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Guess it's the middle school art teacher in me. The bell rang every 50 minutes bringing to my room a very different group of students each glass period. Perhaps, as a result of that conditioning, my mind changes focus frequently. So, here are your multiple choice selections.
Floral Oil Pastels
Santa brought a HDTV for Christmas. Wow! I love the shows of extreme skiers flying off snowy cliffs and jet fighter pilots zooming low over mountain tops to dive bomb their poor little targets.
It never occurred to me to view my big floral oil pastels in that way, but that's the exact effect I've been going for all along. Building layer on layer of oil pastel, I study the 3-D structure of the flower, as well as the lighting effects on translucent pastels. The resulting piece is often an insect's view, perched on an outer petal ready to take the plunge.
As a teenager, I received an origami book from my aunt at our very boring Christmas party. I enlisted everyone's help to figure out the paper folding instructions with next to no success. A month later, when I needed a study break, I pulled the book back out. I couldn't put it down 'til I finished all the models in that short beginner's book. I was hooked.
I taught my middle school Art students origami. They donated origami tree ornaments to Christmas charities and always had cool things to hang from their lesson on balance - a mobile.
Now I aim at the original or a variation on a traditional model. Sometimes I'll combine models into something new. "Dancing with the Stars" on TV got mixed up in my head with a visit to the Field Museum's updated exhibit of dinosaurs that resulted in a series of origami sculptures "Dancin' with the Dinos."
I couldn't do it, just couldn't. I passed the technical tests, got certified and jumped overboard even with shark fins in site. I could just not figure out how to transfer those dive images into art. Forget underwater photography - too much cost and technical difficulty for me.
Since joining Chicago's Shedd Aquarium as a volunteer Caribbean reef diver, I get fish to pose for me every Wednesday afternoon. I observe my sea creature buddies both inside and outside the exhibit. It's given me time to think and plan. I've completed several SCUBA views in oils, oil pastels, pastels and watercolor. It's a challenge to convey the constantly changing sparkle, color and movement of this very different world of water.
After joining the Shedd Aquarium's collection trip in the fall of 2008 in the Bahamas, I've been doing a lot of tropical fish subjects. After chasing fish under water all day, I relaxed just watching the clouds go by. Funny thing- they started looking like fish. Other people see sheep, bunnies and funny faces in clouds, I saw fish, so that's what I've started painting . . . fishy clouds?
1973, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - M.S. in Art Education
1971, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL - B.F.A. in Art Education
3/2005 Studied watercolor painting with artist Mel Satbin associated with"Flying Colors" watercolor group of Acapulco, MXW
8/1997 Studied at " Watercolor Weeks" at Woebley, Hereforeshire, England
Art Teaching Experience
2003 - 1976 Kahler Middle School, Lake Central School, New Market, IN
1976 - 1974 Southmont Jr./Sr. High School, New Market, IN
1973 - 1971 Linden School (grades K-8) N. Montgomery School Corp., Linden, IN
Solo Exhibition2007 April 14 - May 15, "April Showers", Crown Point Art Center 1973 - 1971 in conjunction with South Shore Arts, Munster, In an exhibit of 18 floral oil pastels1990 Solo Exhibit of Oil pastels, Buckin' "A" Cafe, Chicago, IL Exhibitions
2009 Nov 13 "Art Sharks" Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL, Benefit
2009 Sept. 25 - Oct.13 " Fusion of the Arts", Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN
2009 Sept. 13 - Nov.1 "Salon Show" South Shore Arts", Munster, IN
2008 "Fusion of the Arts" - a juried exhibition in conjunction with the 3rd annual
Regional Arts Summit Gallery Northwest, Tamarack Hall, Indiana University
Northwest, Gary, IN
2007 Group Show "Fascinating Animals" 6th Annual Juried Wildlife Art Show,
Friends of the Columbia Zoo, Lafayette, IN
2007 Group Show " 14th Annual Juried Exhibit" , Art Barn, Valparaiso, IN
2006 Group Show" Art Barn, Valparaiso IN " 13th Annual Juried Exhibit".
2005 Group Show " Salon Show" at South Shore Arts
2005 Group Show " Shedd Expressions", John G. Shedd Aquarium Volunteers
ExhibitCollectionsJohn G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago,IL "Pacific Reef" (oil) is on display in the volunteer office "Home Reef" (oil) is displayed outside the Caribbean reef dive locker roomDonations
2005 "12th Annual Juried Art Exhibit" , Art Barn, Valparaiso, IN
1985 Group Exhibit "42nd Annual Salon Show" South Shore Arts, Munster, IN
2008 John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL, for "Art Sharks" Benefit, donated a soft pastel painting titled "Aquarium Diver's View"Grants
2007 South Shore Arts, Munster, IN, for "Beau Arts" Ball, donated an oil pastel painting titled "Deep in the Heart of Summer".
1996 I received a "Lily Teacher Creativity Grant" from the Lily Corporation, Indianapolis, IN, to create oil pastels and watercolors of subjects in the Indiana State Parks and to share my work and experiences with my students the following school year.Associations18artists.comJohn Shedd Aquarium VolunteersIndiana State Retired Teacher's Association