It was so nice to hear that Needham Community Education wanted to feature me in their latest Instructor Spotlight. In addition to teaching private art instruction, I also teach Acrylic Painting, Pencil Drawing, and Colored Pencil Drawing (and more!) through Needham Community Adult Education. Here is link to the Instructor Spotlight...
For More information about Private Art Instruction for kids and adults, please CLICK HERE.
In addition to creating my own personal artwork and exhibiting in galleries and shows, I also take great pride in providing art instruction.
My love and enthusiasm for painting have drawn me into educating those who want to paint and draw for themselves. I am dedicated to helping both beginners and experienced artists explore their creative potential. I love to inspire others to discover their innate artistic ability. With my unique hands-on style, I encourage my students to reach their own personal artistic goals, inspiring and encouraging students of all ages in a fun and informative approach.
In addition to private art lessons, I also give presentations on the public art projects I've created over the years, as well as discussing my artwork and all aspects of being a professional artist. Feel free to reach out to me if you'd like more information about art instruction or speaking engagements.
One of my adult acrylic painting students gave me this wonderful video testimonial, so I wanted to share it here on my blog. She's very talented, a lot of fun, and a pleasure to teach acrylic painting! For more information about private art instruction for children and adults, please visit: http://www.eddiebruckner.com/art-instruction.html
The Main Street area is pretty cool and full of history. If you look closely, you'll see that some of the older buildings have plaques on them that describe the history of the area as well as interesting facts about the architecture. For example, The Frankel Building was constructed in the mid-1800s and burned down in the Great Fire of 1898. It wasn't until 1966, that the building was renovated to establish the Silver Palace Saloon and later housed a variety of other shops. The Frankel Building is a typical example of mining town vernacular architecture and features large display windows and a recessed entryway. The brick walls demonstrate the preoccupation with using more fire resistant materials. (Sorry, no photo of the building, so you'll just have to visit yourself!)
Main Street Art Galleries:
All along Main Street are some fabulous art galleries. There is a Park City Gallery Association which hosts a Last Friday Gallery Stroll. On the last Friday of each month, from 6-9 pm, the Park City Gallery Association features artists, special exhibits, and art events. The Stroll is a free community event that gives local residents and Park City visitors the opportunity to explore Park City's art scene. The remaining dates for 2017 are August 25th, September 29th, October 27th, November 24th, and December 29th. Check out their website: www.parkcitygalleryassociation.com for more information.
For more than 40 years, the Kimball Art Center has inspired and connected the Park City community through art. The Kimball Art Center is a world-class community art center and Park city's cultural hub. The nonprofit center provides art education, free exhibitions, quarterly Art Talks, gallery tours, and a variety of events to the public, including the annual Park city Kimball Arts Festival that attracts more than 50,000 people to Par City's historic Main Street. They provide over 300 visual arts classes for all ages and free educational programs for K-12 schools in Utah. The Kimball Art Center is located at 1401 Kearns Boulevard. More information can be found on their website: www.kimballartcenter.org
A short ride from Park City took me to the Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah. The resort is owned by Robert Redford; Redford hosted the first Sundance Film Festival in 1985 to promote independent films. Perhaps the two films I'm producing, "Dan and Carla" and "Avery's Sin" will end up at Sundance in the near future!!!
While at Sundance Resort, I took a scenic chairlift up Sundance Mountain to Ray's Summit at 7,150 ft. and hiked down to Stewart Falls, returning back to the main area. The hike was pretty intense (at least for me), but I was rewarded at the end with a cold drink and a view of a really cool sculpture set on a beautiful pond. Close to the main area, I came across this wonderful sculpture: Allan Houser's bronze sculpture, "Prayer Song" located in front of the Rehearsal Hall and pond at Sundance.
The Sundance Art Gallery is located in the Art Studio and features a number of exhibiting guest artists. The Art Studio has daily workshops in jewelry making, wheel-thrown pottery, journal making, soap making, watercolor, acrylic painting, oil painting, printmaking, and drawing and are open to both resort guests and day visitors.
More information about Sundance Mountain Resort can be found at: www.sundanceresort.com
More information about the Sundance Art Studio can be found at: www.sundanceresort.com/art-studio
I have no doubt that there is so much more to the art in Park City and the surrounding areas in Utah, beyond what I've written here, but it's my hope that you'll read my blog and perhaps explore on your own art adventures! Wishing you Creative and Happy Travels!
There's a great article that was recently shared with me on the pros and cons of some of the major brands of acrylic paint used by both professional and amateur artists around the world. As a professional artist, the paint I use for my artwork is of paramount importance to both me and those who purchase and collect my artwork. The article is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about acrylic paint, and finding the paint that works best for you, meeting your artistic and creative objectives.
The link to the article written by Lindsey Bourret on Wonderstreet.com can be found here: http://wonderstreet.com/blog/choosing-the-acrylic-paint-thats-best-for-you
For me, my go-to acrylic paint is Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. I like the drying time, the vibrancy of the color, the consistency of the paint, and I never experience any color shift. And I sometimes use Liquitex Professional Gloss Medium & Varnish to varnish some of my paintings to create a shiny or glossy look, or in some of my mixed media work where I use it to affix special papers on my canvases. I also like the Liquitex Acrylic Paint Markers, which come in both a small and large point or tip size.
I've also experimented with another acrylic paint, not mentioned in the article, called Flashe paint. Flashe comes in jars and once applied to the canvas, it dries completely opaque with a matte finish. It is made in France by Lefranc & Bourgeois. And for teaching, I often recommend that my students begin to learn how to paint with Grumbacher Academy student grade paint because it is fairly inexpensive and in my opinion has a similar feel to the Liquitex Professional Heavy Body. Grumbacher Academy Paint is discussed in the article using the link: http://wonderstreet.com/blog/choosing-the-acrylic-paint-thats-best-for-you
I encourage you to check out the article and see for yourself what works best for you and the artwork you want to create.
I had the pleasure of attending Newton Open Studios, which featured over 160 artists at over 50 studios, private homes, and shared spaces! I only wish I could have seen them all. I did get to visit about a dozen locations and saw some wonderful artists, craftspeople, jewelry designers, sculptors, photographers, etc. I enjoyed visiting the New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA. There was an incredible diversity of styles, price points, and media! Many of the artists represented at the New Art Center teach classes to adults and children, and even have vacation week programs for kids. And it was great to see art lovers from near and far at all the sites I visited. For more information on the New Art Center and Newton Open Studios, visit www.newartcenter.org and www.newtonopenstudios.org
Visiting Newton Open Studios just a few weeks before I participate in Needham Open Studios was wonderful. It gave me a renewed energy to make my final preparations for Needham Open Studios 2016 on April 30th and May 1st and inspired me to do some new drawings and works on paper this evening. For all art lovers, I hope to see you at Needham Open Studios at Location 11, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 1 Chapel St., Needham, MA. For more information, visit www.needhamopenstudios.com
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