Our free programs are open to the public and preceded by coffee and cookies at 7pm. Programs begin at 7:30 following announcements and end by 9 pm.
Margaret Bucholz – "Bold Watercolor Techniques: Pouring, Bull's Eye, and Wet on Wet"
Margaret's paintings stand out because of her bold use of color. While she works in other media, watercolor has been her passion since her days at the University of Hawaii where she studied fine art. She credits Hawaii with being responsible for her vibrant palette.
Margaret will demonstrate how to pour brilliant watercolor washes. She uses them in both realistic and abstract paintings. In the case of a realistic painting she begins with a detailed drawing and uses resist or mask to preserve the subject. The wash becomes a background. Margaret has attended workshops with many well known artists and will let you in on the tips and techniques she has learned from the masters as well as the tricks she has learned along the way in her many years of drawing and painting.
Sharon is a third generation artist who has worked in oil, watercolor and now pyrography, also sometimes known as wood burning. Her work has won numerous awards and been represented by galleries throughout the Chicago area.
Sharon finds each piece of wood to be unique and says that the grain pattern itself whispers possibilities for a painting. The burning instruments she uses range from the open flame of a blow torch to various heated metal surfaces, soldering irons, and burning blades. Transparent watercolor washes are used in conjunction with natural oil based wood stains to enhance the image. Sharon has developed her own unique style, based on classical art principles and focuses on rendering a realistic image guided by inspiration.
Learn what's involved in creating art in this most unique and fascinating medium. See more information about Sharon and her work at www.burningwithsharon.com.
Ann Leslie – Stained, Art & Beveled Glass
Ann Leslie is an accomplished stained glass artist with work in the homes of many prominent Chicagoans. Far from the typical church-window style of stained glass, Ann's art is more like a painting. She "paints" with glass pieces of many colors, working them into intricate designs for everything from windows and doors to jewelry and sculpture.
Ann will show us her own work as well as cover highlights in the history of stained, art and beveled glass. She is bringing her magnificent collection of glass pieces and jewels, many of which are very rare, for us to view. Her interactive presentation will touch on the Egyptian Glass works, the very secretive Glass Guilds of Europe and the greatest decorative glasswork ever made by Lewis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Karen Johnson – "Nature Art"
Karen is a freelance illustrator/fine artist with double degrees in biological illustration and entymology (the study of insects). Her realistic depictions of plants, animals and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract. She works in many different media including watercolor/gouache, acrylic, pastel, and scratchboard. Karen currently teaches pen and ink, scratchboard, and insect illustration classes at Morton Arboretum.
Karen will demonstrate how she achieves the incredible detail that makes her illustrations come alive. She will discuss her vivid color palette and show you how to develop abstract backgrounds and use the dry brush technique for fine details. You will have the opportunity to see her work and learn how to achieve the brilliant, glowing color seen in her illustrations.