Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Richmond Christmas Walk

On Thursday, this past week, I gave a watercolor demonstration to two art classes at the high school. I had a really good time talking with the students. I got to see some of their work and we did a critique. I have to brag a little about the all the art teachers in our district. They do some awesome projects with the kids. At the high school level many of the students work are portfolio ready for an art school. Along with the painting class I had the opportunity to sit in on a clay class. I was impressed with their portrait reliefs that they were working on. I really wanted to sit down and join them. This weekend was our village's Christmas Walk. Santa arrived in a horse drawn carriage, rein-dog parade, carolers, elementary art show, art demonstrations at the gallery and shop owners dressed in period costumes. It was a three day event and I participated in this event at Front Street Gallery on Saturday. I gave demos in watercolor all day and led two little girls in an impromptu mini lesson. I was joined in demonstrations with one of the gallery potters, Jamie Lliff; Photographer,Mark Kahles; and a fellow gallery resident, painter of oils, Ed Ostendorf. On Sunday, Pat Holm, potter, and Adrian Hawk, painter and elementary art teacher, gave demos. Jamie led willing participants in making whistles out of clay. Jamie had many small pear shaped whistles made ahead. Adults and Children were encouraged to take that shape and make an animal or creature from their imagination. Once fired they will have a unique whistle that they created and a memory of the day. It was a popular spot. I liked where he was set up because it was right in front of my paintings hanging on the wall. :-) I was surprised by my parents coming down to support me and see the event. I had many friends stop by and appreciate each and everyone who stopped by. Now I have to get serious and begin my Christmas shopping and Christmas cards. I know admitting that has caused distress to anyone who is organized. I promise it will get done. Until the shopping is done, Gaylynn

1 comment:

debwardart said...

Looks like a great event - remind me next year and I'll try to get over there!

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