SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Candace Grant

By |2019-04-27T14:53:55-05:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

Q: Have you always been creative? A: I can’t say definitively that I was always creative. But as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with creative pursuits, especially during the times when a job I held was noncreative, boring, and/or stressful. I’d start daydreaming about cooking, or sewing, or jewelry making…just about anything that can involve creative expression. Q: What inspires you? A: The fabulous artists of the Great Plains Watercolor Society! Q: Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? why? A: My favorite is mixed media collage, which lets me run wild and indulge my passions for color, contrast, shape, line, and texture. Q: What is your most important artist tool? A: It’s hard for me to create without a variety of markers, although I rarely use them in my collage work. Q: Is there something [...]

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Spotlight on the Artist: Janet Judson

By |2019-04-25T12:16:14-05:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

­ Spotlight on the Artist I probably have always been creative; For 30+ yrs, I sewed all kinds of clothes from men’s suits, boys shirts and jackets and all of my own clothes and designing my own patterns.  I also have sewn slipcovers, pillows.  And done all kinds of “crafty” things.   My urge to do watercolor began in 1994 with a trip to coastal Maine and seeing artists perched on stools doing seascapes…..it was too cool and I resolved to learn so I would have a retirement hobby. My inspiration has come from my own flower garden and a general love of flowers; also, trying to capture the places I have traveled but most especially Maine….I LOVE Maine! I think my most important tool is my ability to visualize what I want to put on paper. I have to have music to [...]

Spotlight on the Artist – Susan Brende

By |2019-04-25T12:18:23-05:00March 30th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

Have you always been creative? I was always coloring or drawing. I was a big fan of paint by numbers when I was a kid. How did you start watercolor painting? Only a couple years ago. I took Barb’s water color class in Dell Rapids. The rest is history. What inspires you? We live on Round Lake by Wentworth, SD. The birds in our neighborhood put me in the mood to paint. What is your most important artist tool? Good brushes. I’m not good at caring for my brushes. So a new brush is always a big “yahoo”. Is there something you can't live without in your studio? Good light. Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? why? I’m really into recycling. So using old books is so much fun to use with watercolors. I do love my acrylics [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: LeeAnn Sanders

By |2019-04-25T12:31:14-05:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

My earliest memory of making art is at the age of 6 in Alabama and one of the moms put on a summer program in her basement for all of the kids in the neighborhood to create art projects of all kinds. At the end of the summer, she arranged for us to have an art show at the mall. I got my picture in the local newspaper! We created paintings, paper mache sculptures, sand art, clay creations. After grade school, I didn't do any kind of art at all until I started scrapbooking in 2007. I had lots of pictures to catalogue but I didn't want to just stick them in albums. I walked into "R Scrapbook Store" and it literally changed my life. My creative side had been dormant for so long and it awoke with a vengeance. When we got [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Mary Buckmiller

By |2019-04-25T12:33:56-05:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

  QUESTIONS:1. What is your earliest childhood memory of creating art?2. What did you create?3. How did you start watercolor painting? 4. Why do you create art? 5. What is your most important artist tool? 6. Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? 7. Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why? 8. What inspires you? 9. How do you know when a work is finished? 10. Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why? (can you send me a photo of it?) 11. How do you overcome creative blocks? 12 . What is your dream project? 13. Name three artists you admire. ANSWERS 1.paint by numbers, but seriously I accidentally fell into art in college after getting bored with English. I wonder why? 2.don’t remember what the paint by numbers box covers showed [...]

SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Janice Bartels

By |2019-04-25T12:34:38-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

What is your earliest childhood memory of creating art?  I can't remember a time that I didn't love color either on paper or fabric.  As a child I would create weird abstract designs and color them with the brightest crayons.  I didn't like coloring in color books and staying "in the lines".  I was more interested in creating my own designs.  I would make the designs and cut them out.   I was the kid that loved hanging out in the stationery store with all of the cool papers and cards.  How did you start watercolor painting?  In 1976 my youngest son went to kindergarten and I began   looking for a creative outlet.  I discovered a watercolor artist and   teacher in the town where I lived and took private lessons from her for about 6 months before moving.   However, due to life circumstances,  I [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Mavis Wolfgram

By |2019-04-25T12:59:06-05:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

Mavis tell us about your journey as an artist: "I have wanted to be an art teacher since 5th grade. At that time I and a friend would draw a girl, cut her out and then design clothes for her. We didn’t play with the paper doll, just drew clothes. I didn’t have an art class until I was a senior. In college we were not allowed to use a pencil to draw our picture. Once we laid a color down we couldn’t go over it. So most of my paintings were in oils. I also worked with charcoal, pastels, and ink. I create art because it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something. My most important artist tool is a good brush and a photo would be hard to paint without one. Most of my work is with acrylics but [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Carol Baum

By |2019-04-25T13:08:44-05:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Carol Baum Carol tell us about yourself: I am a Singer/songwriter from Dell Rapids. I play 12 string guitar and Dulcimer, mostly for Asst. Living centers, Hospice, and Grief Groups. I have always considered music “my art”, but since Jeannie Ammon persisted in encouraging me to try my hand at painting, and I took my 1st beginner watercolor class with Barbara Sparks last November, I am officially hooked! I guess I would consider that my 1st “Positive” memory of attempting Art. Since then I have immersed myself in learning all I can about all mediums and styles. Recently I have become intrigued by painting on teabags. I love the idea of recycling and turning such a small, delicate surface into a work of art. I appreciate all kinds of art, but have always loved the look of watercolor. [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Linda Hoffelt

By |2019-04-25T13:11:38-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

My earliest memory of doing a work of art that I was excited about was in 6th grade. It was a drawing of an ice skater. I had a teacher who was very encouraging. I became the "go-to" person for creating posters, scenery, anything that required art. I went to a small school and had no art classes throughout my 12 years of school. Therefore, when I went to college at Northern State University, I was like a sponge, soaking up as much art as I could. I taught art in the public schools for 38 years, the last 30 at a Brookings middle school. I have had great fun DOING art since I retired in 2008 and I still love teaching. I have taught over 20 classes through OLLI and the Brookings Arts Council. I love to convince my friends that [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Mary Petersen

By |2019-04-25T13:15:27-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

I had crayons as a young child. Also made mud-pies but didn’t exactly make art but pretended we were cooking food. I was creative in using what I found without having fancy art supplies. I started watercolor painting as a result of my high school art teacher being one of the founders of the Midwest Watercolor Society and later became what is now the Transparent Watercolor Society. Nora Stevens did not teach watercolor in high school but I took it as a community ed class in the evening when I was a junior or senior. She was instrumental in getting Frank Webb, Zoltan Zsabo and other important watercolorists of the 70’s to offer workshops in Grand Rapids where I was from. I would go and watch their free demo but didn’t take classes at that time. I create art to express myself [...]

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