Sorrel Sky Gallery Announces 3rd Annual Workshop Series

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Classes Offered with Artists Represented by the Gallery

artist, Stephen Day

"our staff often travels to the studios of our in-residence artists to observe their technique and understand their inspirations. This is a way for us to bring that experience to other working artists..."Shanan Campbell Wells, Gallery Owner

Sorrel Sky Gallery is proud to announce its new series of workshops taught by artists represented by the gallery both in Durango, CO and Santa Fe, NM. A variety of mediums are offered and they begin in February and run through April 2015.

Participating artists include Patsy Davis – sculpture, Stephen Day and Peggy Immel – Landscape Painting, Mimi Bonkowsky – Basketry, Barbara Bowles – Photography, and Linda St. Clair and Edward Aldrich – Painting Animals. Workshops are scheduled over weekends to encourage artists to come and stay to the location and enjoy the experience of learning with a master and getting to know the arts community in both Durango and Santa Fe.

Shanan Campbell Wells, gallery owner, says, “Our staff often travels to the studios of our in-residence artists to observe their technique and understand their inspirations. This is a way for us to bring that experience to other working artists as well as to someone who may just want to begin. “

February 21 – 22 (Durango) Sculpture for Bronze – Patsy Davis
Participants will gain an understanding of the process and the tools to begin a sculpture in clay to be either cast in bronze or used for reference. While completing a wire armature, students will learn how to build a clay figure from the skeletal structure out. Patsy offers interested artists an invaluable opportunity to benefit from her 40 plus years of experience.

February 27 – March 1 (Durango) Basics of Landscape Painting – Stephen Day
Participants will learn the basics of painting the Western and Southwestern landscape. The class will involve painting at least 5 small paintings during the three days. They will paint different seasons and different lighting conditions to help the artist face the many challenges of painting a landscape. Stephen Day will do daily demonstrations.

March 14 – 15 (Durango) Pine Needle Basketry – Mimi Bonkowske
Native Americans have practiced pine needle basketry for centuries. Mimi Bonkowske’s unique and complex pine needle designs expand on the traditional art form. Participants will learn how to create a work of art from all those pine needles in the yard.

March 27 – 29 (Durango) Elements of Landscape Painting – Peggy Immel
Elements of Landscape Painting is a three-day studio workshop in which participants will use field studies, photographs and sketches to develop studio landscape paintings. Reference materials will be provided but all are encouraged to bring their own. Topics covered will include subject choice, composition, values, color and light, linear and atmospheric perspective, edges and paint quality. Peggy’s daily demonstrations will be in oil, but other media are welcome and the workshop is open to artists of all ability levels.

March 28 – 29 (Santa Fe) Art Focused Photography – Barbara Bowles
Art Focused Photography – Learn the elements of design, how photography allows for creative expression and how to approach photography as image creating instead of picture taking. Tour selected Santa Fe galleries and museums while discussing composition and design with successful and experienced artist, photographer Barbara Bowles.

April 10 – 12 (Durango) Painting Animals with Emotion – Linda St. Clair
This workshop will focus on putting emotion into paintings of animals. Working with value, color, and brushwork, what to leave out and what is essential. St. Clair will do a small demo each day. Beginners to more advanced students are welcome. Participants should bring their own photographs as reference.

April 24 – 26 (Durango) Painting Animals – Edward Aldrich
Participants will work on both drawing and painting the varieties and subtleties of animals and their habitats. This is a three-day event with demos, discussions and critiques and painting. Students will work with oil paint and learn effective techniques for depicting fur and feathers while creating an illusion of form and solidity.

For more information and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555. A complete listing of workshops is listed below and available at Hotel accommodation packages are also available to those traveling.

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

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