Posts Tagged ‘painting’

The StudioWorks artists have been amazingly productive over the last month and I would like to share a few images of their 2-d artwork with you.  Our artistic community has grown as the program has become better known in Louisville and Zoom Group has great plans for the future.  Currently, a new website for the company is being designed and posts from this blog will migrate over to it.  In the meantime, the spirit of our studio remains high.  We have added new artists and our former newbies are beginning to discover what materials they like and what ideas are worth exploring.  This post begins with a nice color marker drawing by Marie Vample who is getting more sophisticated with her designs.  Among our newer artists is Alexander Burden and here is a taste of the work he likes to make.

Alexander has an interesting style that merges text and images.  In fact, he likes to script stories that blend reality with fantasy.  He is also a fan of trains and likes creating pictures of railroad crossings.  Future posts are sure to contain those images as well.  The StudioWorks staff is looking forward to seeing what Alexander will come up with next.  Matthew Torstrick has been with us for a few months now and he fits in very well.  Matthew likes making his art with waxy crayons which he polishes to a high sheen.  This is one of his works.

An artist we feel that is worth watching is Chimel Ford.  Recently, Chimel had five of his paintings published in a local magazine and several of those works then sold.  He likes to borrow images from familiar snack and drink products which he then turns into wonderful thickly rendered acrylic paintings.  The next image is a good example of one of his creations.

Another artist who has settled in well into our environment is Dorothy Hawkins.  She is a sweet person who really loves to make art.  Every once in a while, she decides that she wants to do a portrait of a famous personality.  We loved the Johnny Cash painting she did and she later followed that work up with this one.  I think nearly everyone would recognize an image of the young Elvis.

Jeremy Smith likes to draw and make jewelry.  Recently he came up with this nice drawing of cardinal birds.  For him it is a bit of a departure from the fantasy and mythological subjects he likes to work with.  There is a soft side of him that really loves animals.

Speaking of animals, I would like to close with a trio of dog images.  Dogs are among the favorite animal subjects chosen by our Studio Works artists.  Carol Thorp completed two commissions for pet portraits.  One of the case managers that works with us asked Carol if she could make a couple of embroideries of her beloved dogs.  This was right up Carol’s alley and here are the results that now await framing.  Carol made real strides with this particular project.  Her needle work is becoming more “painterly” as she overlays different thread colors.

One last dog image before we call it a post and it belongs to Natalie Lanier.  Natalie is a prolific artist and a fairly good poet too.  This work recently came off her brush and it made all of us in the studio smile.  We hope it does the same thing for you!

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StudioWorks has been fortunate in attracting several visiting artists recently. This time we were graced by Ashley Brossart who is a young painter on the Louisville scene.  She brought several of her intriguing projects for our artists to engage.  Here is an example of her work.

I apologize for not recording the title of this piece, but we enjoyed how she worked this painting.  For the most part, Ashley’s work is abstract, but of late she seems to be working conceptually with art in public places.  The piece shown above involves working stencils reminiscent of bridges and structures seen in an urban environment.  Ashley’s latest project is an ambitious road trip to place small map-like drawings she has made in the American cities that inspired them.  Where the works will be displayed will depend on what she finds once she reaches each place.  On the back of her artworks will be a QR code that can be read with a good cell phone that will give additional information about each piece.  Sounds promising and good luck on your adventure.

Ashley gave an informal but informative presentation of her art and fielded a few questions.  Afterwards, she seemed just as interested in us. With pleasure, we treated her to the fifty cent tour of our facility. Our guys also love having the opportunity to show people what art they are making.  There is always something good being made in the studio.

Ashley and Carol Thorp hit it off well and Carol’s wonderful embroideries speak for themselves!  Carol is nearly finished with a double commission for two dog portraits.  She has developed a distinct preference for this medium over the past half year…that and drawing with color pencils.

Eric Huggins is proud of the work he makes and here he is showing our latest visiting artist the ceramic rhinoceros he fabricated.  Ashley seemed impressed with the variety and quality of the art work she was seeing.  All the StudioWorks artists were working on their own ideas!

