The third annual Winter event - When the Dust Settles - with Shannon from the Richeson School and Art Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin was CREATIVE, ENRICHING AND FUN! It was held at:
Grafton High School on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.
We continued the tradition of a pastel painting exchange, as well as general holiday merry-making next year. The pot-luck offerings gave us all a gourmet lunch! Thank you for everyone who attended and special appreciation, as always, to Marcia Gorra-Patek for hosting again!
Our 2018 summer picnic and plein air event took place on Saturday, July 21st at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha.
WPA is beginning a new activity for members! It's called "DUST BUDDIES"!
It's a 'play date' with fellow members. The first date is Saturday, February 16th, from 1:00-4:00 pm, at Grafton High School. (Thank you Marcia Gorra-Patek for hosting us again!). The second date is Sunday, April 28th, again from 1:00-4:00 pm, at the high school. Bring all your supplies; work you have started or work that is half-finished; bring all the questions you have always wondered about; and be prepared to:
EXPLORE, CREATE, EXPERIMENT
WPA Member Colette Odya Smith attended the current Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She said she felt honored to select a drawing titled "CELLULAR AMMUNITION,” completed by Amaya Haupert, a student artist at Nicolet High School. Haupert will receive a $100 gift certificate from the Wisconsin Pastel Artists.
In commenting on her drawing, Haupert said, "after I finished, I wrote a little statement about what it means to me. To sum it up, the hands in the drawing are both holding a phone and the bottom one, to me, looks somewhat like a gun. I wanted this piece to represent how our generation is so reliant on technology. Even though cell phones and the internet have proven to be one of the most profound inventions of all time, in the back of my mind, I always fear the day technology will surpass genuine human interaction. And it's something I can see happening every day. As we grow older, we forget how to form deep, meaningful relationships - the intimacy is lost. That's why I feel like everyone should disconnect for long periods of time so they can actually appreciate the moment their living in right now. "
Currently, Haupert is "working on furthering my education in art. I'm a second-semester senior and was recently accepted to MIAD ...so hopefully, I'll be going there in the fall."
The WPA board will continue to acknowledge a student artist in this prestigious exhibit every year.
The exhibit dates for the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit are February 2 - March 17, 2019.
Members gather to begin exploring and experimenting with materials brought by Shannon Piette.
CURRENT MEMBER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
A brick has been donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society in Paula Buran’s name. Paula was a member of the WPA and before her death, donated all of her art supplies to members. The brick is located in the entry way to the courtyard.
2019 - WPA honors student artist, Amaya Haupert!
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!
The next meeting of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists will be on
Wednesday, March 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location is the West Allis City Hall at 7525 West Greenfield Avenue.
This will be a critique meeting - bring your work!
***Please come and share your ideas, your art and your questions ***
And a HUGE THANK-YOU to Shannon Piette, Executive Director of Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly, WI for providing a morning workshop and hundreds of pastels for us to choose from!
Shannon Molter, Associate Educator of Teen Programs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, acknowledged WPA's gift and said "Thank you so much for your thoughtful decision making. We are so proud of these outstanding young artists and are thrilled to offer them special encouragement through your gift."
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