Click here toDean Vigyikan is an artist who grew up in western New York and received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. His career has included fine art painting, sculpture, illustration and graphic design. A traditional realist, Dean combines close observation of nature, spiritual impressions and vivid imagination in an effort to create pieces that are both inspiring and inventive. Among his primary subjects are humans and animals, with fantasy art as one of his favorite genres for depicting these subjects. Media he employs span the gamut from bronze sculpture to oils, acrylics and digital painting. Dean has completed many commissioned projects, and his self-initiated artworks have been featured in several solo exhibitions. His work has also been displayed in juried shows on the regional, state, and national level, won numerous awards, and been published in several books. Enthusiasts have enjoyed Dean's live presentations in which he has entertained audiences by demonstrating technique and answering questions about the creative process. edit.
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Last Thursday we had the pleasure to have Jan Agati Abbarno as our demonstrator. Jan is a recognized artist and educator whose roots are in Western New York. Her work is in permanent collections of The Roswell Park Cancer Institute and The Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York and is in numerous private collections throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited in Western New York at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Castellani Art Museum, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Meibohm Fine Arts, The Kenan Center, Western New York Artist's Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery, Studio Hart, Indigo Gallery and more. She has also has exhibited in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and by invitation at Bausch + Lomb Optics Corporate Art Program in Rochester, New York. In addition to maintaining her studio, Jan has participated in numerous public art projects, including: Art on Wheels, Restoration of The Mural at Friends of Night People Soup Kitchen, Design and Painting Of The Reflection Chapel at Our Lady of Hope Rectory. She served as Graphic designer for The Kavinoky Theatre and did freelance design work. A beloved teacher of 42 years, recently retired she continued to work with The Buffalo Public Schools for 2 years mentoring new art teachers. She now devotes herself full-time to the studio and volunteer work.
For more info please visit Jan's website:
This week we start a new exciting year! The demonstrator for our East Aurora Art Society September 8th meeting was Sarah Tobin. She has enjoyed watercolor painting in Western New York and on vacations all over the United States and Europe. After teaching 30 years in the Pioneer Middle School, Sarah continues to teach art at Genesee Community College in Arcade. There she teaches Drawing, Painting, Ceramics and Art History.
All are invited to join us at 7 pm at the EA Senior Center on King Street. Our meetings are held every second Thursday of the month from September to June. We hope to see you at our next meeting!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the East Aurora Art Walk this September at the Roycroft Chapel. It was a great turn out and we look forward to seeing you in April for the Spring Art Walk. View upcoming shows for more information.
Many of you are getting ready for back to school, and with fall around the corner our East Aurora Art Society meetings are starting back up as well!! Here are some things to look forward too.
*WE ARE UPDATING THE DIRECTORY
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*1st Meeting Sep. 14
*EA ART WALK Sep. 15
(Membership dues need to be paid to participate in ALL upcoming exhibits)
East Aurora Art Society June Show 2017 Top Award Winners (left to right): Ann Peterson, Nancy Zielinski, Howard Miller, Marty Kutas, Judy Hartke, and Len Rusin (not shown).
Our annual June outdoor show was a wonderful weekend of fine art, music, and gathering of our community. Thanks to all of our EAAS Members, Friends, Town of Aurora, EA Middle School, and our sponsors who all helped make it happen!
Congratulations to our East Aurora Art Society June Show 2017 Award Winners!
Best of Show: Howard Miller
Acrylic: 1st: Judy Hartke, 2nd: Conrad Borucki, 3rd Dorothy Rosche
Watercolor: 1st: Marty Kutas, 2nd: Ray Dietz, 3rd: Doreen Cutting
Oil: 1st: Len Rusin, 2nd: Nancy Cerny, 3rd: Katie Oehmler
Pastel/Drawing: 1st: Nancy Zielinski, 2nd: Sharon Schasel, 3rd: Amanda Polanski
Photography/Digital Art: 1st: Ann Peterson, 2nd: David Reade, 3rd: David Maynard
High School Student June Show 2017 Award Winners:
Blue ribbon: Sarah Mertzlufft
Blue ribbon: Elena Nicotra
Blue ribbon: Lauren Smith
Red ribbon: Christina Domondon
Red ribbon: Julia Pacer
Red ribbon: Aurora Warchocki
Yellow ribbon: Samira Debiew
Yellow ribbon: Mathew Liebler
Hello All! The East Aurora Fine Art Outdoor Show is coming soon on Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 2017 located on the lawn of the Middle School on Main Street (across from the Roycroft campus). This is our 64th year! It’s always a great community event! Come out and enjoy the fun!
Thank you to the following Sponsors!
At our June meeting this Thursday (6/8), Miranda Kirchmeyer is the Demonstrator for this month. She will be explaining how to frame your work. Hope to see you all there! Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Meet the Artist
Norberg's Art & Frame Shop is a unique top floor gallery located on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY. Artist, framer and proprietor Miranda Kirchmeyer specializes in creative and high quality custom framing services for artwork, prints and collectibles of all kinds. Her gallery features over a dozen local artists of different media and styles.
"Presentation is an art. Framing can drastically change the integrity and feeling of a piece, which is why it is so important to choose the right colors and style that will allow the work to really shine. I have many tips to share on how to creatively present and properly preserve different types of artwork that would be very helpful to artists selling their own work. I will be demonstrating the basics of choosing the right frame, how to cut a mat, and other useful techniques involve in the framing process.”
Hello everyone! It’s almost Thursday and that means another artist demonstration is on your way! This coming Thursday’s meeting will feature artist Timothy Brooks. The meeting starts at 7 pm.
Meet the Artist
“Smashed Butterfly” is the name of my first original piece of art. I had to be around 3 years old at the time and while most children scribbled images due to lack of motor skills, I distinctly remember being inspired by an actual butterfly that was “smashed” on our sidewalk. It was not the beautiful wings that usually inspire people but the disarray of the body parts and the smudged colors on the concrete “canvas” that drew my attention. Shortly afterwards, my mother asked me to draw in my baby book as a keepsake. I scribbled diligently at the drawing and proudly showed it to mom. When she asked what it was, I told her it was a smashed butterfly. A bit disturbed by my response my family got an early clue that I would grow up to see the world differently. There were a lot of smashed butterfly drawings that year. With the turn of a new century the digital world has opened a medium that finally lets me create the images I have always seen in my photographs. I do not layer images but rather reorient the pixels to distort and create brush like stokes that emulate the movement and emotion that originally inspired me. Using a giclee printing process on thick textured watercolor paper allows me to create depth and richness beyond what I can print on traditional photo paper.
~ Timothy Brooks
For more information about Timothy Brooks please visit his website.
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