sac - Watercolor http://somervilleartscouncil.org/taxonomy/term/30683 en Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer http://somervilleartscouncil.org/node/46443 <div class="field field-name-field-profile-website field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">www.curio-art.com</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A recent Artist Fellowship Finalist from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Johanna was trained in the tradition of hand bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. She has been a visual artist since her early years and uses her craft school training and artistic skills to create mixed media sculpture. Her sculptures often take the shape of animals and often tell a story. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park in 2013 and worked on a collaborative project about that Park that involves interactive sculpture and photography. She has shown her work regionally, nationally, and internationally and takes commissions. Johanna has been teaching for many years and enjoys watching students, from children to adults, get creative and come up with new ideas for mixed media artworks using the different skills she can offer.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:51:05 +0000 selkie5 46443 at http://somervilleartscouncil.org Candy Witcher - Artist & Art Instructor http://somervilleartscouncil.org/node/46408 <div class="field field-name-field-profile-website field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">http://www.candywitcher.com</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>"Art has always been a part of my life. From an early age my artistic family has inspired and motivated me to be creative and challenge myself. At twelve, I started oil painting lessons and discovered in college I preferred drawing over oil painting, and concentrated on the mediums of pencil, pen &amp; ink, charcoal, silver point and pastel. I received my BFA in Drawing from UNH.</p> <p>After graduating, I found I developed an interest in watercolors. I love to work with the effects of color, light and shadow. My paintings of glass objects such as marbles, jars of preserved fruits &amp; vegetables, glass candies and ornaments have improved my use of color and design. I am fascinated by the reflections and colors these reflective surfaces create and also by their cast shadows. To me, Art is a form of problem solving where you combine colors, shapes, textures and tones in stimulating and interesting ways to make harmonious and visually pleasing images.</p> <p>I love drawing and keep a sketchbook with me during the day to draw on the bus or at lunchtime. I consider drawing to be the most important artistic skill to master, and always tell myself when drawing to listen to my eyes and not my brain.</p> <p>My main focus in watercolor and/or pastels is the effects of color, light &amp; shadows. I am fascinated by reflections, colors on surfaces of objects like marbles &amp; glass jars and also by their cast shadows. Other subjects I enjoy drawing &amp; painting are portraits, animals, landscapes, spring flowers &amp; the American Southwest. </p> <p>I teach art classes on the weekends and love to see my students get inspired with the progress of their own paintings as they learn new techniques. In addition to the art classes taught from my home studio, I am the art instructor for the residents at The Somerville Home."</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-upload field-type-file field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><table class="sticky-enabled"> <thead><tr><th>Attachment</th><th>Size</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"><td><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="Image icon" title="image/jpeg" src="/modules/file/icons/image-x-generic.png" /> <a href="http://somervilleartscouncil.org/sacfiles/Well%20Preserved%20VIIc.JPG" type="image/jpeg; length=156173" title="Well Preserved VIIc.JPG">Well Preserved VIIc.JPG</a></span></td><td>152.51 KB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div></div></div> Mon, 21 May 2012 13:54:23 +0000 Candy 46408 at http://somervilleartscouncil.org