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Benton McCloskey and Goldbeck headed to BWAC in NYC

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Circle Series #6 by Linda Benton McCloskey

Linda Benton McCloskey and Christine Goldbeck are among the 15 Daily Painters of Pennsylvania (DPP) whose work will show at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coaltion (BWAC) in Brooklyn from Sept. 22 through Oct. 21. The show is open to the public weekends from 1 to 6 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Goldbeck, who owns Arts on Union, an arts gallery and studio in Middletown, PA, is painting a summer water series in acrylics for the exhibition. Two of the paintings are representational landscapes while the others are abstractions of the colors and textures of water in the summer, at different times of day.  An avid walker and biker, Goldbeck is influenced by nature and likes to work with the colors and textures she sees while on her journeys.  What usually begin as a representational landscape often ends up as an imaginative abstract that has elements of Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. Trees, water and flowers are subjects for her paintings.

Benton McCloskey  begins a new work without a preconceived outcome in mind.  She simply begins painting and then intuition, love, desire, and experience take over.  When she is in this dream-like state, she gives way to the process and eventually begins to see and respond to shapes, forms, and movements.  Benton McCloskey then develops them further…regardless of the result, the painting takes her to a new and unexpected destination.

After changing careers and researching her family’s history, Benton McCloskey discovered that the American Regionalist Painter Thomas Hart Benton  was her great-uncle. Benton McCloskey’s art is influenced by the impulsive approach of the abstract expressionists de Kooning, Motherwell, Kline, Mitchell and Hofmann.  Discovering creative ways of expression and keeping traditional rules of painting out of the picture are priorities.  Since she enjoys varying her palette of colors and approaches, her recent non-objective works are mostly watermedia, encaustic and cold wax with  texture and color.  Diversity and choice intrigues her and is evident in her work.

Mechanicsburg artist Mary Beth Brath founded DPP in the fall of 2009. The DPP is an online blog group of professional visual artists that paint on a daily basis and reside in Pennsylvania. Members must be juried into the group and there is a monthly fee. Members are all gallery represented. Most have been published and have won awards for their work. Many have attained Signature Memberships in National and International Organizations. The group has 48 members.

The website brings the human element to viewing original art online.  Artists discuss techniques, materials, announce awards, exhibits and share the stories behind the paintings.  A personal blog page can be difficult to maintain since first priority is “in the studio.”  In a group blog, everyone works together to keep the site fresh and exciting for viewers and followers. Since the site is so active, it remains high on the search engine and gives the artists a strong online presence. Curators, gallerists and collectors have a location to view the work and read about the accomplishments of the group. Each June, the group exhibits in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building East Wing Rotunda. Visitors traveling from around the world stop to take pictures with the artwork. The show is anticipated by the legislators, Capitol employees and the public.

Summer on the Water 5

Summer on the Water 5 by Christine Goldbeck

Goldbeck’s paintings and photographs are in state, national and international corporate and private collections. She holds a Master of Fine Arts-Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA-IA) degree from Goddard College. In addition to classes and workshops at Arts on Union, she also teaches digital photography at the Art Association of Harrisburg, and photography and experimental mixed media painting at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen in Lancaster, PA. Goldbeck is a  juried member of the Guild.

Benton McCloskey has studied under international artists such as Gerald Brommer, Mary Todd Beam, Steven Aimone, and Katherine Chang Liu.  She is a member of local art groups and a teacher of experimental water media, collage, abstract design, cold wax & oil, and encaustic.  She is also a Signature Member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Baltimore Watercolor Society, plus has earned her Nautilus Membership in the International Society of Experimental Artists.


September Classes and Workshops Offered by M & M

M & M members will be offering a wide variety of classes and workshops beginning in September. There is definitely something for everyone!!! We appreciate your support for the following classes and workshops:

Linda Benton McCloskey will be offering Cold Wax and Oil Workshop at the Mechanicsburg Art Center beginning September 7. This 2 1/2 day workshop will explore the diversity of cold-wax medium with oil paint, pigment sticks and powdered pigments. Cold-wax medium is wonderful for oil painters (and abstract painters) to experiment with, using non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic but without the heat. This exciting medium is gaining widespread popularity, and opens doors for oil painters and abstract artists to explore new techniques and surface effects.

Thom Kulp will offer Experimental Mixed Media at Art Association of Harrisburg.  Using a mixture of experimental media, students will develop paintings in layers of materials and exciting new techniques. A variety of methods will be demonstrated throughout this 8 week course for developing expressive color and texture by pouring, layering, spraying, and stamping methods. This class is designed for both abstract and representational artists.

Elaine Brady Smith will begin a 10 week Collage Class at the Art Association of Harrisburg. This class is for all levels of experience and will cover the basics of collage and how to combine the elements and principles of design to make your collage work stand out. In addition, learn how to make decorative papers for use in collage and mixed media art.