We like to thank Ashley Brossart for coming and sharing a little bit of herself with us.  Soon the StudioWorks artists were back to finishing their own projects.  Here Marie Vample puts the finishing touches on an electrically hued water-color painting.  Marie has come a long way since joining us and her patience level is increasing.

Alicia Rexroat has a nice smile on her face because she’s enjoying the company of friends and making a nice necklace in the bargain.  Alicia has an open mind to trying different art forms, but creating jewelry is at the top of her list of favorite things to do in the studio.

This is Matthew Torstrick concentrating on his latest drawing.  His designs have a monumental quality to them even on a smaller scale.  We love his sense of color and how he manipulates  familiar materials like crayons and color pencils.  Matthew is a great guy and a wonderful addition to our studio.

Because of all the color, I couldn’t resist throwing in this shot of Chimel Ford’s painting table.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where the painting begins and ends.  This shot shows Chimel’s Minute Maid painting and a Cracker Jacks acrylic on paper piece he is working on.  If you like color…you might like what happened to Dorcas Kempf-Fluhr’s “magnum opus”?

A couple of posts a go, I showed Dorcas’ painting on the floor as she and the staff decided how best to use all the smaller paintings she created.  The idea was to combine many of them into one large colorful abstract work. The smaller paintings were done on scrap mat board.  We used large sheets of cardboard for a backing and attached Dorcas’ works with heavy-duty Velcro.  To close this post, here is the artist posing in front of her painting which probably qualifies as the largest single artwork made by a StudioWorks artist.  Congratulations Dorcas…you painted it!

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A lunch of your choice and cupcakes are a StudioWorks birthday tradition for our artists.  It was Chimel Ford’s turn recently.  The lunch turned out great, but while the cupcakes were waiting on our kitchen counter…ants discovered them!  It’s a bit off-putting when the sprinkles start to move!  Good thing Chimel is a good sport and fortunately the ants hadn’t had the chance to set up shop.  Most of the cupcakes were unaffected and so it turned out alright in the end.  Chimel has been creating some wonderful works of late and so I will use this opportunity to share three recent paintings.  Happy Birthday Chimel and many more to you!

And a detail showing the painting’s surface…all three works presented in this post are acrylic on 14″ x 11″ canvases.

The staff really likes this painting.  At first I didn’t recognize Chimel’s source as being this old-fashioned candy.  Chimel is particularly good at matching colors and creating a compelling paint surface.  The candy’s name is its title.

I especially like the “Betty Boop” style figure of the little girl.  It’s so delightfully odd.  Chimel said the candy tastes pretty good too.

Chimel’s latest completed painting belongs to his pantheon of celebrities.  In closing, here is his version of Marilyn Monroe based from a well-known photograph of the late actress.

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Although the event was last Saturday, I thought I would present a few images from StudioWorks’ participation.  The above image was the poster for the street wide celebration and many businesses and sponsors along Louisville’s famous Bardstown Road that joined in.  Our thanks to the Highland Commerce Guild for organizing such a fun event.

It is an important part of Zoom Group’s and thus StudioWorks’ mission to be involved in the life of the larger community.  Bardstown Bound was a great way for visitors to get to know, check out, and purchase the art made in our studio/gallery.  Since we are currently only open during the business week, this was also an opportunity for folks who wanted to visit us to do so.

The event was a light-hearted gathering and a good excuse to have a sale.  The StudioWorks artists have been so productive that we have art literally everywhere inside the building!  To further entice visitors, we gave an additional 20% off our already modest prices.  Remember at StudioWorks, the artists receive an 80% commission on all sold art works.  Sales were good during Bardstown Bound and nearly every artist sold work.

Although it was a busy Saturday, many of our artists were able to attend and show off their works to friends and visitors.  Here Carol (in the blue pants) talks about her wonderful embroideries framed and hanging on the gallery’s walls.  Our artists are really proud of StudioWorks and have responded by making some of their best works yet.  The space is so nice that we have had many inquiries from other artists with developmental disabilities who would like to have a chance to work with our talented staff and volunteers.

