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Art Lecture: Arshile Gorky: Loving Son, Armenian Refugee, American Master

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1:30pm

Details:

Join art educator, Leslie Ava Shaw, for a fascinating look into the life and art of Arshile Gorky, born Asdonic Adoian, in Armenia in the early 20th century when the country of his birth became victimized by the Ottoman Turks, and as a result, he and his people were forced to leave their homeland.  His own mother died of starvation in his arms, and over a period of 10 years, he created two paintings based on a photograph he carried with him throughout his life.  The traumatic experiences he suffered as an adolescent combined with the efforts of his mother to teach him about his cultural heritage have made Gorky one of the most fascinating artists in the history of American art. Gorky, who was mainly self-taught, is a key player in the development of modern art.  He shared a studio with another immigrant, Willem De Kooning in New York City and was there to both witness and create the extraordinary story of an American art that forever changed concepts and approaches to painting.  A great admirer of Picasso, Gorky’s art became the bridge between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.  While his early work was more figurative, his mature style became much more abstract, with its content rooted in his personal passions and struggles. 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Art Lecture: Arshile Gorky: Loving Son, Armenian Refugee, American Master

Members $12.00
Guests $15.00


Friday Art Group

Every Friday at 9:30am-11:30am

Next Meeting: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9:30am

Details:

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group at the Senior Center.  No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists.  You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life.  There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it.  As a member of the group, you are also welcome to hang one or two framed pieces of your work in the bimonthly art show in the second floor hallway of the Senior Center. The Art Group meets in the craft room on Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30am.

Members only.

Location: Senior Center

Contact: Marion Hansen, 434.974.5662

Fee: free


Lobby Art Gallery Talk

Every 1st Tuesday at 1:30pm-2:30pm

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1:30pm

Details:

The “Talk” is informal conversation among members, staff, and visitors about the artwork hung in the Senior Center. A new show is hung every two months, so there are always new perspectives to gain! Meet in the Senior Center lobby.  The featured artist for May?June is Windy Payne.  Windy resides in Troy, Virginia and has been an artist all of her life.  She teaches watercolor and acrylic classes.  She is a member of the Fluvanna Art Association and the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Piedmont Pastelists

Every 2nd Monday at 1:00pm-3:00pm

Next Meeting: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

pastel-carpenter Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique.

Attendance is usually 15–20 artists, and newcomers are welcome. Group shows are held annually.

History

Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities.

The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.”

The format is a mutual critique—an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique.

Some elements of Critique:
1.  Overall Composition - Division of space.
2.  Shapes and values
3.  Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements
4.  Perspective- Illusion of depth
5.  Color harmony
6.  Paths for the viewer’s eye
7.  Center of interest -
8.  Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”.

All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress,” and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free