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January Free Classes in Acrylic Printmaking

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Free Basic Classes in Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate sponsored by the Irving Art Association.

Instructor: Sharon Giles

January 5, 12 & 26, 2017 7-9 pm (Thursday evenings) at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving.  Register Now!

Learn printmaking without a press:  Explore this fascinating new tool to create prints or the start for a painting…

And put the fun back into your art! If you’re perfectionistic or have a fear of making a wrong mark or ruining a piece of art paper, gelli printing will definitely remove it. You will make lots of art! And it will be messy, but fun.

Basic supplies will be provided. (Acrylic paint, paper, brayer, water container, spray bottle, Gelli Plate, stencils, masks, paper towels and other tools.) (Sorry, you don’t get to keep the supplies, just the results.) If you have a gel or gelli plate and brayer, please bring those. If you wish to bring additional supplies, you can. (Stencils, masks, mark-making tools, paper and your favorite colors of acrylics in any brand.) Bring an apron or wear grunge clothes.

For information on Gelli Arts Plates, see http://www.gelliarts.com/ or for Gel Press Plates, see http://www.gelpress.com/. You can also make your own — see Sharon’s article. Plus there are many videos on gelli printing on YouTube.



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Acrylic Abstract Classes with Kim Collins

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Price:  $225 for 6 weeks

Class dates:  Tuesday mornings – April 5 to May 10,   10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Thursday evenings – April 7 to May 12,  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location:  Elm Street Studio, 139 S. Elm Street, Keller, TX 76248

Age:  adults

In this course you will learn about acrylic paints and a variety of techniques for creating abstract paintings.  No previous experience is needed!  You will learn how to see abstract compositions within your own reference photos that you can use to complete an abstract painting, and also be introduced to new tips and methods each session.  In addition to abstraction, you will learn some basics about color, composition and design.  Students will finish several small paintings during this course.

To register: elmstreetstudiokeller.com

Or contact:  Kim Collins

Email:  k_g_collins@sbcglobal.net

Phone:  817-929-3721

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Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate March 17


Acrylic Printmaking with a Gelli Plate

Thursday, March 17th 10 am – 3 pm (with an hour break for lunch)

Instructor: Sharon Giles

Put the fun back into your art! Learn how to do acrylic monoprints by using a Gelli Plate.  No press needed! If you’re perfectionistic or have a fear of making a wrong mark or ruining a piece of art paper, learning gelli printing will definitely remove it. You will make lots of art, and it will be messy, but fun.

Supplies needed: Acrylic paint and medium, paper, water container, spray bottle, paper towels and other tools such as stencils, masks, stamps, and mark-making tools, such as a brush, scraper, etc. If you have a gelli plate and brayer, please bring those. Please let the instructor know if you need to borrow one.  Bring an apron or wear grunge clothes.

The acrylic can be any type or consistency of acrylic, including craft brands. The paper doesn’t need to be expensive: cheap watercolor paper, mixed media paper, drawing paper, bristol, copy paper, deli paper and even canvas paper. The instructor will bring extra paper, paints, stencils, stamps and other tools for you to experiment with.

For information on Gelli Plates, see http://www.gelliarts.com/. If you wish to make your own: http://sharongilesart.com/making-your-own-gelatinglycerin-plate/

Cost: $65  To register, go to http://trinityartsguild.org/workshops/gelliprintingfun.html Questions: contact sharongiles@gmail.com.


