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The CAA 2018 - 2019 season began with the September 11 meeting at the Trinity Church, 55 George St., Allendale, NJ. Meetings begin at 7:30 pm with refreshments and an Artist of the Month contest. Guests and new members are always welcome. Our October meeting will feature artist Gabriela Dellosso.

October 9, 2018 General Meeting:
Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso, a native New Yorker, draws her artistic roots on both her Cuban and Ecuadorian heritage. Using the human figure in storytelling, Gabriela paints varied subjects including clowns, brides, and homage self-portraits to historical women artists. An award-winning artist with work in many permanent museum collections, Gabriela has been a trailblazer for female artists. Her 2008 solo exhibit at The Eleanor Ettinger Gallery was the first one-woman exhibit there since Alice Neel in the 1980s. She is also the first woman in Salmagundi Club history to have been commissioned to paint a presidential portrait, that of Ed Brennan. Gabriela has been featured in magazine articles, most recently Polk Museum of Art Magazine, summer 2018, and The Artists Magazine, July/August 2017. To view her unique paintings, go to www.gabrieladellosso.com

November 8, 2018: Workshop with Dorrie Rifkin
Watercolor Painting: Compose, Draw, and PAINT Perspective
The workshop, “New York Buildings – Perspective” will cover equally the steps of design, drawing, and painting. Participant will learn to create strong compositions, execute a solid underlying sketch, and draw and paint buildings effectively. Expect to learn while having fun through demonstration, exercises, and individual instruction and encouragement. Level: beginner to advanced.
Morning; Learn simple ways to draw a complex cityscape. You will also learn the importance of design and layout.
Afternoon: Spend the afternoon painting a cityscape.
Students can use a reference photo taken by the instructor or bring their own. Artists will supply their own materials. (Material List will be provided.)

CAA member Dorrie Rifkin (www.dorrierifkin.com) has been an award-winning advertising art director for more than twenty years. Her eye naturally goes to typography, bold color, and design. Her watercolor paintings have won prizes in many national and international juried shows. She is a signature member of six watercolor societies including Northeast Watercolor Society. Dorrie’s work has been published in six Splash books including the latest Splash 20: Creative Compositions. Watercolor Artist magazine featured her in the article “Ones to Watch” (December 2010) and her painting “Leaving the Highland “ was selected for the cover (February 2015). Dorrie’s paintings are in private collections in the U. S. and Europe and her NYC/NJ themed prints were used on sets on NBC’s Prime Suspect TV series. The cover art for the winter 2011 centennial issue of Grand Central Terminal’s Connections was Dorrie’s painting of its interior. Dorrie is a popular teacher throughout New Jersey and New York.

November 13, 2018: Phyllis and Victor Merriam.
Phyllis and Victor Merriam collaborate throughout every step of the process of their artwork, combining digital photography with traditional printmaking techniques. Choices are made as they discuss and experiment. They select the images that they want to develop, experiment with processes and media to create variations of each image, and produce an image that retains elements of the original but evolves through the surprise of process. Emerging technology is an integral part of their artistic evolution. The Merriams start with no preconceived ideas of the finished piece, thus being independent from a specific interpretation. Phyllis and Victor state: “Our art is a record of our collective thoughts and physical work. We revel in the reveal and want to share our vision with others who can appreciate and share our moments of excitement and discovery.” To see examples of their fascinating art, visit their website www.ourownart.com.

December 11, 2018: Steve Zazenski.
Steve Zazenski, an award-winning signature member of the American Watercolor Society, has been a full time watercolor and gouache artist since 1978. His landscapes of coastal New England, Europe, and the Caribbean evoke the excitement, light, and color of those locales. Steve says, “I use the natural and man made objects I see as design elements that combine to form interesting combinations of light and mass." His work appeals to a diverse spectrum of art collectors such as Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Rupert Holmes, Lech Walesa, and Cokie Roberts. To view more of his artwork, go to www.stevezazenski.com.

