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Lectures & Demonstrations

Sponsored by PAAG, the Masters of Art events feature nationally and locally known artists in watercolor, oil, encaustic, political cartooning, courtroom illustration, and photography. 

This contuing education program gives insight on the “why” and “how” each artist fell in love with their medium and style of art. It’s not only informative, but gives you a better appreciation on what it take to “make it look easy”.

Along with demonstrations, professional artists share their experiences on how to best present and promote your art, along with art critiques. 

These events are free and open to the public.

The Hill School Center for the Arts . 760 Beech Streett . Pottstown PA

Mondays @ 7:30 PM

Spring (Mar, Apr, May) and FALL (Sept, Oct, Nov)

"Some Common-Sense Ideas for Honing Your Art Career. A Gallerist's Perspective"

* Thursday, MARCH 21, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Caroline Kearney

Being an artist is hard. You can take training, hone your talent, invest in top tier materials, pay  for a studio, pay for a display space, and still … The business is hard, AND even more: How do  you know it’s working? 
The truth is you don’t. The market is oversaturated, and the gatekeepers aren’t exactly eager  to demystify the process of curation, the nature of networking and sales, or the best practices  and common-sense tools that may help you keep your sanity, find trusty support and explore  the best market for your work. 
Join Caroline Kearney, as she discusses:
• The Historic Idea of the Art Market v. What’s Going on in the Current Art Market • Commodification in the Arts 
• Different Models for Sharing Your Art (and Why You Should Be Leveraging All  Avenues) 
• What the Curatorial Process Often Looks Like, and How to Put Your Best Foot  Forward 
• Pricing, Pricing. Pricing, and… Oh Yeah! How to Think and Experiment with Pricing! • Finally, the dreaded Social Media: some common-sense practices, and why social  media still matters – regardless of if you are selling online. 
• Oh — and of course: Q & A 
Like we said, being an artist is hard, but feeling like you have perspective and tools can make  this journey a whole lot more fun, interesting, rewarding, and, quite honestly, lifelong. 
Caroline Kearney is the co-owner of Powell Lane Arts, www.powelllanearts.com, a new-ish art model based in Collingswood, NJ. Caroline’s experience with art has been lifelong, as her  mother, Carol Taylor-Kearney, with whom she also runs Powell Lane Arts, is artist, curator and  educator. 
By training Ms. Kearney is a vocalist, sound designer, educator and arts manager. She has  worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. There she  worked in the Press Department and as a part of the Arts Management Training Program. Ms.  Kearney has also been the business manager and assistant to photographer Lesha Moore. Ms.  Kearney has been co-producing exhibitions since at least 2008.  
More recently, she is focusing on access problems for both artists and their audiences. She is a  keen proponent of bringing the art directly to the people. This means making a welcoming and  fluid space, and opening access to art through social media, websites, casual education and  conversation, and – simply put – a sharing of joy. 
Ms. Kearney has a Bachelor of Music in Voice & Education from Westminster Choir College, as  well post-Baccalaureate study at University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate in Sound Design  from the Berklee College of Music. 

* DIFFERENT DAY & TIME: Thursday, MARCH 21 – 7 PM

* DIFFERENT LOCATION: Montgomery County Community College North Hall Gallery

16 E. High Street . Pottstown PA

PRESENTATION is on the 2nd floor above the Gallery in the North Hall

PARKING is on College Drive in the parking lot just pass the South Hall and parking garage at 101 College Drive. Use the well-lit Viaduct under the RR to get to the North Hall.

– Go to BOOK AN APPOINTMENT website.

– Click X on top right corner of Message Box

– Click “Some Common Sense Ideas of Honing Your Art Career: A Gallerist’s Perspective”

– Click “21st Mar 2024 07:00 PM

– Fill out Form

– Click “Book Appointment” at the bottom.

– A confirmation email will be sent to you.

  Thank you…see you soon!

"Creating in Mixed Media"

Monday, APRIL 15, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Amy Schade

Utilizing collage elements, acrylic paint, markers, crayons, and hand-made papers, I will demo my process beginning with basic design elements as a base upon which to build. Many times my work begins with a very ‘loose’ sketch or plan, which is sometimes altered as the work progresses or is abandoned altogether as I make design decisions. Works thus far have been both non-objective or image-based. Occasionally I start applying new elements to existing paintings just to learn what may develop.

Amy Schade is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BFA in Graphic Design, emphasis in Printmaking, Photography and Visual Communications. She offers adult instruction for Twin Valley Community Education Foundation and Yocum Institute for the Arts. Her work is included in private, public and corporate collections in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Florida. Member Berks Art Alliance, Art League of Ocean City, York Art Association, Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Signature member Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society and National Collage Society.

I believe the most engaging artwork is created when one successfully executes images that combine the conceptual and intuitive with the real and concrete. Integrating the literal and figurative, I encourage viewers to arrive at their own interpretation under the influence of suggestion. The resulting synergy is unparalleled when my viewers respond not to how an artwork looks, but rather how it feels.

"The Art of Photography"

Monday, MAY 20, 2024 | 7:30PM

Kevin Lynn

Born and raised in the West to a family of cowboys and ranchers. My first interest in art came through 8mm films my father shot of me competing in rodeos. The many hours manually cutting and editing those films with my father sparked an interest, first in the classic films of Ford and Peckinpah. Then later the stills of Weston, Adams, Lange, Cartier-Bresson, Weber, Gorman, Ritts, Avedon, Penn and Peter Lindbergh. An active rodeo contestant throughout my twenties, I found myself at a crossroads …

 

A business and personal setback left me with few resources but great opportunities. Inspired by a play accidentally seen on PBS (True West), I chose to re-invent myself in the Art World. Not knowing what that meant, I left everything …took a one-way ticket and two suitcases to NYC…

The move suited me. I worked as an actor in TV and film until I realized my talent was looking through the Lens. Shooting everything I could, I soon became successful shooting beauty and portraits. Along the way a chance meeting with an art director for a winery turned into a long-standing relationship with the Wine Industry. My work has been featured at The High Museum, and the Saratoga Wine Festival and in numerous publications including the Sommelier Journal, Sonoma Magazine & Wine Spectator. Over the years I have created artwork for 30 plus wineries and several distilleries. My latest personal work has evolved into an abstract form based on my experiences with all things wine.