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Saskatchewan artist in residence at Okanagan School of the Arts
Saskatchewan artist Anne McElroy has taken up the artist-residence mantle at the Okanagan School of the Arts.
From July 24 to 27, the abstract painter and teacher will be sharing her art and thoughts at the Shatford Centre through both her chosen project and a weekend workshop.
McElroy will be giving an artist’s talk on July 24 at 7 p.m. based on conversations she held with nine abstract artists from Saskatoon, which is where she lives, teaches and paints. The list includes Alicia Popoff, Clint Hunker, Degen Lindner, Edward Epp, Eve Barbeau, Kim Ennis, Lorenzo Dupuis, Melvyn Malkin.
“I look forward to giving a PowerPoint presentation of images of their work and sharing the essence of the conversations I have so enjoyed having with them,” wrote McElroy in a release. “My intention has been to shed light on their creative process: what inspires them, what typifies their own work and distinguishes it, what excites them, how their art has evolved over time and the practical qualities of their work.”
According to McElroy, the artists she chose all studied under the same mentors, in the same physical location, often at the same time as the others, yet their work and ideas are disparate.
“I was not prepared for the discovery of the similarities as well as the differences in their responses,” wrote McElroy.
She will also teach a weekend workshop, Painting Toward Abstraction, encouraging students to explore leaving the comfort of rendering and representation and push towards a looser interpretation of their surroundings.
“We will experiment with working from still life, landscape, music, possibly figure, and make use of sketches as initial working pieces. Emphasis will be on quality of mark-making, formal qualities of art and most importantly having fun,” she writes.
Visit www.osarts.com for more information.