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Artist Statement – Colleen Marquis: As a self taught artist, Colleen Marquis creates art that builds on natural talent as well as her incessant interest in exploring new ideas. Born in and a native of Louisiana, she started drawing at an early age and has spent many years learning new techniques self taught through her own explorations into the world of art. Her work includes paintings in watercolors and oils, extraordinary Pen and Ink drawings and creating three dimensional pieces made with mosaic tiles. Her work has been featured in many juried exhibitions and has won numerous awards including purchase awards. Traditional ideas combined with extraordinary talent have resulted in many fine pieces of artwork.
Artist’s Statement – Beth Dewenter: After I scaled the palace wall in the dead of night, I escaped the sultan’s harem and fled to Bay St. Louis where I found refuge in an art shoppe. A watercolor class was in progress, and wanting to blend in, I picked up a brush and splashed color onto paper following the teacher’s lead. I had no idea mixing colors on paper could be such fun. I wanted to do this on my own. After all, how hard could it be? And I would need a new wardrobe.
Dressing up in baggy, paint-stained scrubs was the perfect disguise to evade the sultan’s minions, and my adventure with painting began. In my previous life as a high school English teacher, books were my first recourse for information. Books. I bought lots of books on painting. Supplies. I bought lots of supplies, too. But the biggest influence on my burgeoning interest in art was the internet. Jerry’s Artarama offered free courses on painting. This lead inexorably to buying DVD’s and eventually to enrolling in subscription classes online. Watercolor led to acrylics which culminated in oils. Since my great escape in 2011 until now, becoming an artist is a joyful journey that has no end.
Artist’s Statement –Matt Monahan: Dad, Wood Carver, Tree Hugger, ArboristResides on the Northshore in eastern St. Tammany Parish. I have worked with wood for many years, always fascinated by the grains and colors exposed in freshly cut logs. Inspired and encouraged by others, I’ve gone in many directions, building furniture, clocks, walking sticks, etc., always knowing there was something there, but not quite finding it. Then upon watching someone carving figures with a chainsaw, and seeing the possibilities, I was drawn into a new avenue I didn’t know existed. First inspired by nature; – animals, birds, and creatures sprouted all around the house. The faces of children and the expressions of others showed me I could bring something to people.Since that fateful day in August 2005, the direction has changed some. No pain, no angst. Absolutely inspired by the spirit of the people of South Louisiana I’ve tried to express our experience, – the light I’ve seen shining through the dark times. Every once in awhile someone sees the spark and is moved. I continue to carve, fascinated, inspired by those who insist upon celebrating life!
Watercolor workshop with Alan Flattmann. Immediate Release 07/21/15.
Nationally acclaimed artist and New Orleans native, Alan Flattmann, recently taught a watercolor workshop introducing local artists to the unique style he uses when painting en plein air. The Slidell Art League hosted the event at the Front Street Marketplace, July 11, 12, 2015. Mr. Flattmann’s work in oil, pastel, and watercolor can be found in hundreds of private collections and many public collections. He has won numerous awards and was honored in 2006 with induction into the prestigious Pastel Society of America.
Mr. Flattmann will be conducting a pastel workshop at the Front Street Marketplace, 1808 Front St., Slidell on August 22, 23, 2015, 9 am to 4 pm, both days. This opportunity will once again be hosted by the Slidell Art League. Cost $120. Please contact SharonDeLong to register: 512-589-9802.