3rd Painting Project completed for the Juvenile Probation Dept.

This is a closeup just below the Dixon Arch with the top portion of the old Nachusa House below it.

Debbie and I were asked to work with the kids in the Lee County Juvenile Probation department for the THIRD Time!

The last two times were murals, but this time we created 3 large scale paintings. We also had the kids work with us in the lower level of The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon.

This is the Presbyterian Church i Dixon at high noon.

We created paintings of 3 different Dixon buildings/landmarks. Totally different from what we've done before. They are 48" x 60".

Two teens and an artist worked on each painting. The third artist being, Arin Thompson.

Treins Jewelry on First St. in Dixon

Soon there will be a gallery opening for these 3 paintings. The kids and their families will get to experience an art show opening. After the show, these paintings will be installed permanently at the Lee County Courthouse.

Painting on site & LIVE

Art 4 Art's Sake Fundraiser for The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon, IL
Saturday, February 23, 2008

Along with 40 artists, I will be painting on site and live on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Commerce Towers in Dixon Illinois.

The artists will start arriving by noon or so, and will be set up to start on paintings (or jewelry, etc.) ranging in size from 20" x 24" to 30" x 40". Each piece of art will cover the broad spectrum of styles -- abstract, impressionism, to realism.

By 6:00 p.m. the ticket-paying public will be arriving to watch the artists in full throttle of their creations. Most people never see this happen. We artists can be a solitude bunch. So, from 6-8 p.m. the public can start bidding silently on each piece of work as they are being created and then just after 8 p.m. each piece will be brought on stage. The LIVE auction then starts at the silent bid high of each painting, jewelry, etc. All of the paintings will be done in a water media or some sort, so they will be dry when the new lucky owners take them home.

Live music by "Flying Fish" will be going strong. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and great appetizers, and sweets will be provided all evening. My restaurant, the Colonial Rose Inn, will be one of the food vendors that evening.

If you're in the area this particular weekend, come by. Tickets are currently being sold at three locations AND you may purchase them at the door that day.

for more detailed information on the event, ticket purchasing info, and a map of course. FYI...the Quality Inn and Comfort Inn (in Dixon, just off I88) are offering discounted rooms to anyone who mentions at the time of reservation, The Next Picture Show!

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Guest Artist Program -- Day 3

Student getting expert instruction from art teacher, Debbie Thompson.

Wooo hoooo! The paintings are signed, brushes cleaned and paper palettes thrown out. Canvases are everywhere (almost 150 of them).

Today was the easiest and most relaxed of the project. Mostly because the kids were very used to the system and we just really needed to do some minor detail work and sign the paintings. I have the kids just initial the paintings because, as most kids do, if they signed their whole name, most of them would use most of the lower half of the canvas to accomplish this task. So, we did the 3 initial system. Only one child signed it kind of in the middle. I just looked away and kept my mouth shut. heh

Wrapping those stripes around the canvas sides.

They really accomplished a lot for 11-12 year olds. Each class is around 42 minutes, then subtract initial set up, teacher talk, artist talk, paint .... paint .... paint....questions...answers, refill paints, paint... paint...clean your brushes...empty your water, clean your space...bell rings AND OFF THEY GO.

Another honor awaits some of the young artists. Five to six paintings will be selected from each class to be displayed at The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon. The gallery has a lower level that showcases student artwork throughout the 4 county area. When the gallery has an opening (juried adult art exhibitions) every 6 weeks or so, the student gallery also has their opening to the public. This brings in the students' family and friends who might otherwise not ever come into the gallery. It becomes a way of life to the general public.

Just adding her intials!

I believe the next opening is next Friday, (Oct. 19) for the Color Shots 2 (a color photography show). It will be fun.

The local paper sent a photographer and reporter today to interview the kids. Thanks for stopping by Melinda and Alex.

Well, it's time to get ready for the Y. I'm kinda beat and would like to skip this part of the evening, but a good set of crunches never hurt anyone, right?

Almost finished with the last minute touches.

Line up of artists and canvases.

These are my "as finished as they can be" demo paintings.

Silk Screening adventure

Last night, my teacher friend, Debbie, and I had a practice silk screening session in her garage. She is having her art classes do an interesting project between the Dixon Schools and the art gallery, The Next Picture Show, in town. The kids will learn how to do simple silk screen projects on clothing and accessories, then do a fashion show at the gallery on an opening night (for another art show) in February!

Since neither of us had done silk screening in maybe over 30 years, we thought it wise to practice and see what the pitfalls might be with a bunch of 5th and 6th graders!
Besides the cold temperature in the garage (even with a space heater), we had a good time playing with the ink and figuring out how much to use and how elaborate a design we can get away with for quality prints.

The picture at the top are some of the finished t-shirts. Not bad for a couple of neophytes in silk screening.
Oh, yeah, Debbie sent a call out to other schools outside of Dixon for the use of any silk screens, brayers, etc., and you should have seen the immediate response of other art teachers willing to loan equipment and even delivering them for this project. Thank you everyone!