Press release from Cullowhee Mountain Arts:
Cullowhee Mountain Arts is hosting artists Judith Kruger and Chris Liberti, each to teach artist workshops during the October Retreat + Workshops, October 22 – 27 at beautiful Lake Logan Conference Center.
Judith Kruger is a visual artist whose paintings, prints and mixed media works address Human-Environment connectivity. She is recognized internationally for her advocacy of historic, natural painting materials and historic, ecological processes. Kruger holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of recent professional development grants from the Target Foundation and Mass MoCA’s Assets for Artists program. Judith resides and works from her studio in Litchfield, Connecticut.
In Judith’s workshop, “Abstract Alchemy,” students will reinterpret nature’s deep imagery and essence employing matter from nature itself, within a limited palette. Paint, ink and home-made gesso will be made from inorganic and organic sources including pine soot, shells and earth minerals. Natural metallics will be introduced for warmth and depth. This meaningful, process-driven, ecological (non-toxic, water-based) work truly nurtures the heart and spirit. Abstractionists and realists at all skill levels are welcome.
Chris Liberti was born in Buffalo, New York (1974), and studied Fine Arts/Painting & Urban Planning at Buffalo State College where he earned his BS. He studied with the painter Jim Phalen, formerly a student of Bay Area painter, Paul Wonner. He was employed as a decorative painter and muralist in New York City from 1999-2007, working on projects such as the Russian Tea Room and Waldorf Astoria. His work has been presented in numerous group and solo shows throughout the U.S in California, New York, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. His paintings have been collected by private and corporate collectors both nationally and internationally. He maintains a studio and resides with his wife and his two daughters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Liberti’s workshop, “Strengthening the Foundation: Color, Value, Composition and Surface,” students will work from still life and the natural surroundings of Lake Logan’s 300-acre campus of nature. Chris will lead exercises in value and color with an emphasis on teaching students to consciously and confidently make color and value decisions. Emphasis will be placed on allowing one’s intuitions and curiosities to lead the way, with color, value and form being the building blocks towards capturing individual conceptions.
“I am delighted to consider the possibilities for this retreat + workshops. Students will be exploding with new ideas and creative concepts! During these 5 days have opportunities to expand ideas and get exposed to new concepts and inspirations gleaned from the interaction and conversations with other participants. What could be better than to step out of the chaos of our overly stressed lives and be nurtured in this peaceful environment, stimulated with new teachings and given unlimited time to create, reflect and rest.” Norma Hendrix, Executive Director, Cullowhee Arts~
For all the details: www.cullowheemountainarts.org or 828-342-7899. The workshop retreat is all inclusive. Commuter options are available if space allows.