80th Annual National Exhibition
June 6, 2021 ~ July 23, 2021
Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center
620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Selection Juror: Alexis Lavine
Awards Judge: Stan Miller
Juror of Selection
“Making art is an essential and defining part of who I am and how I live,” says Alexis Lavine. “I see so much that intrigues me, and I am endlessly challenged to express what I see and how I feel, in my own way, through my art.” Alexis paints exclusively with watercolor, and frequently works “en plein air.” When she is not painting outdoors, she can be found working in her studio, where she constructs paintings which are thoughtfully designed, carefully drawn, and sensitively painted. Recognizing the importance of education, Alexis is an enthusiastic art instructor, who teaches painting and drawing classes and workshops, in her home studio and elsewhere around the country. She loves to communicate about art, share her experience and knowledge, and help her students achieve greater creative success. Alexis has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina since 2002. Recently honored as “One to Watch” by Watercolor Artist Magazine, her paintings have been published in Splash, The Artistic Touch, The Best of Watercolor, and Watercolor Artist. Creative Art Press has published a six- DVD instructional series, called “Creative Watercolor Using Photographs” featuring her watercolor demos. www.alexislavineartist.com.
Stan Miller is a signature member and award winner with the American Watercolor Society. In 2011 he received first place in painting at the Art in the Pearl Fair, in Portland, Oregon. He received a first place award in the Artist’s Magazine competition for landscape and he received the grand prize in the Watercolor Magic Magazine painting competition. He also won third place in the Artist’s Magazine painting competition for his painting called, “Nick’s Gaze”, a portrait. He won the Carol Duke Artist Award of Excellence at the Bellevue Arts Museum Art Fair in Bellevue, Washington. He gives workshops around the United States as well as in Canada. In 2006 he instructed a workshop with Plein Air Painters of America in France. He has also instructed a workshop for the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver, BC. Although unavailable at the time, in 2012 he was asked to jury the National Watercolor Society Exhibition. In recent years past, Stan visited, taught and exhibited work in Thailand and France. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as an AWS award winner, Stan Miller also teaches workshops and classes in Spokane, the United States and around the world.
In this workshop, Stan Miller will demonstrate a variety of techniques and approaches to the landscape and portrait every morning. Students have the option of working from their own subjects or working from instructor handouts. Students are encouraged to bring several photos of subjects they are interested in painting. How to incorporate elements of realism, impressionism and abstractions into our paintings will be addressed and demonstrated. The instructor will individually visit each student and handouts will be available. Choosing a printable subject that matches one’s skill will be addressed as well as a variety of other topics. The importance of color and light, as well as composition and design is critical if our desire is to evoke a powerful mood or message.
See the Workshop Brochure for more information!