MOST RECENT PAST MEETING
September 22, 2023, 11:00 am PDT
Guest Speaker: Barbara Tabachnick
Encaustics: Playing with Fire & Mixed Media
At heart I’m an experimental artist—“What will happen if…?” I work in acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, mixed media and digital photography at all levels of (occasional) realism and abstraction. Content, if any, usually relates to architecture and landscapes, particularly trees. I love to explore phone and computer apps – digital creation and manipulation of iimages provides hours of joy playing with my many thousands of images. I make art because the process feels good and the anticipation of the outcome is exhilarating. My favorite works include a bit of whimsy, a touch of the incongruous, some ambiguity and, with a little luck, a measure of beauty.
May 19, 2023, 11:00 am PDT
Guest Speaker: Andrea Burgay
Andrea Burgay is a visual artist from Syracuse, NY, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her work combines collage, sculpture and found materials to elevate the overlooked and the mundane via transformative physical processes. Through a process of adding and removing layers of handmade and collected materials she presents a physical manifestation of the passage of time, destruction and decay, with a sense of potential renewal. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Her most recent one-person show was Everything Coming Together and Falling Apart, Roxbury Arts Group, Walter Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY Burgay is also founder and editor of Cut Me Up, a participatory collage magazine and curatorial project. Each issue presents a curated selection of original mixed-media artworks, intended for readers to deconstruct, and transform into new artworks.
Our 2023 Scholarship Recipient
Angineh (Angie) Ayvazian was born and grew up in Iran. She also lived in Armenia and Austria brfore moving to the US. English is Angie's 3rd language. She graduated with an associate degree in fine arts from Glendale Community College (GCC) and transferred to CSUN in Fall 2022. Currently, she is studying at the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication toward her degree in Communication and Graphic Design. She aims to become a UI/UX designer and work in that field after graduation. Also, she intends to continue her education and get her master’s degree in her area. Angie is also a certified photographer. She plans to attend art exhibitions in the next three years to present her work. Angie is passionate about art and works on her art projects besides her school assignments. Angie co-founded the Young Armenians Social Club, where she encourages and introduces the young generation to get more involved in art and entertainment. She organizes various cultural events, including museum visits, exhibitions, and other entertainment events. Angie also started a volunteer freelance job designing logos and flyers for non-profit organizations in her community.
March 24, 2023, 11:00 am PST
Guest Speaker: Adam P. Faust
Adam P. (AP) Faust is an Atlanta based Creative, the Gallery Manager at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, creativity facilitator and freelancing jack of all trades. After earning a BFA with a Sculpture focus from Guilford College in 2014, Faust turned to collage as a primary modality of art making. These days, his creative practice is vast, anti-formulaic, impulsive, experimental, and heavily influenced by Dadaist and Gestalt principles.
January 27, 2023, 11:00 am PST
"I incorporate collaged ephemera in paintings and assemblages. I like the
random nature of found “surprises,” especially the discarded, old and
damaged, including fragments and scraps. These compel me to go in
directions I might otherwise not follow. By allowing for lapsed time I
relinquish control. Returning to revisit and re-work a surface, I achieve a
salient “skew” that could not be created in one sitting."
November 18, 2022, 11:00 am PST
Guest Speaker: Jane Dunnewold
Everything I teach and do is filtered through a deep connection to the energetic, spiritual aspects of human experience. I believe each of us has an inherent . Making things – whether it's cooking, painting a room, or dyeing cloth – is supremely satisfying. In the process of creating we are linking to every generation of makers before us and reaching for the Divine at the same time. It's a gift and a pleasure everyone should experience. And can.
September 23, 2022, 11:00 am PST
Guest Speaker: Jim Morphesis
May 20, 2022, 11:00 am PST
Guest Speaker: Suzanne Stryk
Suzanne Stryk is an artist who finds equal fascination in the natural world and the visual arts. Her conceptual nature paintings and assemblages have appeared in solo exhibitions throughout the United States, and her portfolios and related writings have been featured in Terrain.org, Orion, Ecotone, and the Kenyon Review. She is the recipient of a George Sugarman Foundation grant and a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship.
Between 2011-13, she logged hundreds of hours by car, foot, and waterway to create “Notes on the State of Virginia,” a series of mixed media assemblages that revel in the beauty and history of Virginia’s diverse natural and culturally rich regions. While the artwork toured the state in museums and galleries, Stryk got to work describing he experience, which became the book The Middle of Somewhere: An Artist Explores the Nature of Virginia (Trinity University Press , 2022).
Scholarship Winner: Elizabeth Souza
Elizabeth showed and talked about her work at the May 20 meeting
World Collage Day
On May 14 we had a wonderful Zoom meeting with many participating artists sharing their work and tips for collage. Check out the Video and Chat.
