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Upcoming Workshops at Mena Art Gallery

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –

garrison1-cmykThis fall there will be great opportunities for artists to improve their skills right here at home. Here are some of the details:

On September 12, Greg Disch will conduct a photography workshop from 10 am to 4 pm. It will include such things as “hyperfocal distance” and “live view focusing.” You will learn how to get the most from the sky, create sunbursts, research locations, improve your composition, build panoramas and create natural HDR images. Greg is an excellent photographer with well over 20 years experience. To see some of his work, check out his website www.gallery.gregdisch.com. Fee for this one-day workshop is $75; call the gallery at479-394-3880 to sign up.

There are two painting workshops coming up in October as a part of the Art of the Heartland national juried painting competition being held in the gallery: Nancy Meadows Taylor will teach “How to Paint Beautiful Water” and Bill Garrison will conduct a plein-air landscape painting workshop.

On October 8, 9, and 10, Arkansas plein-air landscape painter Bill Garrison will have a workshop where he will first demonstrate his painting technique and then assist students individually. For more details and a look at some of Bill’s paintings, go to his website: http://pages.suddenlink.net/billandgloria/ where you will find his biography, paintings, and the supply list for his workshop. Fee for this three-day workshop is $300.

On October 12, 13, and 14, Nancy Meadows Taylor will teach students how to paint beautiful water. They can work in either oils or watercolor. For background information about Nancy and a look at some of her work, go to her website: http://nancymeadowstaylor.com/. Fee for this three-day workshop is $300.

Ann Dahm will hold a two day Realistic Glazed Ceramic Flower Workshop on September 17 from 10 am to noon and September 24 from 10 am to noon. The first day students will make clay flowers. Ann will fire them and on the second day the students will glaze and complete. The cost will be $25 per person and there is a 10 person limit for the class.

You can sign up for any of these by calling Mena Art Gallery, 479-394-3880. You will also find entry forms online for the two painting workshops and the photo shoot athttp://theartoftheheartland.com/ under “Events.”

And to add to the fun, there will be a Paint Out and Photo Shoot led by a local photographer on Saturday, October 10. You can visit several locations with Betty Acheson and take photos at each. This is a great opportunity to go with a guide to some of the most beautiful locations we are blessed with. Details about this are available on http://theartoftheheartland.com/ under “Events” also. If you are a plein air painter and feel comfortable going out on your own, we can supply a list of locations and directions. Or you can follow Betty and set up your easel at whichever location most appeals to you rather than continuing with the rest of the trip. To sign up, call the gallery at 479-394-3880.

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