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Elaine Witten to teach sculpture workshop

MANCHESTER >> SVAC welcomes back one of their artist members, Elaine Witten, for her popular workshop, "Sculptural Elements (3D Clay)."

Open to all levels, Witten will teach the class the artistic elements of sculpture. Students will learn to build a wire armature for either a standing figure, standing animal or a portrait and then carry this to completion. Armature parts, wood bases and oil based clay will be available for purchase directly from the instructor at cost. Interested participants are encouraged to register online at www.svac.org where they can also learn more extensively about the workshop, and view a supply list.

Elaine Franz Witten received art education at Connecticut College, Columbia University and was a student at the Carving Studio in West Rutland. She also mentored with Jane Armstrong, F.N.S.S. Ms. Witten's bronze sculptures have been shown in national and international exhibitions, and awarded numerous prizes. Her juried professional affiliations include National Association of Women Artists, N.Y., Academic Artists Association, Springfield, Mass,, and the Copley Society of Art in Boston where she is a "Copley Artist". She is a Trustee at Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier. Ms. Witten's commissions and corporate works are on public display in Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, and Alaska.

In 2013 Elaine Witten became purveyor to the U.S. State Dept. for sculptures to be used as Presidential gifts. She is represented by the Spa Fine Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Three Pears Gallery, Dorset, Vt., Sheldon Fine Art, Newport, R.I. and Naples, FL., Landmark Gallery, Kennebunkport, Me. Visit her website at www.elainefranzwitten.com.

Witten's workshop will take place Tuesday - Friday, July 12 15 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at Studio I, Hay Madeira Education Center, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester.

To register, visit www.svac.org or contact Director of Educational Programming, Abby Pinkard, at (802) 367-1311.

Christopher Pierce to Teach Workshop at SVAC

SVAC artist member Christopher Pierce, will return next month for his workshop "Oil Floral Still Life." Emphasis will be on aspects that make up a strong painting including color, color values, composition, and techniques on how to apply paint in a fresh, lush, and subtle manner. The workshop will garner confidence in students and support them in finding individuality in their own style. This year the workshop will not only focus on painting still lifes and flowers from natural light, but will also include how to use unsuspected objects and/or arrangements to help make the paintings have a narrative composition and edge. Individual attention is stressed. Interested participants should have some experience with drawing and oil painting, and are encouraged to register online at www.svac.org where they can also learn more extensively about the workshop, and view a supply list.

Christopher Pierce is a nationally recognized fine artist who paints florals, still lifes, portraits, figures, and interiors with panache and a mature sensitivity. Along with his stunning portraiture, he is well known for the huge and commanding florals that come from the bounty of his gardens.

In a year marked by rising national acclaim, Pierce was featured is the April/May 2014 issue of International Artist Magazine. His painting, "Homage to J.S. Sargent and H.S.Tuke" won the Speaks to You award in the American Artist Professional League Members only Portrait Theme Show. Also two of his paintings have been named as finalists in both the Still Life/Floral and Portrait/Figure categories in The Artist's Magazine's 2013 annual competition. He was also a featured artist in Still Life Paintings: Still in Bloom in the February issue of Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine. His painting "Alex" was chosen as a finalist in The Artist's Magazine's competition. Pierce's workshop will be held Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at Studio II, Hay Madeira Education Center, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. To register, www.svac.org, or contact Director of Educational Programming, Abby Pinkard, at (802) 367-1311.

Torak to give painting workshop

SVAC is honored to host professional artist, Elizabeth Torak, next month for her workshop "Introduction to Abstraction," which will focus on deepening the artist's understanding of all aspects of painting: color, atmosphere, rhythm, depth, composition, and brushwork while developing their own visual language. Interested participants are encouraged to register online at www.svac.org where they can also learn more extensively about the workshop, and view a supply list.

A professional artist for 30 years, Elizabeth Torak has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country including the San Diego Art Institute and the Butler Museum of American Art; she has received over 40 awards and is listed in Who's Who in America and the Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S.: Colonial to 2002. In 2011, her monumental oil, "The Feast of Venus I," was the centerpiece of a solo exhibit, The Feast of Venus I: The Artist's Process at the Wilson Museum in Manchester. The exhibit included eight oil studies and thirty-seven preparatory drawings. The Feast of Venus I was the subject of a feature article in October 2012 issue of The Artist's Magazine.

Elizabeth Torak: Making Emotional Connections with Your Subject, an article describing Torak's teaching technique and philosophy, appeared in the November 2009 issue of American Artist Workshop. In 1994 Torak was the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine. Her work and techniques are profiled in the book Creative Oil Painting, Techniques from 15 Master Painters by M. Stephen Doherty. Elizabeth Torak lives in Vermont. She is represented by Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester.


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