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The CAA 2019 - 2020 season will begin with the September 10 meeting at the Trinity Church, 55 George St., Allendale, NJ.
Here is the exciting lineup of programs and workshops for the 2019/2020 season, thanks to the fine efforts of our program chair, Glenda Haas.
September 10: Judith Leeds. Judith Leeds is an award winning artist who works in oil, acrylic and pastel. She has created almost 3,000 book jackets, including many best sellers such as THE COLOR PURPLE. Her work as appeared in national and international magazines. She excels at portraiture, and will present a CAA workshop on the subject in October. At our meeting, she will talk about her background and pastel techniques, then do a demonstration. She says that audiences love to watch her portraits come to life before their eyes. We will be looking for a volunteer sitter! Check out Judith’s work at www.judithleeds.com
October 8: Hiromitsu Kuroo. We were very disappointed that Hiro’s appearance last season was canceled due to weather, and he has graciously agreed to another engagement. Mr. Kuroo combines the traditional art of Origami from his native Japan with inventiveness, individuality and self-expression. In his efforts to bridge two different cultures, he has created a unique art form with his amazing folded paintings. The canvas serves as the paper, and sanding the surface reveals layers of painted colors while accentuating the folded shapes. Mr. Kuroo’s work has been widely exhibited in the US and Japan, and he has taught his methods of 3D painting in workshops at the Art Student’s League. For more of his artwork, go to www.hiromitsukuroo.com
October 19: Judith Leeds Workshop, Painting Portraits without the Stress. Open to all levels in medium of choice. Judith says that to capture the likeness of your subject accurately, the most important thing is to learn the right way to look at objects. She will will help students achieve that skill with simple exercises using colors and shapes. If you learn to do that, you can apply it to any subject, not just portraits. Ms. Leeds will explain the differences of working from a photo and from a model, with a photo demo in the morning and live model demo in the afternoon. She will explain what makes a good photo to work from and how to achieve it. She will make sure there is enough time for the demos AND for students to paint. The class will be extended a bit longer than our usual workshops to allow for a critique of works in progress. Participants will need an easel.
November 12: Kumi Yamashita. Ms. Yamashita works in a range of media, used in a variety of ways, and almost all of them will surprise you. Her Light and Shadow sculptural works amaze the viewer because the cast shadows do not seem to relate to the objects that are responsible for creating them. Figuring out how to make this magic happen can take weeks or more of trial and error in the studio. Kumi employs other time consuming methods in her Constellation Series, where she weaves sewing thread around thousands of tiny brads to create portraits so complex they are hard to believe. Another piece was made by carefully removing select threads from woven fabric. Her work has been widely exhibited, including in the National Portrait Gallery. Not to be missed, but if you must, be sure to check out her work at www.kumiyamashita.com
December 10: Dana H. Glazer. Mr. Glazer is a professional screenwriter, film editor, videographer and director who made his first film using claymation at the age of nine. Since then, he has honed his craft writing for the Sci Fi channel and Warner Bros, and creating his own feature films and documentaries. He was invited to the White House to present his film “The Evolution of Dad.”He also is an adjunct professor of film at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Film-making is undeniably a visual art form, but it is Mr. Glazer’s latest project that brings him to us. “A Case of Blue” is a feature film, about a man who returns to his interest in art after he retires, and finds the experience life-changing. Filmed mostly in Ridgewood, the Ridgewood Barn stands in for the Art Student’s League. For more information on Mr. Glazer or the movie, see www.danegramp.com and www.acaseofblue.com
January 14: Frank Czelusta. Mr. Czelusta has consented to Critique our member’s work this season. Frank has studied drawing, oil and tempera painting at the National Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Student’s League, among other institutions. He has experience giving critiques at the Tuesday Painters.
February 11: Jamie Cassaboon. Jamie's current work is focused on still-life and wildlife art in graphite, primarily depictions of birds. His astonishingly beautiful drawings are exquisitely composed and rich with texture and detail. Jamie is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA). He is represented by the Belvoir Gallery in Millbrook, NY. His work has been included in many group shows throughout the US, and from August 13 to October 23, 2019, has work is the subject of a solo show at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference in Mahwah.
March 10: Michael McFadden. Michael is a painter, sculptor, and woodworker as well as many additional creative media. His painting and drawings charm with a sense of naivete and whimsy, but the simple shapes and bright colors belie the intricacy of his work. Michael starts out planning his paintings using pencil, ink and watercolor on rice paper fragments to build a vocabulary of marks and shapes. These fragments are then used to create larger compositions in casein or oil paint. Mr. McFadden has a great deal of teaching experience under his belt as well, having taught private, high school and undergraduate students. Michael attended a CAA meeting last season, when he provided excellent technical support for his wife, illustrator Doris Ettlinger. www.mcfad.com
April 14: Eugene Lagana: You are going to love Mr. Lagana’s artwork! He is an excellent photographer with many skill sets and a wide range of subjects. But he truly excels at macro photography – extreme close-ups of (usually) small subjects. He has taken this interest a step further with a series of staged miniature scenes which he calls “Small Surrealism.” You will call them clever, delightful, and funny. He says he loves watching people’s reactions the first time they see his work. Eugene has shared his knowledge at local workshops aimed at helping participants to get the most from the photographic gear they currently own, including cell phones. www.eugenelagana.com
May 12: Lana Privatera. Lana Privatera is known for her luminous watercolors full of rich detail. She feels a special connection to history, and often depicts historical buildings or arrangements of treasured antiques. Lana is originally from Spain, where she studied Fashion Design and Art History. Her highly realistic watercolor paintings have been accepted and exhibited in numerous competitions, often winning top awards, so it is surprising to learn that her watercolor skills are largely self-taught. Now she passes on her acquired knowledge as an art educator She is currently an instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art and conducts Realistic Watercolor workshops in the USA and internationally. You can preview her excellent and straightforward teaching methods on her website, which features several step-by-step demonstrations. www.watercolorsbylana.com
May 13: Lana Privatera workshop - details to follow.
Monthly Artist: Roberta Oliver
Roberta's very interesting watercolor depicts famous leading ladies on the covers of magazines spread on a coffee table. Her painting was the third place winner in our 2019 Members Show.View Roberta Oliver's page