Art Focus: For the Love of Watercolors
Art Focus: For the Love of Watercolor
Sunday, June 26, 3 to 5 pm • Phillips' Mill, 2619 River Road, New Hope, PA
Panel presentation by three watercolor painters: Jane Ramsey, Beth Schoenleber, and Aida Birritteri. Breakaway small groups, demonstrations, and discussions focusing on process, techniques, tips, and materials. Geared for artists of all levels and art lovers. Attendees are invited to bring a watercolor in process or finished to share and/or seek input from panelists. The event is free for Phillips' Mill Community Association members; $10 fee for non-members.
Jane Ramsey is a Bucks County artist with a passion for capturing the rural farming community of upper Bucks County. Jane’s love of drawing began when she was a child growing up in an arts-focused environment in Lumberville. Later, Jane discovered watercolor painting and its lovely translucent, expressive qualities. The tactile quality of working on beautiful papers and the integration of her pencil drawings with the paints inspires her. Working from direct observation, Jane finds that watercolors are the perfect medium for working outside.
Aida Birritteri is a contemporary artist working with water-media on paper, using watercolor, INK and gouache within an expressive modern tradition. Aida's sumi-e INK works are influenced by the early modernists who collected Japanese prints and adapted them to their work. She paints landscapes and architecture. Plein air painting is the foundation for her work. Composition and elements of design are of her own signature style, with color, line and shape applied directly, without hesitation, as simplified forms. Her work is currently moving further toward non-objective abstraction. Aida studied fine art painting and drawing at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University from 1982 to 1985 and later transferred to New Jersey City University, receiving a BFA in 1990.
Beth Schoenleber is an award-winning watercolorist and a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Garden State Watercolor Society. Known for her sharp focus and detailed representation of her subjects, Beth enjoys exploring ordinary objects found in her everyday environment.
“When I find an interesting subject, I paint it,” Beth says. “My subjects reflect something that is a flicker of a memory or an emotion, and I try not to let that go by. I prefer watercolor; there is a magic with this medium.”
Dr. Carol Ann Grey has described Beth’s work as “tranquility and a beauty of rural life, a sense of connection to place. Realism in use of color, light and texture. Appreciation of form and craftsmanship of historical buildings, use of natural materials. People are not portrayed but seem nearby.”