CAA Calendar


Workshop - October 30, 2017

Monday Oct 30, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

October 30, 2017 - Christina Debarry. Christina Debarry is well-known in the world of pastel painting. She has served as president of the Pastel Society of America and as an awards juror for Pastel Journal Magazine. Her work is included in many books and periodicals. She has conducted countless workshops and demonstrations around the country and abroad, including in China as a guest of the Chinese government. Christina stepped in as a replacement presenter last season and wowed us with her masterful (and speedy!) demonstration of a floral still life. She has taught well-received workshops for CAA in the past, and it seemed high time to invite her back. In addition to instruction on working with this vibrant and versatile medium, Ms. Debarry will stress composition, and the elements of light, shadow, design and color harmony in this one-day workshop. See more of her exquisite florals and landscapes at

Cristina Debarry

General Meeting - November 14, 2017

Tuesday Nov 14, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 14, 2017 – Sarah Becktel. Contemporary realism in oil paint. As an Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Paper and Gamblin Artists Colors, Sarah Becktel is deeply involved in the study and research of art materials as well as educating artists and students. Choosing the right products and understanding their lightfastness and characteristics are her specialty. Sarah also serves as Product Research Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America. As a representational artist, Sarah creates unique paintings that reflect her interest in treating subjects in unusual ways. Her subjects range from figures to animals to taxidermy and bones. To learn more about her professional involvement in the production of art materials and to see her artwork, go to

December 12, 2017 Meeting And Holiday Party

Tuesday Dec 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Gregory William Frux. Growing up in Brookyn, it would seem that Gregory Frux would have little opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors. Yet access to city parks and summer camp in Maine provided ample introduction to the wilderness. Greg’s experiences as a painter, printmaker, lecturer, blogger, world traveler, hiker, ecologist and mountaineer guarantee a fascinating evening. He has walked 1000 miles of the Appalachian trail, backpacked in the Olympics, Cascades, Rockies, Mohave Desert, the Andes, Patagonia and others. He has been artist in residence at four national parks, painting and presenting educational talks and guided hikes. He has been an artist in residence aboard cruise ships, as well, painting penguins from the ship deck in Antarctica. He guides an
annual art and wilderness trip to Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. And these are just a tiny sampling of Greg’s art adventures. On December 12, Greg will speak on the connections between his wilderness travels and his art making, as well as his other area of interest – urban landscapes. Find out more about Gregory at


January 9, 2018 General Meeting

Tuesday Jan 9, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

January 9, 2018 – David Reinfeld. Demonstration of digitally altered photography. Photographer David Reinfeld walks, notices, and contemplates the connections between changing city streetscapes and life in order to tell the human story. Our world is constantly knocked down and rebuilt, with the remnants revealing the past and offering clues to our vision and purpose. His photographs highlight the commonalities of the natural and man-made. For him, wandering the streets feels the same as hiking in a remote canyon, observing form and structure in both places. Using Photoshop, David painstakingly layers and alters photographic images to create painterly results which link visual impact and contemplation. At our meeting, he will “deconstruct” images to demonstrate the complex procedures involved. David’s website further explores his philosophy of the relationship of life and photography.

February 13, 2018 General Meeting

Tuesday Feb 13, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 13, 2018 – Sharon Klass. Cell phone photography made simple. A painter, photographer, and mixed media artist, CAA member Sharon Klass constantly creates artwork to communicate her experience, feelings, and sense of place. A champion of photography as an art form, Sharon finds that it frequently takes more patience and persistence to photograph an image than to paint it. She considers her photographs works of art with the camera as the brush and the printer as the canvas. Attention to the details of light, composition, weather, and point-of-view results in photographs with painterly qualities. At our meeting, Sharon will share techniques to take photos with your iPhone or Android smartphone that rival those taken with a digital single-lens reflex camera. Sharon’s website showcases her paintings and photographs.

March 13, 2018 General Meeting

Tuesday Mar 13, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Robert Demerest. Robert Demarest’s background is in medical illustration. His professional work has appeared in dozens of medical textbooks, journals and magazines, and he has won prestigious awards in his field. He is also an accomplished watercolor painter, as well an an author of several books on both medical and artistic subjects. For many years, Robert was the chief medial illustrator a Columbia’s medical college. During his tenure there, he met the artist Jaime Wyeth, who wished to increase his knowledge of human anatomy to improve his portrait work. Robert helped Jaime achieve this goal and this association led to an opportunity to meet many members of the illustrious Wyeth family. Robert’s presentation on March 13 will recount his personal experiences with one of America’s most prominent art families. Robert has been selected to participate in our program because several CAA Members attended an earlier lecture on this subject and recommended it as informative and fascinating.

April 10 2018 General Meeting

Tuesday Apr 10, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Linda Rossin. Linda Rossin is an award winning wildlife artist of renown. As an elected member of the Society for Animal Artists, the world’s most preeminent organizing for animal painters and sculptors, has honored her with an Award for Excellence. Amazingly, she has applied her expertise in this field, with it’s high standards of detail, realism and accuracy, to the world of miniature painting. Her miniatures have also won awards and accolades internationally. When you see them, you will understand why. They are truly astonishing. By definition, a miniature cannot exceed 25 square inches (5 x 5” for example). Many of Linda’s paintings are significantly smaller than that, yet more precisely and richly painted than most artists could achieve at any scale. On April 10, Linda will share her knowledge and techniques concerning this special genre with us. She should also be able to bring along many samples of her work, since dozens could easily fit in a single tote bag! Linda's website is

General Meeting - May 8, 2018

Tuesday May 8, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ryan Fox. For three days in May, we will host Ryan Fox, a watercolor painter based in Raleigh, NC. His award-winning works have been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine and Splash, among others. Ryan started as a freelance travel photographer, and this can be seen in his exotic subject matter and approach. However, Ryan’s use of color and diverse paint effects results in paintings that are anything but a direct copy of his photographic reference. He has mastered a number of unusual techniques, including watercolor batik and pouring, both of which require preserving values and slowly building up layers to achieve darks. Some paintings require as many as twenty layers. Another technique uses a mouth atomizer to spray watercolor paint or ink evenly over the surface, creating an atmospheric effect that is difficult to achieve with a brush. It can be used to add texture or to create entire paintings in an impressionistic pointillist style. Watercolor batik is the process of using traditional watercolor paint and wax to create unique and beautiful batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper. At our May 8th meeting, Ryan will relate his experiences, explain and demonstrate some of these techniques for us. To see examples, visit

Workshop With Ryan Fox

Wednesday May 9, 9:30 am - Thursday May 10, 3:30 pm

May 9 and 10 will give members an opportunity to spend more time with Ryan Fox exploring the techniques described above. We will be structuring our two day workshop a little differently than in the past. Each day will be handled as a separate workshop. You are invited to attend both days or chose to attend a single day featuring the technique that interests you most. The details have yet to be determined, but the subjects will be Watercolor Batik on one day and Impressionistic Watercolor (utilizing the mouth atomizer) the other day.

ryan fox workshop