Calendar of Events
The meetings of the Guild are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Now meeting are being held live in Boyer Gallery of The Hill School Center for the Arts (Click Here for a map to this location).
Meeting are held in September, October, November, March, April and May. There are no meetings during the months of January, February, July and August.
The meetings are free and open to anyone interested in art.
March 21, 2023
Artist, Robyn Burckhardt, My Personal Interpretation of Impressionism
Please join me for a painting demonstration.
I will share with you my techniques in achieving a mystical, and calming approach to landscapes and water views.
You will learn how I create my own vision while sharing my impressionistic approach to painting scenic “views”.
I will share under painting and priming plus blocking in land forms/ water. I bring along inspiration, and a valuable critique if I do say so myself!
Be ready to have some fun!
I don’t perceive myself as a realist by any means. Perhaps I moved into realism rather than from it. Currently, I am working on a body of paintings of anchorages along the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore where my husband and I spend our summers on our sailboat. A pervading sense of power accompanies the abstractions and tugs at my memory of our modern environment. Most of the views are flat landscapes and shallow waters, hence my large sweeping skies. Many paintings are completed from smaller pleine air studies. I work with layers of acrylic applied with my hands, rags, and yes, sometimes brushes.
For well over thirty years I have worked in fibers, but admittedly, I have become a multiple-media artist. Seeking new materials to merge with my handmade papers, I became fascinated with metals several years ago. Currently, I am creating large-scale paintings.
My background includes a B.S in Art Education from Kutztown University (PA) and Graduate Studies at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. I also developed a full Jewelry and Metals program while working at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, PA.
Since my retirement in 2007, I continue to work with hand-formed papers in my teaching studio, as well as jewelry classes and workshops at local colleges and art centers. I exhibit regularly in galleries near my home in Chester County, PA.
Our Spring, Summer and Fall expeditions on the water reawakened my desire to paint more waters. I am currently finishing a painting of the Naraganset Bay.
I am constantly looking for newness, and I’m committed to originality.
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April 18, 2023
Artist, Frances Parzanese, to demonstrate Alcohol Ink painting
I will be doing a demo using alcohol inks I do my best work using this medium when I work from my imagination. First, I will explain the materials I use and then I will demonstrate several techniques to mix the alcohol with the inks to achieve brilliant effects. Since florals are my favorite subject, I’ll do a floral painting and hope it turns out well, But, if it doesn’t, I’ll show you how easy it is to change a floral into a successful landscape. My goal is to share my enthusiasm with this brilliant medium.
I started painting in watercolor 40 years ago after seeing a watercolor show in a small gallery in Skippack, PA. I was mesmerized by the beauty of transparent paints melting into each other, creating their own colors. Since I was teaching elementary school in the Reading School District, I used my summers to take numerous watercolor workshops , mainly in Mass. and Maine. Watercolor became my passion, and I’ve been teaching it for about 30 years. A few years ago, I was introduced to the startling brilliance and spontaneity of alcohol inks, and this medium has become a new love of mine. I’m motivated by nature’s colors and designs, and alcohol ink is a wonderful medium to portray them. I maintain a studio at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading and am a member of Art Plus Gallery in W. Reading.
May 16, 2023
Nasr Warour – The Story Behind the Collection
An intimate tour will take place at the home of internationally acclaimed artist Nasr Warour, whose work has been featured in galleries and exhibitions throughout the world. Originally from Syria and more recently Dubai, Warour will lead a discussion featuring representative work from his multiple collections. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions as we view Warour’s private first floor gallery and home studio and discuss the inspiration, development, and completion of his work, with a particular emphasis on VORTEX. Mr. Warour will address how his art dawns as an original vision in which he harnesses natural elements, evolves as he sketches and studies to capture the elements’ innate movement, and ultimately emerges in striking and dynamic forms.
Warour began his art studies in his native Syria in 1984, with sculpture as his primary medium of expression. His unique interpretations of the culture and history of his homeland led to the creation of many large-scale pieces that set him apart from his contemporaries. In his two-dimensional work, he deconstructs and dismantles objects of everyday life. The parts are rearranged in surprising ways, intentionally distorting reality and placing the idea at the center of the portrait. Warour understands how to break the form free from its sculptural silence and give it temporal motion, in large part because of his exceptional ability to use monochromatic and polychromatic colors in dialogue.
His work might be dubbed cubist by some, perhaps constructivist by others, and still others may attach the label of harsh expressionism. While Warour does not subscribe to any particular movement or school of artistic thinking, he has been inspired by the work of the twentieth-century British painter Francis Bacon. In addition, he is inspired by the late Fateh Al-Moudarres, considered by many to be the father of the modern art movement in Syria. Warour’s style is an amalgamation of influences from home and abroad, from the rich heritage of Damascus and Palmyra.
Warour has exhibited his art at forums and galleries in Syria and abroad, notably at the Syrian artists’ exhibition at the Syrian National Museum from 1997 to 2000, the Fine Arts Syndicate in Damascus 1998 to 2000 and 2005, the Latakia Biennale in 1997 and the Beirut Artual in 1999. Warour’s major works were regularly acquired by the Ministry of Culture in Syria until 2000, when he left to reside in the UAE. Warour has exhibited at the Alliance Francaise in Delhi, India (2008); Visual Art Gallery-IHC in Delhi, India; Albareh Art Gallery in Bahrain (2010); Sharjah Art Lounge in the UAE (2011) Babel Theatre Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon (2010) and XVA Gallery in the UAE (2021). He has also participated in several joint exhibitions, international art fairs, and solo exhibitions in India, China, Singapore, Turkey, Lebanon, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Syria, and Italy.