"Sepia Geometry" acrylic monotype by Sharon Giles

“Sepia Geometry” acrylic monotype by Sharon Giles

The Gryphon and the Thunderdove (acrylic / mm 9x12)

The Gryphon and the Thunderdove (acrylic / mm 9×12)

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EXPERIMENTAL ACRYLICS WORKSHOP with Sharon Grimes Jan. 16, 2016


Gingko Leaf Gallery presents

Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 9 AM – 3 PM

 Longview artist Sharon Grimes will demonstrate and teach her unique technique of layering mixtures of mediums, pigments and paint. In her words…

“The creation of art is a meditation for me. It is a reflection of my heart onto the surface. I gain inspiration from nature and specifically the effect of light. I watch the sun as it sets to see the color it creates and the way the light peeks around the clouds. My work represents the language of the soul. I strive to evoke a sense of mystery and beauty in each piece. I begin a painting by creating texture. I then work in layers of translucent acrylic paint on a wood panel. This creates depth and allows the viewer to see back several layers into the painting. …I rarely know exactly where the piece is going in the beginning. I start working and let intuition and the work itself lead me.”Students will have finished work at the end of the session and technique information they can use in future artwork. All supplies are included in the price.

Bring a sack lunch and drink. Light morning refreshments will be served.

You must come to Gingko Leaf Gallery in Marshall to register and pay for the workshop in advance.
OR Out of town guests may mail a check or money order to
Gingko Leaf Gallery
212 N. Washington Avenue
Marshall, TX 75670
Be sure to include your contact information and email address, phone #s

Seating is limited to 12. There are only 6 seats remaining.
$120 CASH or CHECK ONLY made out to Gingko Leaf Gallery
Questions: Call Claudia at the Gallery 903-471-5225 or cell at 903-926-0440


Sharon Grimes, of Longview,TX is a self taught contemporary abstract artist whose art is a personal expression of life, with all of its textures and layers. Inspired by nature and the universe, her work typically features vivid colors and vibrant energy and is consistently characterized by strong composition, contrast, and texture which demonstrates her remarkable understanding of color and composition. Sharon first became interested in art at a young age. She grew up loving to sketch people, animals and her surroundings. In her early twenties her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired  by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.

Grimes was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator La Posada de Sante Fe Hotel and Spa as a “feast for the eyes”. Grimes paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions including the East Texas Regional Art Exhibit at Longview Museum of Fine Arts, P’s Gallery Regional Art Exhibit and a solo exhibit at Classics Furniture and Interiors. Her art is also exhibited in public collections including Tyler Street Bistro, Regions Bank, Longview Museum of Fine Arts and The Women’s Center of East Texas.Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States and has been featured in Piney Woods Live Magazine and Longview News Journal.

Sharon Grimes has studied with renowned artists Xianng Zhang, William Kalwick, Jane E Jones and more recently Cheryl McClure of Overton, TX and Cody Hooper of Albuquerque,NM.

Her talent and love of art has led her to direct and conduct courses on the subject of Art as Meditation. She has also been commissioned by First Lutheran Church of Longview, TX to paint  “Spiritual Collection” which still hangs in the church today. She created a collage for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sierra Leone, Africa as a commemoration to the victims of civil unrest. She has exhibited for several local art groups and taught at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts summer programs. She is a member of Southwestern Society of Watercolor Artist.

For more about Sharon see her website http://www.sharongrimesart.com/



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Darlia Hobbs acrylics demo Oct. 19 for SWA


The Society of Watercolor Artists meets every third Monday from September through May.

Monday, Oct. 19, SWA meeting at 7pm.

Location: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Bldg. 2 – Everett Hall, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Directions.  website: http://www.swawatercolor.com/

DarliaSWAdemoAbout the artist:

Darlia Hobbs is a pro at mixed media and always provides interesting demos.  

She has many water influenced works from life experiences on Eagle Mountain Lake, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, and more recent travels over the Atlantic Ocean to European rivers and the Mediterranean, North and Baltic Seas. Throughout her life, Darlia Hobbs has enjoyed different forms of art and design. It wasn’t until 2005 that she was encouraged by art educator, Judy Sager, to enter an abstract painting into her first art show. Darlia won an award in the novice division.

