Plein Air MasterClass with internationally known Artists/Professors Randall Exon & Jeffrey Reed, 18th June – 2nd July 2016

An opportunity for a select group of artists to spend two weeks in rural Ireland painting, drawing, and printmaking with renowned artists Randall Exon & Jeffery Reed. Both Randall & Jeffrey will provide individualized instruction and criticism. Plein air excursions and varied studio methods/workshops will provide the format for an intensive learning experience. Accommodation, meals, use of The Ballinglen Facilities, backup of staff, use of a shared studio, art library, Archive Collection of over 500 works by International artists who have come on residency to Ballinglen.
Professor Randall Exon is the Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, USA. He shows at Hirschl & Adler Modern on 5th Avenue, New York. He was granted a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 1998 where he returns each year. He is inspired by the mysterious coastal areas of Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland as well as the rapidly disappearing farmhouses dotting the Pennsylvania countryside where he now lives, Exon’s evocative landscapes and moody interiors depict actual places infused with memories from his childhood spent in the vast spaces of the Midwest.
Professor Jeffrey Reed is an Associate Professor of Art at the Community College of Philadelphia. He shows at Gross McCleaf Gallery on Sixteenth Street, Philadelphia. Jeffrey Reed received his MFA at the University of Pennsylvania  and  his BFA at the Maryland Institute of Art.  He was granted a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 2000.  Reed has mastered the art of handling light and atmosphere within his delicate, lyrical compositions.  when he is painting on site he feel a connection with the familiar and a sense of discovery at the same time.  he paints in the same locations multiple times allowing him to focus on changes in the light and atmosphere.  typically reed works outside for two to three hours on a painting until he get the essence of a particular landscape.  then back in the studio, the work is focused on developing the forms and trying to resolve the design of the painting.

Working in the Irish Landscape

Working in the Irish Landscape

Rebecca Crowell, Two Oil & Wax Workshops, 14th – 22nd October 10th – 18th November

Artists in this workshop will explore methods of building up abstract paintings in layers using cold wax medium, tube paint, powdered pigments and other media. They will also find new ways to create textures, lines, and color fields using a variety of tools and techniques. The workshop will include plenty of information about technique, but also focus on deeper and thought-provoking aspects of process-oriented abstraction, such as allowing the work to unfold by balancing intuition with intention, & finding one’s personal direction. Classes include demos & lots of work time. Presentations & discussions about developing an abstract language, self-critique, the creative process, and other conceptual concerns are integrated in the course. While some painting experience in any medium is required, the workshops are open to all levels from beginner to advanced and the needs of each individual will be addressed. 
 
Since earning her MFA in painting from Arizona State University in 1985, Rebecca Crowell has led a life focused on painting. When she is not traveling for teaching or for artist residencies (in such places as the Catalonia region of Spain, northern Sweden, and coastal areas of Ireland) she works almost daily in her studio in rural western Wisconsin. She draws significant influence from these residencies and travels, as well as from her surroundings at home. She is widely considered to be a pioneer in the use of cold wax medium for abstract painting. She has been teaching her original techniques in workshops across the US since 2009.
Rebecca brings professionalism & a working artist’s perspective to her classes. She is known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and mixed media, and is represented by a number of fine art galleries in various locations including Dublin, Ireland; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Telluride, Colorado; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Columbia, Missouri. Her representation with Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin has recently led to international exposure, including several European art fairs.

Rebecca Crowell's Work from The Ballinglen Archive Collection

Rebecca Crowell’s Work from The Ballinglen Archive Collection

Rebecca Crowell

Rebecca Crowell