The Zoom Group staff were supportive and came out for our event.  Our gallery used to be around the corner from the main office, but now we are more across town.  The company’s president, Annie Rosenberg-Sattich and her husband Steve enjoyed the many works on view.  Annie remembers when this program was just a few individuals gathered together in the back of a coffee-house.  Look at us now!

It’s always a pleasure to show off a sellection of the works that are made in our space.  We were really pleased by how Marie Vample’s ceramic tile came out.  She did a fine and careful job of glazing its surface.

On another ceramic note, here are Julie Baldyga’s wacky cat family.  This ensemble features a mother cat and her two kittens playing with their electrical fuses!  Julie also made ceramic birds and mice also playing with their respective fuses.  Julie is such a multi-talented and interesting person and artist.  For her, the commitment to art making extends past what she does at StudioWorks.  Natalie Lanier is also a fine artist and here is her latest acrylic on canvas painting.

Natalie entitled this painting “Lady Bug” and I had to photograph it quickly on the gallery’s front carpet because this work found a new home during our Bardstown Bound event!  Congratulations Natalie!!  One final shot and this shows the wonderful tissue pompoms that the staff made as decorations for the event.  They really look good from outside too!  See you next week.

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Phew!!  Life has been busy (but good!) at Zoom Group and StudioWorks.  One night after the DSP banquet, StudioWorks opened a group exhibition of work by our artists at Louisville’s  Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Krantz Art Gallery.  After the artworks were completed, attention was directed towards matting and framing to provide a professional presentation.  The first two images are from StudioWorks as we readied the art prior to the installation.

Barry Motes, chairman of the art department and director of the gallery, and I planned this exhibition before StudioWorks moved into our new space.  This was a wonderful opportunity to work towards and it provided a few of our newest members with their first chance to show art in a gallery other than our own.  We installed the show on a Saturday and StudioWorks’ super staff member, Rebecca Crutcher, helped us hang the show.  Here she is working with Dorcas’ painting and photograph.

The show is entitled the “StudioWorks Art Community” and opened on March 7, but the reception happened on the 9th which was a rainy Wednesday night.  Fortunately, many of the  JCTC students were in attendance as well as a few of our clients, their case managers and care givers, college faculty members, and Zoom Group staff.  There was a lively discussion about the art which was wonderful.  It’s also a treat to be able to share the art created at StudioWorks with another segment of the community.  Here are a few pictures taken at the reception.

The “StudioWorks Art Community” will be on exhibit at the Krantz Art Gallery from March 7 – 31, 2011.  The gallery is located in VTJ 116 and the building is on the corner of 1st and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville.  The public is welcomed to view the show.  Hours are Monday – Thursday, 8am to 4pm, Friday, 9am till 12 noon.  If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by!

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Winter is continuing to be a productive time for the StudioWorks artists.  Many new and wonderful images are being produced like the above city scene by Terry B.  I love the active mark making which suggests how the urban environment is always in motion.  We have been blending in new artists into our community.  For the most part, this has been going well.  There have been some growing pains, but it is more a matter of some of our artists needing to become comfortable in a new and different environment.  Our structure tends to be relaxed and for some of our artists it is also a new experience to be in charge of their own creativity.  As most practicing artists learn…it takes time to learn what to make.  Our staff can help guide that search through suggestions and the introduction of new media.  One sign that our approach is bearing fruit are all the individualized approaches the StudioWorks artists bring to their work.  Everybody has different style that you can discern over time.

Some of our veteran artists, like Julie B., are enjoying the new studio.  This oil pastel of the “Red Baron’s Airplane” will be the featured image on the announcement of our next show which is happening soon.  We will be displaying work under the title of “The StudioWorks Art Community” which will be held in Louisville at the Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Krantz Art Gallery.  The exhibit dates are March 7 -31, 2011.  Many of the works appearing in this post will be in that art show.  Here’s another Julie B. oil pastel and this piece is large.  It features Julie sitting on a love seat and her boyfriend Allan.  This piece is composed of several sheets of paper that have been taped together which is a technique that Julie loves to do.  Her works on paper grow out organically.

