EAST AURORA ART SOCIETY
67th ANNUAL OUTDOOR FINE ART SHOW
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
JUNE 27 & 28, 2020
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East Aurora Art Society’s WNY guest artist, Sara Zak, joyfully demonstrated a semester’s worth of drawing techniques at their January 8th meeting! Her active lesson reminded the seasoned artists and introduced the novice members to valuable skills in creating a loose, accurately proportional drawing. She stressed the importance of direct observation, which is the preliminary research for a finished piece or as a beginning structure for a painting. Sara is an instructor at Villa Maria College and the University of Buffalo. Her oil paintings are included in the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Roswell Park Cancer Center collections.
East Aurora Art Society meets on the second Thursday of every month, September - June, 7:00 pm, at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street at Oakwood, East Aurora.
Meeting are open to the public and parking is free at the rear of the building. Like us on Facebook and visit us on the web: eaartsociety.weebly.com
Photo: Sara M. Zak at the drawing board. Photo by Sharon M. Bartell
Our January guest is Sara M. Zak. Sara is a Western New York visual artist specializing in oil painting and installation art. Sara’s perception of the all too quick passage of time and the intangibility of memory amplified by motherhood and her own father’s untimely death manifests itself in artmaking. Sara is the mother of two children who are integral to her practice.
Sara has paintings in the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Roswell Park Cancer Center collections. She is a highly-sought after art instructor and teaches at Villa Maria College. Sara holds degrees in Painting, Art History and Education. She is pursuing her MFA at SUNY Buffalo.
For the East Aurora Art Society, she will be demonstrating an academic approach to planar drawing using comparative measurement and a five value scale. She has studied with contemporary master realists Robert Liberace and David Shevlino and also incorporates many techniques of Dan Thompson.
Our East Aurora Art Society’s Members’ Holiday Party is Thursday, December 12 starting at 6 pm! Bring a small appetizer or dessert to share. Pizza will be provided. Please bring Christmas card covers and some craft supplies for our annual group activity to create ornaments for Absolut care residents. Donations will go to ROC (Rural Outreach Center in EA). Come and join us!
Our program for November 14 is Cindi O’Mara.
Cindi is a of native of Upstate New York where the love of natural forms inter-graded into her work. Cindi began her studies at Sage Collage (Junior College of Albany) and Continued Studies at Nazareth College of Rochester. Studies in painting and drawing continued with several mentors and workshops. For several years she has lived and worked in Western New York.
As an Exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists Cindi is currently serving on the BSA Board of Directors. Her work has been exhibited in several BSA Exhibitions and has assisted in organizing exhibitions for Buffalo Society of Artists and several other arts organizations and galleries. Her work has been spotlighted in one person exhibitions in several galleries in recent years.
Cindi works in acrylics, graphite and color pencils exploring details of organic forms.
I create works that speak to a richer meaning found within ourselves. Everyday life is filled with an abundance of “distractions”. The precious connections between our-selves and nature are often pushed aside and forgotten. Interpretations of nature range from symbolism and metaphors to lovely interpretations creating a variety of responses from our inner self.
Flowers, leaves, grasses, and other natural forms have a presence. The experience of observing them closely reminds us of the cycles of life. Observational studies reveal these details - the lines, shapes, colors, and textures, rhythm and movement that is created promotes energy and structure as we witness the interconnection be-tween humanity and nature, reminding us that we share our journey with these forms.
Join us this Thursday for a special program for October 10 (7:00 pm). All are welcome!
PRINTMAKING by SUSAN RUDNICKI
My topic will be Printmaking with woodcuts, linocuts and eraser cuts.
I grew up in a household where art making, by pretty much everyone there, was a regular activity. My father (David Pratt) was of the firm opinion that everybody could paint, if they would only take the trouble to do it. Every Saturday night we would all gather around the dining room table and paint, while listening to Jazz records.
I attended school at Syracuse University, concentrating in Art my second year, moved on to the College of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas, before transferring to the Kansas City Art Institute, and earning a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from there in 1973. I worked making jewelry, as a Library Clerk, and as a woodworker making bentwood bracelets before going back to school at Southwest Missouri State University, (summers, 1978-1980) getting teaching certification for Art, and incidentally picking up a few graduate art classes.