Ten years later, Darlia has completed over 25 art workshops and a few years of art classes, and won over 42 awards – including Best of Show, first places, and People’s Choices. Now, some of her most rewarding time is spent teaching art workshops and doing art demonstrations for several art associations. Being a member of the Fort Worth 15 (FW15), Arlington Visual Arts Association (AVAA), Northwest Art Association (NWAA), Mid-Cities Fine Arts (MCFA), Trinity Arts Guild (TAG), Granbury Art Association (GAA), and Society of Watercolor Artists (SWA, signature member) has been a nourishing education. In addition to many shows at the FWCAC, Darlia has shown her artwork at museums, galleries, community centers, Fort Worth Petroleum Club, city hall, Tarrant County Courthouse, and many libraries.darliahobbsswa2

Currently, her artwork is showing in some showrooms at the World Trade Center in Dallas, and some physicians’ and attorney’s collections. Darlia absorbed the flowing abstract technique, Fantastic Pours, when she first experienced it. She hopes our SWA members and guests tread through the steps to imagine their own wavy creations, when they scope the worthwhile results.

Images: Paint Can Fly (purple, yellow, white: acrylics and a special medium that will be demonstrated at SWA 10/19/15) Kelpie’s Torrent (blues, brown, black and white: acrylics)


Fall FANtastic Fans Contest at our October Meeting
Many thanks to Celeste McCall and Mary House who have both contributed to a prize fund for the FANtastic Fans Contest this year! Prizes are $30 for 1 st place. With 2 nd, 3rd and 4th place fans = $15 each (only one prize per artist). Shirley Nichols is the director of this fun event! Fans shown are by Shirley Nichols.

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Fall Classes at the Upstairs Gallery

Make a splash with fall colors in our classes at The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington…
Explore new creative experiences with our popular teachers at The Upstairs Gallery. Build your skills in drawing. Learn techniques of painting with watercolors, acrylics and oil. Experiment with mixed media.
Call the Gallery at 817 277-6961 or follow the LINK below for more information.  Or just come by the Gallery and we’ll reserve a place for you.
Fall Gallery Night September 12-Art and Music Festival at The Upstairs Gallery


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Free Basic Classes in Gelli Printmaking by Sharon Giles


The Irving Art Association  offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium.

The Free Basics Classes follow a progressive sequence where you will learn basic skills via instructor demo/lecture — exercise —-practice. The series is designed for beginners to a particular art medium as well as mid career artists reviewing technique and not for creating finished works. Expect traditional as well as new and nontraditional materials and approaches.

Sharon Giles will be teaching a sequence of three free classes on Gelli Printing on October 1, 8 & 22. (Thursday evenings, 7-9:30pm – doors open at 6:30pm.)

To register for this class, fill out the registration form. Limited class size, so register early.

Put the fun back into your art! If you’re perfectionistic or  have a fear of making a wrong mark or ruining a piece of art paper, gelli printing will definitely remove it. You will make lots of art! And it will be messy, but fun.

Basic supplies will be provided. (Acrylic paint, paper, brayer, water container, spray bottle, Gelli Plate, stencils, masks, paper towels and other tools.) (Sorry, you don’t get to keep the supplies, just the results.)

If you have a gelli plate and brayer, please bring those. If you wish to bring additional supplies, you can. (Stencils, masks, mark-making tools, paper and your favorite colors of acrylics in any brand.) Bring an apron or wear grunge clothes.

For information on Gelli Plates, see http://www.gelliarts.com/.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving. Held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.





You may register for one or more of these three classes.

Nov. 5 – Watercolor & Gouache

Nov. 12 – Advanced layering & masking

Nov. 19 – Finishing school — what to do with prints that don’t work — too busy, uninteresting or ugly)

Prerequisite: Basic Gelli Classes or some knowledge and experience with Gelli Printing.

Schedule: November 2015 – the 5th, 12th & 19th (Thursday evenings from 7 – 9:30 p. m. Doors open at 6:30 pm.)

