Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Portrait drawing resumes this Friday, September 2.

Portrait drawing resumes for the 2011-2012 season this Friday, September 2, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Cost is still $5.00.  Doors to the ACVR warehouse will be open from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.  If you come late, call 651-278-5128 and we will come downstairs to let you in.

The schedule for portrait drawing from September through December is in an earlier post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New painting by Thomas Winterstein


Still Life
Oil Painting on Canvas Board
August 2011, 10 x 8 inches

Used with permission of artist, Thomas Winterstein

Sunday, August 21, 2011

OTA artist Tracie Thompson will be showing at the Fine Line Music Cafe

OTA artist Tracie Thompson will be showing at the Fine Line Music Cafe Thursday August 25 from 8 PM to close as part of a RAW event. From the RAW website,  "RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW." Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from the RAW website.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Old Town Artists welcomes Heather Johnson as its newest member

Old Town Artists welcomes Heather Johnson as its newest member.  She is an artist, videographer, and author. You can view her work at her website, and at MNartists.org. You can read her musings on Twitter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Life Drawing and Portrait Drawing Schedule: September-December

Month Date Day Life Drawing Portrait Drawing
September
2 Friday
Yes
7 Wednesday
Yes
9 Friday
Yes
14 Wednesday
Yes
16 Friday
Yes
21 Wednesday
Yes
23 Friday
Yes
28 Wednesday
Yes
30 Friday
Yes
October
5 Wednesday
No
7 Friday
No
12 Wednesday
Yes
14 Friday
Yes
19 Wednesday
Yes
21 Friday
Yes
26 Wednesday
Yes
28 Friday
Yes
November
2 Wednesday
Yes
4 Friday
Yes
9 Wednesday
Yes
11 Friday
Yes
16 Wednesday
Yes
18 Friday
Yes
23 Wednesday
Yes
25 Friday
No
December
2 Friday
Yes
7 Wednesday
Yes
9 Friday
Yes
14 Wednesday
Yes
16 Friday
Yes
21 Wednesday
Yes
23 Friday
Yes
28 Wednesday
Yes
30 Friday
No

Monday, August 8, 2011

Renee Vevea has a new blog

OTA member Renee Vevea has started a new blog, ReneeVeveaArt. It  showcases her new paintings and general musings on the art of painting, inspiration and creativity.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jurying the State Fair Art Show

If you have ever wondered what it is like to jury the State Fair Art Show, Douglas Beasley, who juryed the photographs for the 2009 show, describes what it was like for him to chose 107 photographs for exhibition from over 1,100 photographs entered into the show. He selected the photographs and awarded ribbons in one day.

Tom Winterstein, an Old Town Artists member, was an assistant to the oil painting judge about 10 years ago when over 600 paintings were entered into the show. He estimates that the judge spent 5 seconds or less evaluating a painting during the first round of jurying. If the judge said yes or maybe, the painting was put into the next round of jurying. If the judge said no, the painting was not accepted into the art show. Even at only 5 seconds per painting it took about an hour for the first round of jurying. This process was repeated two or three times. During each successive round of jurying, the judge took more time evaluating a painting. Finally, the paintings were laid side by side on the floor. The judge then walked among the paintings, comparing them, to make the final 10 or 20 rejections. After this the judge had to award the ribbons to the paintings. Tom says it was a very long day.

The entries and accepted works in each category for this year's show (2011) are shown below. Between 16- 22 percent of the works entered in each category were accepted for the art show.
CategoryEntriesAccepted
1. Oil/acrylic/mixed media55697
2. Sculpture14925
3. Watercolor/gouache/casein/tempera16629
4. Drawings/pastel17830
5. Prints5412
6. Ceramics/glass11222
7. Textiles/fibers7315
8. Photography796125
TOTAL2084355

Old Town Artist Tracie Thompson profiled in Star-Tribune

Old Town Artist Tracie Thompson was profiled in the Sunday, August 7, Star-Tribune Lifestyle section. The article describes Tracie's work as a mural artist who helps homeowners correct design problems in their rooms with the murals she paints.