We have had several commissions come out of our studio lately.  Chimel F. just finished an acrylic on canvas for a client that includes their favorite snacks…ice cream with chocolate syrup!  The paint surface alone is good enough to eat!

Carol T. also finished up a recent commission.  Pet portraits are always popular and Carol did a good job with “Grainger” who is a black lab.  I love the mischievous look in his eyes and the colorful rug helps the dog stand out even more and creates additional interest in this painting.

Carol also finished another acrylic on canvas animal painting and this one features two pinto horses she loves.  This is of a mare and her colt.

Another animal lover is Natalie L.  She is also fond of horses and is an experienced rider.  Natalie prefers to abstract her subjects and this painting is bold with a rich textured acrylic paint surface.

Our good friend Dorcas has been working hard on painting in a nonobjective style.  Her paintings are getting better with their rich colors and surfaces.  This painting is entitled “Ocean Waves” and really does live up to its title.

Among our newcomers, Marie V. has painted her first canvas with us and this is it.  It combines great color painted with a fan brush and the uniquely personal element of her own hand prints.

To close, I would like to showcase two nice color pencil drawings.  The first is by Nancy A. and features her abstract geometric imagery.  She is getting very sophisticated with these diamond-patterned compositions.

Brad B. has a distinctive drawing style and he likes to work figuratively.  Here’s one of his latest images that demonstrates this to the max.  This work features many members of his extended family and is part of an ongoing series that includes family and friends.  StudioWorks is getting to a point where it is difficult to showcase all the fine art works that are being produced under our roof!  We love having this dilemma and can’t wait to show you what happens next!

Smiles to everybody!!

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As busy as we were with getting our space ready for the public…we still found some time to participate in another local project.  Our friends at the Louisville Visual Art Association’s Open Doors program invited us to contribute two painted birchwood panels for their Heritage Holiday Tree.  The multicultural theme reflects how different communities observe this time of year. Other not for profit organizations were also asked to contribute art work and the results of everybody’s efforts were unveiled on December 9.

The painted and collaged panels were fitted together inside the Grand Hall of the Water Tower. The sculptural installation was about 24 feet tall!  Simultaneously, an intimate boutique of Kentucky arts and crafts was also presented for people looking for unique gift items.

Here are our two panels back at our StudioWorks location before they were picked up to go to the Water Tower.  Our clients came up with the ideas, designs, and did most of the painting.

The StudioWorks artists each made drawings that reflected some aspect of the holiday season that appealed to them.  Here drawings are laid out on the board prior to painting.

The larger of the two panels became a stylized Christmas tree based on a drawing by David Mahoney.  The honor of creating a star to go on top of our tree fell to Jeremy.  Here he is captured by the camera before acrylic  paint hits the surface.

Eric did a fine job of painting a representation of the Holy Family at the base of our tree.

Carol is a big admirer of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and here she is painting her version onto the panel.

Nancy and Dorcas add their imagery to the tree.  All the StudioWorks artists made some contribution to this worthy project.

Staff member Rebecca Crutcher assists Terry with transferring his designs onto the panel.

At the end of the first and larger panel…we began to hit our stride.  The second and smaller panel came together very quickly and was based on an idea that Dorcas had.  She suggested that a toy train set would make a nice element to frame an image of a peaceful dove that Julie painted.   Here is the panel at its beginning stages.  And to close, here is the same painting a little further down the line with the addition of painted Christmas lights surrounding the toy train track.  We hope the Louisville Visual Art Association’s event was a success and we thank them for thinking of us to include in this fun project!

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Last Friday was one of those hard to take days because it was filled with so many mixed emotions.  Our good friend and long-time StudioWorks artist Sally Hardman has decided to move on to another program.  She has been with us for so many years and has become such a big part of the identity of this art program.  Sally was there at the very beginning and her talents were a part of so many successful art shows.  At her new day program, Sally will be closer to her family, can hang out with her friend Mary Ann, and do swimming and hiking.  We wish her nothing but the best and she will always have a place in our hearts.  But before we could say so long…there are a few projects to finish and then we need to have a send off party!

