Note: Our June 15, 2021 program will be online live only at 10:30 am, and not pre-recorded. A link will be sent to members on that date.
Alice Dubiel explores different landscape representations to express her personal experiences and cultural interactions with geography. She is interested in the conflicts which arise from our expectations about land use -- expectations shaped by idealized art and design images and our vernacular urban setting. By employing the approach of pattern and decoration, Alice attempts to create a different language, referring to many traditions, including maps, classical and middle-eastern mosaics, decorative art, textile design, indigenous paintings, and the shrine technologies of many cultures. The term biocenology characterizes this interface of cultural and natural systems because it is the study of communities and member interactions in nature; it is an exploration of systems, part of the science of ecology. Alice will speak to NWCS members about her work and her approach to art during an interactive Zoom session on June 15, 2021. For more information about Alice Dubiel, visit her website or her blog.
The Northwest Collage Society has teamed with Golden Artist Colors, Inc. to present a virtual lecture by Barbara De Pirro, followed by a NWCS mini-retreat conducted via Zoom.
Barbara’s free online event packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Participants will learn the unique properties of GOLDEN Fluid Acrylic Colors, Heavy Body Acrylic Colors, OPEN Acrylic Colors, and High Flow Acrylics, and get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels & Mediums and how they can change texture, viscosity, saturation, intensity of color, and more. The lecture includes a review of Grounds that create truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, and mixed media. An array of examples will be shown, and artists will leave the session enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of Acrylic. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive free samples mailed directly to them.
More details about the lecture and how to obtain complimentary GOLDEN products will be provided upon registration, and the Zoom link will be emailed by Barbara during the days just prior to the event. The link for the NWCS mini-retreat, which will begin immediately after Barbara’s lecture, will be sent to members via a separate email.
Register for the GOLDEN Lecture by Barbara De Pirro at the following site: Sign up for GOLDEN!
Immediately following the Golden presentation, NWCS members are encouraged to join our Mini-Retreat via Zoom (link will be provided to members in July). This will be a relaxed, work together event where we can share and support ideas, in progress works and techniques. No registration is necessary, come and go as you please. "Summer " is the theme if you would like one, but this is not required. Let's have some fun!
My two main methods of working are through excavation and obscuring.
In my cut book pieces I’ve removed the extraneous text leaving only specific images exactly where they were originally located. This creates a collage that was ever-present in the book and which I just assist in revealing. The pages of the textblock are sealed shut so that only the cover opens. This offers easy storage of the pieces with the rest of your library when they are not on display. I never know exactly how these biblio-excavations will visually culminate and it’s an exciting process to watch them divulge themselves.
I also work in what I consider a more traditional collage sense. Using a variety of paper based materials, slide film, photographic prints and negatives, I create both abstract and narrative work. I layer, eclipse, and obfuscate images in hopes of creating visually interesting situations.
In all my work I hope to shed light on the overlooked or discarded; those items or places that are slightly out of focus in the background. By highlighting their existence or reconfiguring them into something new I hope to breath new life into these neglected images.
Visit Ben's website and Instagram.
Shoreline Masonic Center
753 N 185th Street, Shoreline, WA 98133 (185th and Linden)
There is parking by the building for about 15 cars and across the street behind the Shoreline Historical Museum in the grassy area but NOT in the paved area. For anyone who can’t climb the 6 stairs to get in the building from the parking spaces on the building side, they can enter at the front of the building on a ramp.