Shanley House Studio

Our next monthly meeting, Monday, April 11,
with the new meeting time of SIX!! pm, will feature
Deanna Thibault
Blind Contour Drawing, Mixed Media, Collage

Deanna's work varies from impressionism to abstraction. It is always full of design, color and pattern. Many of her paintings begin with black ink line using a technique called "Blind Contour Drawing". In this technique, you look only at the objects as you draw, not at the paper, letting your eye move along shapes and edges in the objects, letting your hand follow your eye as you draw. This technique often creates whimsical shapes. Working very spontaneously, to these shapes she adds fresh, bold color, pattern and texture using watercolor and acrylic paints, and then applies hand-painted collage papers for additional pattern and color. As a result of this process, many people describe her work as having great black and white graphics with color and design that sizzles!

A few years ago, with the help of the staff at Sarnoff's Art & Writing in Tucson, Arizona she developed a new process that allows her to frame her canvas and paper-based work without glass or plastic glazing. This process essentially seals each layer of her work — painting, mat and backing — with several layers of clear acrylic gel medium. When dry, these layers are assembled into a "sandwich" using a heat mounting process. This unique, new process permanently fuses together the art, the backing, the mat, and a transparent, protective, and non-reflective finish. Paper-based works can then be immediately framed without glazing, while gallery-wrapped canvas works emerge ready to hang.

Her technique is fun and creative, so come and be inspired!

Deanna will also offer a 
2-DAY WORKSHOP on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 9am to 3pm. Class will be limited to 12 people. A supply list will be provided to those who register. Member cost will be $100.00. Non-Member cost will be $130.00.

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You asked for it, and we have enough interest to add another workshop featuring renowned local artist James Spurlock! If you are interested, don't delay, because as you know, his classes fill quickly.

James Spurlock One Day Workshop
Tuesday, April 12, 10am to 3pm
$60 for members
$75 for non-members

The first half of the day, James will work on quick tricks and demo, then the second half color will be added with acrylic or pastel.


Our Vice President, Sue Bagwell who's in charge of acquiring artists to demonstrate and teach a workshop has been working diligently for the last few months to complete this schedule of events. And that's no easy task but she did it! Here's what we know at this time. 

Workshop DateDemo ArtistWorkshop description  Cost**
2 Days, April 30 & May 1Deanna ThibaultMixed Media/Collage$100
4 days, May 11-14Douglas WaltonEncounter with Latex - Innovative Painting$350 + $20 for paint 
JuneMaybe some members?Maybe cards, poinsettias and boxes for Christmas in July? But, nothing scheduled at this time 
Saturday, July 16Lesley SlaughterFused glass Christmas ornaments$50+ $25 supplies
2 Days , August 12 & 13Suzanne McNeillGold leaf and watercolor$100
Saturday, Sept. 17Pam CarrickerJournaling/self portraits (embracing your selfie)$50 + $10 supplies
2 Day, Oct. 11&12Paula NemicDay 1 – Composition, Day 2 – Painting/mixedTBD
Saturday, Nov. 19Kathy YoderWildlife$50
DecemberNo demo (Christmas party)  
**All prices are for members current with their dues. Non-members pay $65 a day  for mini workshops and an additional $50 for major workshops.

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