Vol. 2 - #2 Spring II 2016
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Best of Show
West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists at Peoria City Hall Gallery

Hi <<First Name>>,

Hope you're doing well. Many blessings in my world. First off the painting pictured Below, which was featured in my last newsletter, not only won the Juror's Award (2nd place) in the Arizona Aqueous International exhibition, but it also sold at the exhibit. I love a double whammy!

This month North Light Books featured the release of the much anticipated, Watercolor Masters and Legends by Betsy Dillard Stroud. It is extremely well written and I'm very honored Betsy chose my work for inclusion. Here's another double whammy. The painting hanging above my daughter Emily and I, pictured here at the awards ceremony for the West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists, was awarded Best of Show by juror Darlene Goto. A step by step demo of this painting is also included in Watercolor Masters and Legends. Yes, double whammy. Here's a review of Betsy's book on the Artists Network which just happens to be an excerpt from my chapter:

This just in: I received a call from the city of Peoria telling me there would be no need to pick up the painting above from the gallery at the end of the exhibition because they purchased it. That makes it a triple whammy!
27 X 21 inches - Transparent Watercolor on Paper
Juror's Award (2nd place) at Arizona Aqueous XXX
Tubac Center for the Arts, January 29 – March 13, 2016
On Saturday April 30th I met up with Jean Rossman and Carole Mathews for a day of printing monotypes at Carole's studio. Here are some of the prints I made. Used square plates for some of them. 
Loner #4
Plate Size: 7 X 7 inches
Monotype + Acrylic
Loner #2
Plate Size: 16.5 X 9.5 inches
Loner #3
Plate Size: 13 X 13 inches
Coastal Anxiety #17
Plate Size: 16.5 X 9.5 inches
Took advantage of free 1st Friday admission at the Phoenix Art Museum with the sole purpose of seeing the Fritz Scholder Exhibit, "Super Indian". Fritz is one of my favorite painters, right up there with Richard Diebenkorn.  

Overview from Phoenix Art Museum

"Fritz Scholder (American, 1937-2005) was a complex artist and one of the first Native Americans to be recognized for his significant contributions as a contemporary artist. A second-generation pop artist, Scholder first challenged cultural stereotypes of American Indians in the late 1960s. He developed a personal, colorfully abstract style that combines pop art with ideas found in expressionism, and his depictions of modern-day Indians revolutionized artistic representations of native peoples. The artist Theodore Waddell observed, Scholder “not only challenged assumptions but moved the needle of understanding.”

Scholder regularly worked on a large scale, and his paintings, as well as works on paper are bold, strikingly colorful compositions. Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 is a groundbreaking exhibition featuring more than 40 works and is the first to examine the ways Scholder attacked stereotypes about Native Americans. Included in the exhibition are items from his initial and controversial Indian Series, begun in 1967, when Bonanza was still the most popular program on television. The exhibition concludes with his Indian Land paintings of 1980. Super Indian demonstrates how, in little more than a decade, Scholder worked against tradition and expectations to create contemporary compositions that reshaped the art of the American West.

Organized by the Denver Art Museum, Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 brings together works from multiple private and public collections, including the Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars, artists and collectors."

Anyone remember this painting as a Jerry Reopelle Album cover?

Recent Work

Windowpane #2  -  25 X 19 inches  -  Acrylic and Gesso on Yupo
Windowpane #3 - 14 X 21 inches - Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
Coastal Anxiety #15
19 X 19 inches
Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Illustration Board

Freedom in Watermedia Workshop

This workshop is designed to teach students to paint in an intuitive manner starting with no preconceived notion or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Emotions and feelings will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and Acrylic. The intuitive process relies on "seeing" so there will be constant evaluation of work in progress and relationships between shape, texture, line, color and value. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is something aesthetically pleasing, unique and reflective of the artist's mind. 

Arizona Art Supply - May 28th, 2016 - 9:30AM to 4:00PM
Stupid me, scheduled this last year not even thinking about Memorial Day Weekend. As of the writing of this newsletter there are 7 openings. So if you're not looking forward to a long boring 3 day weekend sign up for some watermedia excitement. 

Arizona Art Supply -
June 25th, 2016 - 9:30AM to 4:00PM

Arizona Art Supply - Phoenix is located at 4025 North 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016

Classes are limited to 8 students so there's more one on one instruction.

Gold Coast Watercolor Society - January 16-18, 2017
1350 East Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 113, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, (954) 560-8665

If you're interested and want more details or would like to register you can reply to this email or through my website.

Here are two blog posts published by students who have taken my workshop and written about the experience in their respective blogs.
An artist whose work I admire and whose work is also featured in
Watercolor Masters and Legends:

The art of Virginia Cobb
Virginia Cobb
22 X 30 inches
Acrylic and Charcoal on Paper

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