.”
Our 2nd Annual Artist Sharing and Pot Luck was another great success! It was a meeting filled with learning about each other and meeting our newest members. We got to see and share our current projects. What a great array or talented, interesting people! Thank you all for making our meeting a success. How could I miss pictures of all of the food?!?! I apologize.
Mark you calendars for our next meeting, February 16, 2017 where painter Katie Koenig will present "Realistic Favorites" in acrylic. Until then you can learn about Katie at www.kkoenigart.com.
Hope to see you then!
We are pleased to feature Sarah Simmons as our Artist of the Month.
Sarah is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Moon Township Pennsylvania. She creates pieces from unwanted, damaged, and leftover materials. Her focus is creating functional and thought provoking work for the viewer to interact with.
Sarah has exhibited at local and regional exhibitions as a member of West Hills Art League. She has exhibited at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, The Hoyt, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Sewickley Public Library. She repurposes books and fabric into jewelry and bags as In Your Clutches, the company she started in 2011. Sarah also creates seasonal and themed displays using recycled paper from books for Moon Township Public library.
Sarah has a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in jewelry and metalsmithing and an AA in studio art from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.
Sarah manipulates and assembles ordinary objects in unexpected ways to tell stories about the experience of being human and fallible. She frequently takes uncomfortable and ugly topics and explores them in ways that ultimately appear deceptively sweet. The majority of materials Sarah uses are unwanted, discarded or purchased secondhand. In her work, she explores how our experiences affect the way we relate to each other, the environment, history, and ourselves. By using materials cast off or thrown away by their original owners, she gains a more personal and intimate view of the subject, taps into the history of the object, as well as eases the impact to the environment.
Sarah's work is heavily influenced by books, physically, as she repuposes books, and as words, which inspire the stories and topics she explores through her art. She approaches each piece she makes as a story to tell. She places the viewer within the tale, or the ‘kitchen’ (as with resting on her hips) and invites the audience to contemplate. To create an even more involved experience she provides opportunities for participation, such as reading, cutting, flipping, sitting on, putting her art together like a puzzle, or even wearing.
This coming Saturday, WHAL artists will participate in the Holiday Sale sponsored by Moon Parks and Recreation along with the Moon Township Garden Club, the Piece and Quilt Club and Moon Historical Society. Bring a friend and get into the holiday spirit while you shop for unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.
A very special thank you to Kim McAninch who gave us a wonderful demonstration of her palette knife painting, vision and style. Kim's straight forward, real talk, made it such a pleasure to watch and learn. Kim had many of us laughing and truly enjoying ourselves by putting her spin on the trials and frustrations of being a working artist. If you missed last night's meeting you can learn about Kim on her website and maybe buy a painting. Thanks again Kim!
Our new logo was decided upon with a vote using our survey. Thank you to all who participated by submitting your logos or voting. What a great selection we had to choose from! Take a look at the top of the page to see our new logo.
Also, don't forget to sign up for the December 3rd event at Robin Hill in the Exhibits/Events section under Meetings. There are still a couple of slots still available.
There is no meeting in December so have a wonderful holiday and stay safe and warm. Happy Thanksgiving!
Our featured artist this month is Storma French, a local artist responsible for patiently cultivating the creative gene in so many aspiring artists from our area and beyond. Storma sees art in everything around her and loves to paint and draw, particularly flowers and landscapes.
She has maintained an art studio in her home for the past 41 years and has taught over 600 students from the tri-state area. Adults and children have learned how to create art under her guidance in multiple mediums including watercolor, oil painting, collage, clay, basket weaving and copper enameling, to name a few. She has also conducted and hosted countless workshops and children's classes in her studio in Crescent, PA.
Storma studied art at Carnegie Tech and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh until accepting a job with the airlines. While raising her four beautiful children, she continued to foster her passion for art by supporting and participating in local art groups including the Beaver Valley Artists and West Hills Art League. She also served an officer for West Hills Art League. Her work has been displayed in countless exhibits and she has received numerous awards. Her paintings are hung in businesses throughout the United States and abroad.
She and her husband, Gordon are avid gardeners. Visitors to their home can't help but be inspired to paint as you stroll through their backyard and enjoy the beautiful flowers and ponds. She encourages all of her students to "....Open your eyes; your heart will reflect the wonders of nature."
On a dark and stormy night, we had the privilege of seeing the beautiful night sky through the vision of our speaker, Matthew Dieterich. Matt gave us a wonderful presentation and shared his passion for the night sky through photos and stories. Matt's enthusiasm for bringing attention to the night sky through his photography was inspiring. If you missed last night's meeting you can learn about Matt on his website and maybe buy a print. Thanks again Matt! Thanks to all of the members who braved the wet weather and made the evening so enjoyable!
Members please don't forget to help choose our new logo under the Survey tab under the Meetings drop down menu at the top of the page. Also, don't forget to sign up for the December 3rd events at Robin Hill and Fifth Avenue in Coraopolis in the Exhibits/Events section also under Meetings.
Our next meeting will take place on November 17. We will welcome palette knife painter Kim McAninich. See you then! http://www.kimmcaninchfineart.com/
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