SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Jan Johnson

By |2019-09-02T07:59:24-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: About Us/Newsletter, SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

As a child I always loved to explore outside and then once inside draw and color whatever I’d been occupied with. Eventually my favorite subject became drawing horses. Over the years I became pretty good at knowing the facial structure of a horse’s bones and muscles. As I grew older, I learned there were other animals and objects to draw and in college I’d intended to become an art teacher.! But, alas, when married I quickly realized that being a permanent resident of a small farming community didn’t offer many opportunities to become an art teacher. So I switched my major to elementary education and taught second grade till my retirement. During those years I was too tired when I arrived home to do much of anything except collapse. Once retired I unearthed my art supplies and began with simple pencil drawings and [...]

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Sheryl Baloun

By |2019-06-06T06:43:40-05:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: About Us/Newsletter|

Creativity for me has been fun to explore on so many levels  - quilt making, photography, watercolor.  I find myself envious of truly creative people that are in GPWS who see the world in different shapes and colors.  Beginning watercolor classes with Barb Sparks has been an exciting adventure that has led to new friends, new eyes to view the world with and a whole palette of new colors.  What most inspires me is the beauty in our natural world - I love landscapes, sunsets, mountain vistas, rocks, pathways, any path that leads to see something beautiful in this amazing world we live in. My Princeton brushes and Arches paper are the backbone to my paintings.  Light, light, light creates an atmosphere of joy, peace and a sense of calm to paint in.  I have started playing around with acrylic inks and granulating [...]

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Newsletter November 2018

By |2019-04-25T12:28:15-05:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: About Us/Newsletter|

What a great year it has been! It is due to all of our members who have participated with great enthusiasm! The year’s activities included twelve weeks of Plein Aire painting at beautiful venues and parks. Very special plein air events included members painting with the residents of the Inn on Westport assisted living center and the patients and family of Avera Prairie Cancer Center in Sioux Falls. Our goal was to share our art with those who cannot get out to enjoy painting in nature. Both events were great successes. Probably the most popular activities were the bi-weekly paint-ins led by our members at Mosiac Studio. These classes have propelled participating members toward a whole new world of creativity and exciting and new techniques and tools. Member sharing is the bi-word of our organization and these events are key to that [...]