What a whirlwind! As always, I learned more than I could take in. Art was everywhere – in our surroundings at the barn itself, in magnificent shows such as "Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints" at the Riffe Gallery in downtown Columbus and "Mastery: Sustaining Momentum" at the Dairy Barn in Athens.
Art filled each day as we designed, cut, pieced and critiqued our work. Our fabric was our paint and our rotary cutters were our brushes. We worked with figure/ground, high contrast, medium contrast, low contrast. Darks. Mediums. Lights. Neutrals. Glowing. Flat.
The design exercises focusing on color and value, glowing and flat are fascinating! It's exciting to add a new color and/or value and watch it change before your eyes and do something unexpected. As Nancy says, just when she thinks she's understanding a color/value interaction, "BAM! It knocks you sideways in a way you never saw coming!"
It was an honor and a highlight of the trip when Nancy invited us - her students - to attend the opening of the show she was curating at The Dairy Barn on Friday evening, May 28. Entitled "Mastery: Sustaining Momentum," it features stunning work from 12 master artists who have studied with her over the years. Artists such as Judy Kirpich, Marina Kamenskaya, Margaret Wolf, Gerri Spilka and Coleen Kole were there, and we soaked up the atmosphere.