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Rio Grande Art Association Member Meetings

When: 10 am to 12 noon on the third Saturday of each month (except July & December)

Where: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106

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2019 Presentations & Demos Schedule

January 19: Potluck-Show & Tell

February 16: Two presentations:
—John Meister, past president of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, will make a short presentation during the first half hour of the meeting about the benefits of plein air painting. He also will show the portable equipment he uses for plein air painting.
—Fred Yost will present on “Creativity: Where Do Ideas Come From?” Fred will describe the creative process as developed by Graham Wallas, a nineteenth English social psychologist and economist. In a slide presentation, Fred will show examples of this process from works of famous and lesser known artists.

March 16: Sarah Siltala will present and demo. Her presentation will include of a slide show of oil painting history and she will discuss different oil painting techniques from the Medieval period to the Impressionists. She will demo how to create a proper monochromatic grisaille and discuss the different layers and technique in indirect painting.

April 20: Ray Tussing will present “Unusual Possibilities with Acrylics.” Ray will show examples of art pieces rendered with cake decorating tools and various acrylic paints and medias.

May 18: Tom Blazier, signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, will present the demo “Painting Summer Skies.” Tom is a New Mexico-based oil painter whose work is inspired by the dramatic light of the Southwest landscape. Skies, the source of light, figure prominently in his paintings. Tom will show his approach to painting the towering cumulus clouds of the monsoon and give tips for painting successful skies.

June 15: Bud Edmondson, signature member of the Watercolor Society of New Mexico, will present and demo on “Perspective in Painting.” Perspective can make or break a painting, especially when the subject is a landscape with architecture, a still life, animals, or the human figure.

August 17: Chris Miller will demo “Making your own Canvas Panels.” Chris will demonstrate the process of making canvas panels of any size and with the linen or cotton canvas you prefer at half the cost of store-bought panels. He will provide handouts.

September 21: Carla Forrest will demo “Painting with the Palette Knife.” This demo will help artists advance their palette knife and alla prima painting skills to help simplify and produce powerful paintings. She will discuss tools and materials and demonstrate layering and mark-making techniques to enhance dimension and texture in oil paintings.

October 19: Nancy Silvia, signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Pastel Society of New Mexico, will discuss the National Park Artist Residency Program. Nancy spent two weeks at Acadia National Park in Maine and a month at Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, N.M., as an artist in residence. She also will describe the process by which an artist can apply at any of the several National Parks in America.

November 16: Vienna-born artist Eliza Schmid will demo painting the abstract. Eliza, whose work is influenced by surrealism and German expressionism, often tells stories with her paintings that come from her experience as a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist and her social and political worldviews.