Thursday, February 5, 2009

Down Memory Lane February 4/5,2009

My love and passion for art has never ceased from my heart. I always yearn to create. Those who know me or have been following me know that I was an art instructor for the Central Junior High School in East Providence in the late 60's early 70's. As an Art major attending Syracuse University and Rhode Island College I concentrated in the fine arts, design and ceramics.The style periods that inspired and influenced me was Impressionism and Cubism. Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde art movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that revolutionized European painting and sculpture. To keep my talent alive I heard about the Rhode School of Design Museum having what they called GALLERY NIGHT. The Gallery Night Providence is a free, fun-filled introduction to Providence’s exciting art scene! On the third Thursday of the month, from March 19 through November, nineteen of the city’s hot “art spots”
open their doors inviting you to a visual arts party. You travel at no charge via the Art Bus, which loops continuously to more than a dozen art galleries and museums.I joined their drop-in workshop For Adults Only, with admission being absolutely free for a free art lesson held 5:30-8pm, where I would receive one-on-one instruction from a professional artist/educator. Materials are provided and no experience is necessary.
With a little bit social and a lot of fun, I attended several workshops on Gallery Night. During the 2007 season I attended 5 out of 9 Thursdays. At the end of that 2007 season the professional artists and their staff selected from all of our art pieces for an adult showing. They selected one of mine that they liked which was my mixed media drawing, titled "CHOICE" This created a wonderful memory for me, having my work being displayed in their museum Gallery Exhibition room.
My piece has hidden words, similar to what Picasso and Braque would do in their pieces. Can you find
CHANCE and CHOICE? The media I used was charcoal, magic markers, pencils and cut-out construction paper. Being an abstract you can actually display this in any 4 positions. They have it displayed in a different position. I prefer this way.This museum has excellent examples of the French Impressionist and Post- Impressionist schools by such artists as Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. There is important work by 19th-century French sculptors Auguste Rodin, Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier, Jules Dalou, and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.
Among the 20th-century European painters in the collection are Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Fernand Léger, and Oskar Kokoschka.
Eventually I will post some of my other pieces. I do plan on scheduling time for myself to attend more Thursday Gallery Night workshops.


15 comments:

Cherdecor said...

Kathleen, Your artwork is marvelous! I didn't know that I was talking to such a professional! Good job! Yes, I saw the words, chance and choice. You must lead an interesting life.
Blessings to you,
Cheryl

George said...

Congratulations on having your work chosen for exhibit. I like the piece and I was able to find the words (but I'm glad you told us they were there!).

Lynnette Kraft said...

Hi Kathleen! What an honor to have your art picked to be featured. It is very creative and beautiful.

I had no idea you were an artist - and previous art teacher. That's so cool! My daughter will enjoy reading this as she is a budding artist herself! (You probably knew that though since you've done our Wednesday's Walk before).

Thanks for sharing. I loved visiting today!
Lynnette

GrandmaKathleen said...

Cheryl,
You are so sweet:) I appreciate your kind words this morning. My life is very interesting, some days I find it so difficult to make the time for my passion and for ME, juggling 2 careers not including being a good wife and mother.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Hi George, Alway look forward to your kind words. There is usually an explanation needed with some of my abstract pieces. Most people ask "What is it?" LOL

Connie said...

Congratulations on the honor of having your art exhibited. It is a very lovely piece! I love the gallery night/workshop idea. I would love to participate in something similar. Art and Creativity have always played a huge role in my life and I have been in a bit of a slump...thanks to you and some other bloggers I am inspired!

P.S. I finally collected "my award" and posted on my blog.

Sally-Ann said...

Wonderful artwork, thank you for sharing! I will have to tell my daughter about your blog, she loves art. I am very pleased that I was able to find the words - I am usually not very good at that!!

GrandmaKathleen said...

Lynnette,
So glad you visited and learned something about me today. I do follow Abigail's blog and she is so talented. If she wants to have an art career, I do hope she goes after her dream. It is so rewarding to follow your passion, your work becomes fun and enjoyable.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Connie,
Thanks for picking up your reward and posting it on your blog. Check your local colleges, they may offer adult classes. I remember when both our sons were away at college and we had the empty nest, My DH and I had to be around kids so we use to go the my RIC and take classes. We actually took a watercolor class for no charge.
So much fun and relaxing great de- stresser.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Hi Sally-Ann,
Thanks for visiting me and enjoying my art. I am glad you found the words, sometimes it is difficult to see what is in an abstract piece of art. Sometimes you can create your own interpretation.

Lawstude said...

congratulations. your work really deserves to be shown for everyone to see.

let me share my white water rafting adventure to you here

Vicky said...

Woo-Hoo! You are very creative. I like your cubism art!

Linda said...

You and your artwork are truly AMAZING! Thanks for sharing.

Linda
(Lynnette's Mama And Abigail's Grandma) (:>)

GrandmaKathleen said...

Vicky,
I love to be creative. Thanks for your sweet compliments. How I wish I could be with Nolan and Braydon to instill the love of art with them. They both love to draw and show talent.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Linda so please to have you stop by and have me meet Lynnette's Mama and Abigail's Grandma. You raised such a loving, caring daughter and she in turn is raising a loving, caring daughter. Makes you so proud to be a part of their life.
I am happy you like my artwork, I enjoyed creating it.