MAC Plein Air Workshop

The Marion Art Center will host a two-day plein air watercolor workshop taught by artist Arthur Kvarnstrom on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. The cost of the two-day workshop is $300. Materials are not included. There will be a 5-person minimum and a 12-person maximum for the workshop. Those attending the workshop will meet each day at the Art Center in the morning, paint for 3-4 hours and then break and meet again in the afternoon. For more details and to register, please call the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266.

Arthur Kvarnstrom is a New York artist who has exhibited extensively in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, most recently at the Marion Art Center in Marion; in 2011 at the Englewood Public Library, Englewood, New Jersey; in 2010 at the Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania; and in 2008 at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City.

Kvarnstrom feels that “Each person is uniquely individual, possessing a singular experience of the world exclusive to him or her. Painting makes it possible to explore and communicate this experience. Giving voice to this individual experience constitutes true creativity.” He feels that his role as a teacher is to draw upon his years as a painter to guide and encourage each class participant in finding his or her individual voice.

His teaching proceeds from the premise that we learn to paint by painting. This includes a belief in the efficacy of painting directly, relying on observation to form and explore relationships of paint, color, form, space, shape and line. These elements constitute the language of painting. The relationships formed are the means of expression.

No two people will utilize the same elements or form the same relationships in precisely the same way. Therefore, these are the keys to developing a personal voice. As such, they will be the focus of attention and discussion.

The Marion Art Center Gallery is located at 80 Pleasant Street (corner of Main and Pleasant) and is open on Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

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