Date(s) - October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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“Magnificent Skies in Watercolor”
Thursday & Friday Oct 26-27, 10:30am to 4:30pm
At the SDA Church, 2828 Eureka Way, Redding, CA 96001
$150 for members, $185 for non-members — Refundable to October 1 — Individual Memberships are $35/year. Click Here to join NVAL.
Signup & Pay Below or at the NVAL Carter House Gallery. Class limit is 20 students. A waiting list will be kept. Call the NVAL Carter House Gallery (11am-4pm) at 243-1023 to be added to the waiting list.
One Hour Lunch Break, best to bring a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided by NVAL.
The paintings of Julie Cohn have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibits in the United States, including the Akron Museum, Ohio: the Elizabeth S. Fine Museum, San Francisco, California; and Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley, California. Her artwork is included in many private collections, the Alemeda County Art Commission public collection, and is published in American Art Collector. Julie’s artwork and writing entitled, “Athletes of the Spirit: An Exploration of Disability Through Art and Writing” and a more recent body of artwork, “The Color of Black and White: Portraits and Figures”, have been featured in local and national publications.
Having extensive classical training in drawing and painting at U.C. Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts, and California College of the Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Julie has painted subjects from observation for many years. In her current work, she chooses to cull from her memory bank of images to depict subliminal worlds that emerge abstractly, revealing her strong connection to nature and humanity. She paints in her spacious art studio in Berkeley, CA. An innovative art instructor, in her studio for 30 years and at the College of Marin for 19 years, she enjoys helping others to find and develop their own creativity.
I love the way watercolor moves. For me, painting is about the conversation I have with this dancing medium. My desire is to respect the properties of watercolor – to guide it gently, let it do what it wants to do, and respond again. This conversation can last a few minutes or for hours at a time. I delve into a trance-like state, stopping only when the passage feels complete. Depending on the size and kind of painting, I usually paint from one to four passages.
The direction of some of my work is turning toward abstraction. I start each painting with a strong feeling toward a color and thick or thin applications of paint. As a painting evolves I use tools in addition to brushes, such as metal scrapers, to develop atmosphere out of which emerges an abstracted aspect of the natural world – plants, mountains, minerals, animals, or anything that presents itself. I enjoy the excitement of adding to and watching the forms develop. As I pursue this inner world of imagination and abstraction, I also keep in mind my classical training as a representational painter. Ultimately I envision a blend of these two forms in some of my artwork, as my memory of imagery and practice of observation continue to propel me.
There are many artists who have inspired me – Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O’Keefe, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, John Singer Sargent, I would put at the top, Paul Cezanne, whose mastery of color and composition is a continual source of learning.
What do I want to offer you, the viewer? I want to give you the opportunity to let art move you to a place that has no words, where you become a part of the artwork, forgetting your daily troubles and concerns, The content of my art is sometimes illusive, mysterious, other times representational and confrontational. As you delve into its depths to feel mystery and power or stay on the surface to enjoy physical beauty, I hope that you will be able to pause and absorb the positive force of creativity to feel a vital connection with the earth and all life.