Pastels: Exploring the Still Life with Lesa VanSingel

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

May 6

Class Fee: $45 ($40 Members)

Ages 16-Adult

Capture the beauty of pastels while learning to draw a still life. In this class Lesa will guide you through the process of creating your own unique still life using pastel techniques such as feathering, scumbling, stippling and more. Learn how to effectively use color to add dimension to your still life objects. All materials are provided for this class. Bring a snack.

Dogwood Center Exhibit: Richard Wieth

Richard Wieth
March 25 – May 20
Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery

Richard D. Wieth is a West Michigan artist who has been painting, drawing and thinking creatively for almost all of his life. Born in Chicago, he attended Loyola Academy Prep before heading to the University of Denver.

Richard has been a full time artist for over twenty years and in that time his work has been included in many juried shows including the Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America.

By Richard about his work:

“I would like everyone who looks at my paintings to know for a moment the simple beauty of the simple things in life.  All too often people get caught up in details and fail to appreciate the enjoyment of simplicity.  I do not attempt to paint photographically and I always want my viewer to know without a doubt that they are viewing a painting.

 I paint with an impressionistic style that I believe lends itself to adding mystery and expression.  Art is true self-expression, each color, brush stroke or lack of brush stroke conveys emotion and self-expression.  I put a lot of faith in the viewer that they will be able to piece together the mystery, without spelling out every detail.  This interaction will help the viewer enjoy not only the moment of time that I am creating but also the painting as an art itself.

I would love it if people could see the simplicity of still lifes in their everyday environment or the deeper beauty of animals, nature, and people.  All of these subjects in their moments of simple beauty I render in a spontaneous, direct, and confident manner, in a hope that people will interact with my work more deeply and engagingly.  The ultimate goal of contributing to the beauty and enjoyment of life.

I hope that the energy and love that I put into my work will remain with the painting and will provide that loving energy to the viewers.”

This exhibit combines a collection of colorful landscape and impressionistic still life paintings.

Colored Pencil Workshop “Tulips” with Anita

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

April 25

Ages 14-Adult

After the long winter what a delight to see the tulips poking their heads through the earth. You can capture the beauty of these spring flowers with colored pencil artist, Anita Sams. Anita will skillfully guide you through the variety of pencil techniques such as blending, layering, and burnishing to create a realistic rendition of tulips. All materials are provided. Stop in at the NCCA-Artsplace to see Anita’s own work. Bring a lunch.