January 28, 2022, 11 am PST
Guest Speaker: Todd Bartel
Bartel’s work assumes the forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture in a collage and assemblage format. His work investigates the interconnected histories of collage and landscape and the roles of nature and natural resources in Western culture. His work has been exhibited nationally in venues that include Palo Alto Art Center (Palo Alto, CA), Katonah Museum (Katonah, NY), Brockton Art Museum (Brockton, MA), The Rhode Island Foundation (Providence, RI), Zieher Smith (New York, NY), Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), Iona College (New Rochelle, NY). https://toddbartel.com
November 19, 2021, 11:00 am PDT
Guest Speaker: Nick Deford
Friday, September 24, 2021
Guest artist: Trudy Sissons
Trudi Sissons is a Canadian artist living in Lethbridge, AB She primarily creates digital collages. Her artwork and tutorials have been published in several magazines and books over the past 20 years.Her artwork is an expression of her imagination, well fed and developed in her childhood as well as subconscious thoughts that make their voices known through her creations.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Guest artist: Alvaro Sanchez
We also had a brief presentation by our 2021 Scholarship Winner, SIERRA MARSHALL
Friday, March 26, 2021
Guest artist: Della Wells
Della Wells is a self-taught artist who began drawing and painting in earnest at the age of 42 and her creative process stems primarily from her personal experiences embellished through the art of storytelling into visual work. Wells' work has been written about and has appeared in several publications. In 2011, an award winning play that was inspired by her life '' Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly'', debuted in Milwaukee and has been performed in many venues. She illustrated a children's book "The Electric Train" by Nanci Mortimer. She also has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums. Her work is in over 100 private, corporate and museum collections including North Western Mutual Insurance, Milwaukee Bucks and The Wright Museum of Art. Her dolls, cards and collages are currently sold at The Smithsonian”s National African Museum of History and Culture in Washington DC. Click here for more details about her many accomplishments.
Click here for transcript for General Meeting Chat
Friday, January 22, 2021
Guest artist: Trey Miles (Sotalentedmiles)
John R Miles III is a collage /mixmedia artist, born March 2nd 1975 to John R Miles Jr. and Arie G. Miles. John Miles better known as Trey attended Western Carolina University located just a few hundred miles west of his home town of Charlotte NC. While attending Western Carolina, Trey began to gain a deeper love and understanding for the arts, graduating with a BFA in art, concentration in graphic design. After graduating Mr. Miles accepted a job with Mecklenburg Counties school system as a high school art teacher. Trey's earlier pieces focused on the aesthic relationships between shape form and color. Currently his works are heavily influenced by the political struggles set forth by society towards blacks both past and present
Friday, November 19, 2020
Guest artist: Meikel Church
Meikel S Church is a North Little Rock, Arkansas based collage/mixed-media artist who challenges concepts of perception through his artwork. Meikel started creating collage in 2013 and quickly became addicted to the absurdity of taking found images, mostly from old books and magazines, and re-thinking the pre-existing image in another context.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Guest Artist: Susie Gesundheit
Susie is an artist in monotype, watercolor, acrylic, collage and encaustic. She likes to work in layers, textures, and expressive color. She graduated from UCLA in Painting/Sculpture/Design/Graphic Art in 1974. She is a member of Artist Co-op 7 and was invited to join the Art Panel and teach classes. She partner-teaches Watercolor in Winter Session and Figure Drawing in Fall Session online: www.sfvacc.org.
She maintains a print studio in Ventura in addition to her home studio. Today she continues at all her involvements: Artist Co-op 7, Art Panel and Instructor; Collage Artists of America; Women Painters West; Valley Watercolor Society; USC Hillel Art Gallery, Chair; Jewish Artists Initiative; Los Angeles Printmaking Society; California Art League; Frayed Edges; Women's Caucus; USC Roski School of Art and Design, Board of Councilors. Check out her website at https://www.susangesundheit.com/
Friday, January 24, 2020
Guest artist: Linda Lyke
My direction and voice as an artist is focused on meaning by analyzing the conditions of the natural world and the human interventions with both saving and destroying it. Using printmaking strategies and mixed media, I draw inspiration from my passion for nature through the articulation of ink and solvent to reveal my deep commitment to saving habitat and the diverse animals on the planet.
My recent exhibition at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Field Notes: When Taxonomy becomes Iconography, captures the spontaneous and immediate sense of discovery that stems from close observation of avian and megafauna in Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mari in Kenya.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Guest artist: Sydney A. Cross
Friday, September 27, 2019
Guest artist: Georgia Freedman-Harvey
Friday, May 17, 2019
Guest artist: Kathi Flood
Friday, March 22, 2019
Guest artist: Mary Sherwood
Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday, November 30, 2018
Guest artist: Laurie Raskin
Friday, September 28, 2018
Guest artist: Sandy Bleifer
Friday, May 18, 2018n
Guest artist: Melinda Smith Altshuler
Friday, March 23, 2018
Guest artist: Nancy Goodman Lawrence
Friday, January 26, 2018
Guest artist: Malka Nedivi
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