Christine Goldbeck will offer 6 weeks of Basics of Digital Photography beginning September 15th at Art Association of Harrisburg. New and intermediate photographers will develop and improve their skills in pixel-based photography. through demonstration and hands-on experience, the course will cover important creative and technical principles. Students will learn about composing, editing, storing, and outputting(printing/website) digital photographs and more.

Encaustic Workshops will be offered by Linda Benton McCloskey and Elaine Brady Smith. Elaine will offer a one day Intro to Encaustic Art at the PA Guild of Craftsmen on September 22. The class will cover how to make your own medium, substrates, fusing methods and tools. Demonstrations are given on various techniques such as:  applying color, making marks with tools,  incising lines, imbedding objects, adding collage and transfers.

Linda will offer a 2 1/2 day Basic Encaustic Workshop beginning September 28 at her home studio at 600 Yale Street,  Harrisburg, PA. You will learn all the basic encaustic painting techniques such as layering, fusing, texture, line, scratching back, stamping, stenciling, transfers, etc. Contact Linda Benton McCloskey for more details.

Susan Darling to Instruct “Corks and Collage”

Susan Darling will be instructing a one-day collage workshop entitled “Corks and Collage.”

The workshop will take place at the Lynden Gallery on Saturday, August 18th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The Lynden Gallery is located at 117 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA  17022

This is the 3rd time for this event. Bring a bottle of wine and collage materials to share for an evening of creative fun and conversation.
Cost $35 – reservations suggested, but not required. For more information call (717) 367-9236

Linda Benton McCloskey Offers Advanced Encaustic On Paper

Linda Benton McCloskey will offer a 3 day Advanced Encaustic Workshop at the York Art Association, 220 South Marshall Street, York, PA 17402. The workshop begins Friday, August 20 at 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, August 21 from 9:00am to 3:30pm and Sunday, August 22 from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

The workshop is for advanced students. You must have previously taken Linda’s Basic Encaustic Workshop or have previous knowledge of encaustic.  In this workshop, Linda will be teaching new techniques and you will have ample time to paint; plus you will learn encaustic mono-printing on the Roland Hot Box®.

The only supplies you will need to bring are oil paints and paper towels.  All other supplies will be provided for a fee of $50 payable on the first day of workshop. The workshop fee is $85.

For more information and registration call York Art Association at 717-755-0028.

Linda Benton McCloskey in International Contemporary Artists” Vol IV.

Art by Linda Benton McCloskey has recently been published in “International Contemporary Artists, Vol IV”

“International Contemporary Artists” is a series of art books aiming to connect artists and the art world in a direct and effective way. Artists are invited to submit their work for selection in order to be included in the book. The selection is carefully made by a team of qualified jurors so as to ensure quality standards.

It takes more than talent for an artist to become successful.
She has to be part of a process that ensures that their work is seen and appreciated by potential buyers, exhibitors, galleries, etc. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Dedication to art and hard work is not enough for an artist whose aim is to be successful.
It is a fact that art collectors prefer “published artists” while considering a potential buy.

“International Contemporary Artists” art book makes it possible for artists to overcome the difficulties posed by an extremely rough and competitive market.
-It promotes the artwork of emerging and established artists to a vast public of art lovers, art collectors, gallery owners, curators, etc.
-It reaches out to a qualified audience.
-It makes artists more accessible.
-It provides an additional mean of exposure in an affordable cost.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com. ISBN: 9786188000704

View the book here.

Thom Kulp’s Summer Mixed Media Class at AAH

Thom Kulp will be teaching Experimental Mixed Media at Art Association of Harrisburg beginning July 18. The class will run 6 weeks on Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

In this session, students will experiment with collagraph prints. Making a collagraph printing plate and pulling prints from their plates will be a focus for the summer session class.  Thom will demonstrate how this technique can be an end unto itself or simply become another way to start a painting, i.e. LAYER, LAYER, LAYER!!! 

Each week will feature a demo and then a critique of the students work from the previous week.  In addition to collagraph printing, Thom will demonstrate how to make hand dyed tissue paper, how to create a composition with pre-made cut out shapes (randomly chosen), how to create a black and white composition with just gloss medium and black gesso, working on textured surfaces (spackling compound, glass bead gel, crackle paste etc.), and possibly starting a painting using “ink starts”. 

Thom’s main philosophy about anything he does or shows in class is that all these demos are simply different ways to START a painting.  It is up to the student to learn the techniques, incorporate them into THEIR own repertoire and add their own unique twists. 

For more information, or to register for the Experimental Mixed Media class, call Art Association of Harrisburg at 717-236-1432