I taught for a couple of years before taking a job checkering and carving on Gunstocks in late 1980. As a professional woodcarver, it was no great stretch to begin carving woodcuts and printing them on the side. I already knew the printmaking process, and enjoyed making prints for Christmas cards and gifts.
After 12 years of gunstock checkering and carving, I received a MLS from UB and worked in libraries for the next 20+ years. I am glad to be retired now, painting and printmaking again. I did library workshops for students and adults, teaching a wide variety of techniques, including painting and printmaking.
I have two children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandson, and if any of them come to visit, I drop everything else so I can spend time with them.
Thank you to all who participated in our 2019 annual outdoor June Show. Special thanks to Charlie Houseman for being our judge this year. Thanks also to all of our members, friends, Town of Aurora, EA Middle School, the Roycroft, and our sponsors who all help make it happen. We hope to see you again next year. Congratulations to all our talented artists!
Best of Show: Susan Ott
Acrylic- 1st: Dorothy Rosche, 2nd: Conrad Borucki, 3rd: Linda Hall, HM: Sadie Bellinger & Brian Berberich
Watercolor- 1st: Debra Meier, 2nd: Veronica Benes, 3rd: Lynn Davis, HM: Susan Larkin
Oil- 1st: Nancy Cerny, 2nd: Walter Carrick, 3rd: Margaret Wettlaufer
Drawing- 1st: Amanda Polanski, 2nd: Paul Cutting, HM: Robert Finn
Pastel - 1st: Sharon Schasel Brown, 2nd: Becky Schaffer, 3rd: Sharon Fundalinski, HM: Walt Witmer & Pat Durham
Mixed Media- 1st: Sharon Bartell
Photography- 1st: Dee Koenig, HM: Linda Jelowski
Photo caption: Just a few of the many East Aurora Art Society June Show 2019 Top Award Winners (left to right): Amanda Polanski, Debra Meier, Sharon Schasel Brown, Susan Ott (Best of Show), Dee Koenig, Sharon Bartell, and Dorothy Rosche.
Here is a photo of our EAAS June meeting. Left to Right: Lynn Davis, Program Director; Susan Rudnicky, Vice President; Christina Paul, new member. Watercolor painting by S. Rudnicky. Photo by Sharon Bartell.
At their last meeting of the year, E Aurora Art Society members shared tips and answered questions regarding the upcoming 66th June Outdoor Art Show, 29 & 30. They viewed an art video about acrylic plein-air painting and visited over refreshments.
The EAAS meets on all second Thursdays at 7pm from September through June at the EA Senior Center, 101 King St. Admission and parking are free. Find us on Facebook; on our website: eaartsociety.weebly.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sharon Bartell
The East Aurora Art Society Annual Outdoor Fine Art Exhibit and Sale is this weekend and the weather forecast looks wonderful! Thanks to all who help make this event possible... Our members and friends, the EA Village and school, our neighbors the Roycroft Campus, and ths year's sponsors: Bank of Holland, Meibohm's, Advertiser, Vidler's, Norberg's, and the Dog Bar. Meet you at the snow fence soon!
Jennifer Koury delights in the play of light and color on forms to create atmospheric moods in her paintings. Her plein air works exhibit her passion for the effects of the natural world, including wind, water, shadows, reflected light, and the emotions they create.
Koury has enjoyed a rewarding career as a dedicated painter, freelance illustrator, and designer. During the past several years, she has been an instructor in watercolor at the Burchfield Penney Art Center's International Center for Watercolor. In 2018, she was their Summer Resident Artist/Instructor, teaching a weekly series of workshops.
Her watercolor artwork is published in both children's and adult books. A previous finalist in the Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Koury's work can presently be seen in both private and public collections. Her work is featured at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and the children's wing of Yuma Regional Medical Center. She is a signature member and current Board member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, and a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists.
Jennifer graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. Koury then continued her studies graduating in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.
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