Last week was the ending of the 2 1/2 year ArtCloth Mastery Program in which I have been participating. It is a rigorous study in surface design techniques, color theory, design principles and professionalism that meets for 6 days, twice a year. In addition to the work done during class, participants are responsible for several assignments and for creating a body of work in between each session.
It has been sometimes delightful, sometimes frustrating, sometimes difficult, but always worthwhile. I have learned so much, not only from Jane Dunnewold, the instructor, but also from each of my classmates. The class culminated in an exhibition in San Antonio. Details on the exhibit are below for those who are interested in stopping by.
As with any ending, there is the question, "what now?" Most of my "free" time has been spent on class assignments. During the past five months I have also been busy writing a surface design book, to be published next spring. That schedule has meant that I have had no time in the studio since last September. Now I have the rest of the year stretching before me with the promise of lots of studio time. While this ending is bittersweet, I am looking forward to beginning a new body of work.
Nine other artists are also represented in the exhibition: Edie Brown, Gay Kemmis, Catherine Kirsch, Joy Lavrencik, Lynn Luukinen, Liz Napier, Jeanne Sisson, Priscilla Smith and Barbara Schneider. Radius Center is located at 106 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX. A book with artist statements and a representative photo of each artist's work can be viewed at http://www.blurb.com/books/1982335 .