June 12th, 2019
"Keep It Simple"
National Avenue Christian Church Gallery
1515 South National Ave. Springfield, MO
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The guild was organized in 1996 and is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. We welcome visual artists 18 years and older, of all media and levels of expertise, including art professionals, emerging artists, and those who appreciate art. The Guild meets monthly for programs, sponsors workshops, organizes exhibitions and facilitates the interchange of ideas, information, and motivation for their members and the arts community.
Studio 55's monthly programs are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO.
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© Farley Lewis
Farley Lewis will demonstrate in his talk how outstanding paintings are based on simplicity, whether one is choosing a subject matter or adding the final details to a painting. Farley said: "Someone has said that artists see more than others do, but to develop as an artist requires that we learn to see less. To see a busy scene with a million details and be able to recognize simple overall shapes and values and patterns is one of the greatest secrets of doing better paintings. In this session I will discuss why, when and how to keep it simple, and how to avoid the pitfalls of this principle.” To illustrate his methods, he will use a Power Point presentation, handout, display several of his acrylic paintings and do a short demo.
Lewis is an award-winning artist and a member of Fresh Gallery in downtown Springfield Missouri. In addition to his fine art paintings, he also paints murals, house portraits, and does commissioned paintings. He enjoys working in the studio and plein air and also teaches painting classes and workshops. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Missouri State University in 1985. He started and ran a sign shop and graphic design studio for several decades, which included doing paintings, illustrations and murals, and did some mural work for Bass Pro Shops. He has traveled a lot, painting places he has visited all over the globe, and has done murals in South Africa, Israel, Mexico and Canada. After pastoring for years, he again took up the brushes, going full-time as an artist in January of 2018.
He lives with his wife Kelly and one of his five grown children in Springfield, Missouri. One can learn more about his art and the classes he teaches by clicking here.
Visitors are welcome and we encourage you to join our guild after 3 visits for only $30 per year to support our projects, speakers, exhibits and other expenses.
Members and visitors are encouraged to bring a piece of their art for "show and share" for the meeting. This could be a finished piece or a work in progress you want some feedback on from other artists.
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