Museum to host Instructor Open House

Meg Nottingham Walsh will be one of four new instructors at the Academy Art Museum this fall. She has won numerous awards at juried exhibitions and plein air competitions, including Plein Air Easton.

EASTON — This fall, the Academy Art Museum’s team of art instructors will offer 37 adult classes featuring a range of media and subjects. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, the museum will host an Instructor Open House introducing its fall lineup of classes and instructors.

“This event is designed to showcase the incredible talent of our instructors and to introduce potential students to the variety in the museum’s adult classes,” said Katie Cassidy, the museum’s education consultant. “There really is something for everyone.”

The Instructor Open House is free, and will include demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes.

Georgia June Goldberg, Bernard Dellario, Cid Collins Walker and Meg Nottingham Walsh are joining the museum’s group of instructors.

Georgia June Goldberg

Goldberg, an artist and architect, will offer a new “Color Theory Class,” which will explore the interaction of colors. This hands-on studio class emphasizes developing observation, use and feeling of the relationships between colors. Because of the abstract and subjective nature of color, this class is useful to all artists, designers and, in general, the curious.

“The color wheel and theories are not enough — our perception of any color can be changed by its proximity to another,” Goldberg said. “Color is best understood through experience, and in this class, we will approach color with open eyes, using experimental exercises designed by Josef Albers (Bauhaus and Yale).”

Goldberg studied art at Yale College, where her professor was Albers’ student, and architecture at Princeton University. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and is in the collection of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. She comes to the museum from teaching color theory and architecture in the Bay Area, where she has a studio.

Bernard Dellario

Dellario earned a bachelor’s degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and has studied art at the Art League School in Alexandria, Va. In addition, he has taken several workshops with well-known, national painters. He has been a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters since 2003 and currently serves as president. He exhibits and has won awards through several venues in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Dellario will teach a two-day workshop “Travelling with Gouache,” which also will discuss how to create your own personalized sketchbooks to document your travels in paint.

Dellario’s “Still Life Painting in Oil” class will introduce the student to the methods and materials of oil painting. By using the still life subject, students will have the opportunity to focus on the fundamentals of oil painting.

“From the beautiful to the discarded, I am inspired by many things as an artist,” Dellario said. “I rarely know what the subject of my painting efforts will be, but once discovered, I strive to articulate that reality into a simple collection of abstract shape and color.”

Cid Collins Walker

Walker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in painting from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., in 1974, and was awarded a studio fellowship with the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975. She has worked with several distinguished artists in the fields of visual art, dance, film and theater, including Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer and for several years with Robert Rauschenberg’s master printer.

Central to Walker’s work is the production of fine paintings and prints. Walker has exhibited at the Academy Art Museum, and in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York, and internationally in France, Holland, Belgium and Brazil. Her work is represented by the Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky, Mont.

Walker will teach “Composition and Design for the Artist,” which will begin with a review of the fundamental elements of design, including shape, line and texture, engaging students at an intermediate level. An emphasis also will be to see and render compositions in the abstract sense.

“My class will answer the question: What makes a strong and interesting composition in a work of art?” Walker said.

Meg Nottingham Walsh

Walsh is known for paintings drenched in light and color. She has garnered numerous awards at juried exhibitions and plein air competitions, including Plein Air Easton. She also has served as judge for several plein air events. She is an elected member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Her landscapes are featured in the book “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.”

Walsh’s paintings have been purchased by the Academy Art Museum, the town of Oxford, the National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital and numerous private collectors. She is represented by galleries in Lewes, Del.; Annapolis; Washington, Va.; and the Trippe Gallery in Easton.

Walsh will teach “Oil Painting: How to See as a Painter,” which will help students simplify and translate their subjects to create more dynamic paintings. In this “visual bootcamp,” students will experiment with color relationships, limiting values and compositional elements of painting.

“My goal as an artist is to translate a scene, revealing what interests me most about a specific place at a moment in time,” Walsh said. “I strive for an honest rendition of the subject before me, and I often use limited values, simplified shapes and expressive color to emphasize what I feel is most important. I want you to see the world through my eyes.”

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For more information, contact Katie Cassidy at wkmcgarry@verizon.net or 410-820-5222. For a complete listing of adult classes or to register, visit www.academyart museum.org.

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