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061 (home of the Irving Art Association) directions

$35 each class or $90 for all three classes. Details and registration at the instructor’s website: SharonGilesArt.com


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VAST Sponsored Workshops: Chapman & Riegelman

Upcoming VAST Sponsored Workshops:
Gary Chapman – Charcoal Drawing, August 5-6
Carolyn Riegelman – Acrylic Abstract, October 6-8 



Gary Chapman, Charcoal Drawing, 

August 5-6, 2015 


Students will develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers. The class will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students will explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing.


See Gary’s work at http://www.garychapmanart.com

Cost:  VAST Members: $110; Non-Members $145

Carolyn Riegelman, Acrylic Abstract, October 6-8, 2015

See Carolyn’s work at http://www.carolynriegelman.com

Cost:  VAST Members: $275; Non-Members $310 


Where:  Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts, Denton
(corner of Hickory and Bell)

Daily Time:  9:30 – 4:00, with a one hour lunch break


REGISTRATION FEE: The registration fee is $50.00, and is due at the time of signing up for the workshop.  This fee is non-refundable. Please make the check out to VAST, and send to:

Kristin Spalding  (214-578-0357  kgn2507@yahoo.com)

2507 High Pointe Blvd., McKinney, TX 75071


BALANCE: The balance for the workshop is due one month prior to the beginning of the workshop.

CANCELLATION BY PARTICIPANT: If a participant must cancel, the VAST workshop coordinator will first attempt to fill the open spot from the official VAST waiting list.  If there is no waiting list, the canceling participant is free to attempt to fill the spot on his/her own.  No refunds will be made one month or less prior to the class.


CANCELLATION BY VAST: If there are not enough participants to cover workshop costs, or if VAST must cancel for any other reason, participants will be notified by workshop coordinator and will promptly receive a full refund, including deposit.


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Jane Kahler: Classes in Drawing, Oils and Acrylics


Jane Kahler offers classes in drawing, oils, and acrylics for beginning level to intermediate level artists at the Artists’ Showplace in Dallas. http://www.theartistsshowplace.com/

She is a prolific and experienced painter who will teach students the fundamentals of perspective and drawing, along with sharing her vast knowledge of oil and acrylic painting.

If you are a complete newbie to painting, Jane has graciously offered to provide some basic paints and supplies to help you get started. So don’t pass up this opportunity to learn from her!

Adult Classes are on Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Call 682-587-4232 or email her at janekahlerart@gmail.com for class times and supplies.

More of Jane Kahler’s art can be found here.



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Mark Thompson: Paintings by Redbeard opens March 1; reception March 15


Interested in seeing something different? Like really, really different? Then come to the Jaycee Center for the Arts Gallery and check out Mark Thompson’s debut solo exhibition Paintings by Redbeard. Mark‘s art could be described as being both edgy and fresh…and most definitely interesting. It’s worth getting out to see.

Opens March 1 thru March 31.

Reception will be Sunday, March 15th from 2-4pm.

Location: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75062 directions

For more about Mark, see his websites: http://paintingsbyredbeard.com and https://www.facebook.com/paintingsbyredbeard

To see his reception invitation, click here.

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Gail Delger Abstract Acrylic demo for VAST


VAST Members Meeting November 13th 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Center for the Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory St, Denton, TX.
Members: Free  Guests: $3Presentation: Gail Delger, Watermedia Artist

“Abstract Acrylics from Photographs”
Painting professionally since 1990, Gail Delger works in watercolor, printmaking, collage and acrylic. The range of her work gives a glimpse of both her passion and talent as an artist and her sense of humor as an individual.


She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society,  the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and the Southwestern Watercolor Society.  Her painting, “Full of Holes” was published in the book, Splash 9, The Best of Watercolor in 2006.  Her two paintings, “Old Number 10” and “Chicken Sit” were included in the 2008 book Confident Color by Nita Leland.

She had a painting accepted into the 2010 Watercolor USA  Show and also the 2010 Kansas Watercolor Society National Show.
To see more of Gail’s work, www.gaildelger.com



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