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New Pickwick Workshop Series Offered in Downtown Middletown
Finally!!! I can finally announce a partnership that promises to bring some nationally recognized artist to Downtown Middletown and we are pretty darn excited about it!
Chris Lohr, owned of the Pickwick House & Studio, and Linda Riesenberg Fisler chatted over lunch one day. Linda expressed her desire to host a workshop series and Chris joined Linda in that desire. After a little more conversation, the Pickwick Studio Workshop Series was created!!
Chris and Linda met a few times discussing the details and then they got to work. After having attended many workshops, instructing, and talking with other artists, it was clear that students lamented that they desired smaller class sizes so that more one on one instruction could be given. They also lamented that they would prefer to have workshop offered to just intermediate to advanced students so that time could be spent on topics not covered due to the limitations of time and class size.
“I’ve always wanted to launch a series of workshops that was geared to a piece of the art market that I don’t think is being addressed; a small class size (ten students) filled with artists who are at the intermediate to advance level and want a fun but intensive experience with a master artist. If we could have gone smaller and made the numbers work, meaning cover the daily rate of the master artist and other costs, we would have. The numbers don’t work for anything smaller, but we are hopeful that this experience will blow artists away!” Riesenberg-Fisler commented. “Chris and I are into a lot of different things–writing, creating music, marketing, and so on. We may even expand our scope a bit in the future. It’s a thought, but for now we are focused on bringing master artists here for workshops that intermediate to advanced painters would enjoy attending. These workshop are designed to help us up our game, be intensive, provide lots of attention, but be friendly and fun too.” The Pickwick Studio Workshop Series is just starting out and just starting to pull its 2017 calendar together, but it is not wasting any time!
Kicking off the series is a nationally recognized master artist who lives forty miles from the Canadian border in Montana. Carolyn Anderson, who has appeared as a guest on Riesenberg Fisler’s Art Chat a number of times, will open the series in March. Carolyn is well known to artists and her work is recognized across the nation. “The workshop will focus on fixed subject with fixed light,” Carolyn explained. “We’ll be painting utilizing live models and on the last day, we’ll discuss painting from photographs.” For more on the workshop, which is entitled, “Interpreting Reality”, Click here.
In July 2017, Pickwick Studio Workshop Series welcome Debra Keirce, who is a master artist who specializes in painting miniatures. Here paintings can sit in the palm of your hand, but the detail achieved is amazing! Debra lives in Virginia and travels across the nation(and sometimes internationally) conducting workshops, attending award shows for miniatures and painting with her group of artist mentors. She also has been a guest on Art Chat. “The benefits of painting in miniature include smaller work and storage spaces, less expense in supplies and shipping, a unique niche audience in the art world, and the camaraderie of a unique group of artists once you are assimilated into the societies and shows.” Debra described. For more information on this workshop, Click here.
You may recall that these workshops are design to accommodate a small number of artists–TEN–to be precise. If you want to attend either or both of these workshops, we advise you to sign up quickly. Don’t take a chance and wait–it may fill up quickly and you’ll be left out in the cold!
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