By Stacey Bomser
Typically, an art exhibit features completed pieces on display for patrons to admire. During the Weston Art Guild’s Art Is…Encore! exhibit, six artists demonstrated their artistic techniques during a live paint-in.
This unique opportunity was presented during the Weston Art Guild’s second opening for its Art Is… exhibit at Gallery 1310 in the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts. The unique venue is both an artist residence and gallery. The live painting sessions complemented the living-working environment.
Six artists, representing different media, demonstrated their technique during the event. In addition to live painting, the artists explained their creative process to visitors while answering questions about their technique, background and future projects.
On the first floor of the gallery, Nancy Lussier used pencil, charcoal and pastels to complete a portrait, capturing the look of a photograph from the 1940’s.
Four artists were featured on the second floor. Patricia Beltran designed a figurative painting of a drummer using a palette knife with heavy weight acrylic on canvas. Lilfrancis Rojas used mixed media to create an abstract. Her collage technique featured crumbled paper on canvas and wood. Susan Gillingham painted tropical images and seascapes using acrylic on miniature canvas.
Kay Kiara created abstract art using different techniques. She began with a collage using paper and fabric on canvas. Then applied a glazed effect using medium gloss and varnish. Later Kiara used alcohol to create movement and add texture over acrylic paint. Finally, she added additional texture with glass beads and finished the painting with heavy weight acrylic applied with a palette knife.
On the third level, Becky Blackwood used oil on canvas to paint a beautiful bromeliad, Neoregelia Mea.
Weston Art Guild President Lynda Sauls says visitors thoroughly enjoyed watching each artist, asking questions and viewing the beautiful work. “We are looking forward to holding live painting events in the future. We feel this is a great way to get local artists and the community in touch with each other.”
The Weston Art Guild’s next exhibit will be here in Weston. The 9th Annual Juried Art Show takes place November 2nd through December 28th at the Weston Branch Library. The reception and awards presentation is scheduled for November 13th from 6-7:30 pm.