WASHINGTON — Gibbs Library plans to offer a free workshop, “Abstraction and the Landscape” with Karen Jelenfy, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Bryant Room at 40 Old Union Road.

A painting by Karen Jelenfy Submitted photo

Using book illustrations and a piece of Jelenfy’s original work, students can reflect on artists’ use of abstraction as a response to the landscape. Artists to be explored include Andrew Wyeth, Emily Carr, Joan Mitchell and John Walker. An original painting by the instructor will then be viewed.

Participants can discuss the influence of remembered places and other works of art (such as books, films and music) on the painting, in addition to contemplating the materials and colors used, according to a news release from Liz Allen at the library.

After a brief demonstration by the instructor, students can create two painted works in response to a landscape, either chosen from the materials provided or done from memory. Individual instruction will be provided throughout. An informal critique will complete the class.

All materials are included. Hot tea will be provided; participants should bring a brown bag lunch.

To register, email runedoggy@gmail.com.


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