ArtFest Fort Myers returns to the River District on February 4th and 5th and for the first time this year, there are three opportunities to participate in workshops at the Alliance for the Arts with artists participating in the River District art festival. Called Brush With a Master, these workshops represent a new collaboration between ArtFest and the Alliance.
On Friday, February 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Panama City-based master artist Emilie Pritchard will introduce participants to the fascinating world of modern beadwork, and lead them in creating unique bracelets based on the evolution of the cube. Pritchard has been a weaver for most of her career, but recently broadened her horizons to include fascinating, geometrically-derived beadworks. Her jewelry and abstract pieces are as dazzling to the mind as they are to the eye. Her Bead Weaving Workshop is $85 for Alliance members and $100 for non-members.
On Monday, February 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. exploreWatercolor/Acrylic Collage with Ohio-based painter Mel Grunau. His realistic and abstract images tend to be infused with subdued colors, which he says reflects his reserved personality. His work has been purchased for numerous private and corporate, national and international collections. This is a great opportunity for artists of all levels to learn about the limitless possibilities of the watercolor/acrylic collage medium and to bring away new techniques for artistic expression. Grunau’s workshop is $150 for Alliance members and $175 for non-members. (On left is Grunau’s Evening Shadows.)
Then on Tuesday, February 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Minneapolis-based mother/daughter team of Rachelle & Teri Meagher will present Mixed Media Texture Techniques. They have quickly established a national reputation for their vibrantly colored, highly textured paintings. Teri Meagher was recently featured inside the front cover and on page one of The Artist’s Magazine. Come explore their toolbox of techniques that build layers of texture, color and loose abstract imagery. Their workshop is $150 for Alliance members and $175 for non-members.
All three Brush With a Master workshops will be held at the Alliance for the Arts on the corner of Colonial & McGregor in Fort Myers. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Contact Jamie Golob, education coordinator, at 239-939-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or get more information. Go to www.artinlee.org to download the entire new Winter/Spring Catalog of classes and workshops at the Alliance.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.