Sally has a nice series of ice cream cone artworks going.  For several weeks Susie Sherrard has worked with Sally to piece and sew this nice fiber piece together.  And now that it is finished, it is ready to be framed.  Here’s what the new ice cream cone design looks like.  With three scoops, it’s special!

Before we leave the ice cream theme, Sally has one more ceramic sculpture to finish.  The idea of creating a banana split sculpture had been considered for a while and now was the time to do it.  You can have this one with whipped cream and a cherry on top!  Vickey assisted Sally in this confection and I like this picture of the two of them working together.

Vickey was giving Sally some advice on how to glaze the banana split.  It’s always a good idea to have someone look over your work to make sure you didn’t miss a spot or two.  Here Sally gets real close to the work’s surface.  The sculpture will need to be fired in the kiln again to finish it.

For the last couple of weeks, Sally has been working on her entry for this year’s Kentucky State Fair.  It’s an ambitious abstract painting that is the latest from her “Stained Glass Series”.  We all love the flourescent pink shapes that she has outlined in tan acrylic paint.  Here is Sally with the painting nearing completion.

Sally’s sister Judy came to StudioWorks and we had an ice cream cake desert after lunch.  Everybody had room for that!  Many good luck cards and gifts were exchanged.  Sally was given two small photo scrapbooks of images of her StudioWorks friends over the years and pictures of the artworks she made since the beginning of the program.

Here’s an image of Sally reading one of the cards made by her friends in the StudioWorks program.  Some of our guys even made her more than one.

Zoom Group and the StudioWorks program wish Sally nothing but the best in all she attempts.  We are sure to run into her again at one of the many community events.  For now, Sally has left us many nice reminders of her time with us.  I can’t wait to see if her painting wins a ribbon…I bet it will win something!  This is what the finished untitled painting looks like:

Thanks Sally for all your hard work and especially for your friendship!

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Brad Bohannon just finished a nice painting and we couldn’t wait to show it off.  It’s a self-portrait of the artist as an angel!  Brad likes doing figurative art and his favorite subjects other than friends and family include the late Diana, Princess of Wales and Michael Jackson.  Brad attends our program twice a week and we look forward to seeing and working with him.  I have a couple other images of this painting…when it was first started and when it was considered finished.  Learning when an artwork is complete is an art in itself and takes experience.  This piece was done with acrylic paints.

Here’s the painting on the first day of work…and now when it’s done.

We also have a number of small bisqued clay sculptures in the works.  The artists are busy glazing them and soon they will be fired again.  Here’s a snapshot of some of the pieces on one of our work tables.  Till next time!

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Except for a nice frame, this painting is done!  Artist Sally Hardman holds her latest canvas for all to see.  She’s proud of it and looking forward to hanging it on our gallery walls.  Everyone has been working hard to get ready for our Dec. 4, show and sale.

Sally’s owl piece is acrylic paint on canvas and this is the third version of this particular design.  She did two other watercolor and mixed media drawings on paper before she started working on the canvas.  Sally likes owls and did a few ceramic ornaments in addition to these colorful works.  Here is the first, more abstract idea that Sally started with.

Here’s Sally’s first study casually photographed on the StudioWorks’  floor.  The central idea of an owl sitting on a stone wall was carried through all the designs.  Something else was needed to keep the main subject from just floating on the page.  And now for the second drawing. 

In the second work, Sally made some major changes that made her artwork stronger.  The colors become more vibrant and this carries over into the final painting.  To solve the “floating owl on a page” she introduced some shapes that suggest a wall or building behind the bird.  In the final version, a back-lit archway becomes a key element and not just a backdrop.  Among the techniques that Sally practiced were making the brushstrokes that represented the feathers on the owl.  There where days when Sally didn’t feel like working on this piece.  So, we were all proud  when she returned to it for completion!

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