January 8, 2019: Day meeting: Critique with Barbara Scullin.
Barbara Scullin, a noted watercolorist and teacher, has had her works published in numerous Best of Watercolor publications. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the tri-state area in solo and group shows including Salmagundi Club, Montclair Museum, NEWS, Bergen Museum, and Nabisco Gallery, as well as Metro Toronto Convention Center and Del Bello Gallery in Canada. Besides being the recipient of numerous awards, Barbara has served on the Board of Directors for multiple art organizations and has been a juror for regional and national shows. In her own work, Barbara aims “to attract viewers with a dramatic and bold composition and then hold their attention with the subtleties of line and color.”

February 12, 2019: Day meeting: Hiromitsu Kuroo.
Hiromitsu Kuroo has combined the traditional art of Origami from his native Japan with the sense of individuality and self-expression prized in his current home in New York. In his efforts to bridge the two very different cultures, he has created a unique art form in his amazing folded collages. The canvas serves as the paper, the gentle manipulation of its surface conveys intricate texture, and sanding the surface reveals layers of painted colors. Hiromitsu using juxtaposition and the excitement of collaged pieces of canvas to accemtuate other emerging shapes in his compositions. For a look at his artwork, go to www.hiromitsukuroo.com

March 12, 2019: TBD

April 9, 2019: Amy Silberkeit.
A versatile and award-winning artist, Amy Silberkeit makes detailed drawings and lithographs of landscapes and natural objects. She finds inspiration by hiking in the woods in the Northern Catskills, examining the natural beauty along the way. Back in her studio she highlights their beauty by arranging feathers, leaves, and branches to create relationships between specimens. The use of lithography crayons and ink graphite, carbon dust, and colored pencil allow her to reproduce the texture and structure while dramatic lighting and larger than life size rendering emphasize the beauty of nature. In 2016, she received her Certificate in Natural Science Art and Illustration for the New York Botanical Garden. Amy has created fabric collages, puppets, and dioramas. For a look at her botanicals, go to www.amysilberkleit.com

May 14, 2019 – Joseph Gyurcsak.
An oil and watercolor painter, Joseph Gyurcsak specializes in plein air painting. His paintings transcend the techniques that created them and capture the light and atmosphere of the fleeting moments of life during which they were painted. His interior, still life, figure, and landscape paintings communicate the essence of his subject matter with a bold approach. As an art materials expert, Joe is the Blick Resident Artist/Utrecht Brand Manager. A versatile artist and highly regarded instructor who has lectured and demonstrated throughout the U.S., Joe is a member of the Salmagundi Club, Signature Member with the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and Bold Brush Signature Artist, Oil Painters of America. During his program at our meeting, Color Theory: Unlocking the Mysteries, Joe will reveal the keys to better color perception and manipulations through a lecture and series of exercises. He will address value, chroma intensity, pure vs. hue, tint strength, color manipulations, mass tone/under tone, color temp, and paint making. His website is www.josephgyurcsak.com

May 15 and 16, 2019: Workshops with Joseph Gyurcsak

May 15, 2019: Capturing the Essence of Your Subject in Still Life
In this class, Joe Gyurcsak will discuss composition/design, drawing vs. volume, value, color, edge control, and paint manipulation. There will be a few alla prima demos so students can see and hear explanations in regard to how to establish a successful start and finish in one session. Personal and group discussion along with critiques will be provided throughout the workshop. For more info on the instructor please see his website at www.josephgyurcsak.com. Joe is the Resident Artist/Brand Manager for Blick/Utrecht Art Supplies. Open to water, gouache, oil, acrylic, and pastels. Al skill levels welcome. A materials list will be provided.

May 16, 2019: Abstract Realism: Creating Spontaneous Painting in Your Media of Choice
This class will help you to see the big picture and construct movement and action in your initial brush mark making. We will focus on flow of colors and loosening up, creating a strong contrast, and developing a center of interest in the composition. You will learn how certain movements will lead the viewer into powerful and selective compositions. Instructor may apply watercolor, oil, or acrylic painting demonstrations depending on subject to illustrate the lessons at hand. All levels are welcome. Watercolor, oil, or acrylic media can be used.

Monthly Artist: Debra Manders

Hidden Memory

Debra Manders' acrylic, 'Hidden Memory' was the first Artist of the Month winner of our new 2018/19 season. Debra's abstract paintings are unique at CAA, an organization where most are watercolor realists.

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