Paint, Collage and Inspiration Transforms Thrift Store Books Into Captivating Personal Histories
Mixed media art journal pages by Kathleen Barnes. Everyone knows how to write in a journal, but how about painting in one? The students of the St. Louis Artists' Guild's Mixed Media Art Journaling class use drawing, painting, and collage to visually record their memories and experiences. These crafty chroniclers will be exhibiting their work in the St. Louis Artists' Guild's galleries from June 17-August 11, 2012.
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 17, 2012; 1pm-3pm
Exhibition Dates: June 17-August 11, 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-4pm
Art Journals is curated by artist Kathleen Barnes, who teaches art journaling classes and workshops at the St. Louis Artists' Guild. The exhibit will present pages from the exhibiting artists' journals. Each page was prompted by an "inspiration" Barnes gives at the beginning of each class. Past inspirations have included home, fairy tales, and pop-up pages.
One of the advantages of art journaling is its accessibility. "It allows artists and non-artists alike to create pages that illustrate the inner and outing workings of an individual," says Barnes. The materials for art journals are inexpensive and easy to come by - most of Kathleen's students work in old books recycled from libraries or thrift stores. Art journaling classes (and this exhibition of students' work) are part of the St. Louis Artists' Guild's goals to support access to the arts through education. "The St. Louis Artists' Guild provides a supportive environment for students to explore their creativity," says Kathryn Nahorski, Director of Exhibitions and Education at the St. Louis Artists' Guild.
In addition, the St. Louis Artists' Guild's education programs allow people to interact one-on-one with artists. "All of our classes are taught by professional artists, sharing in-depth knowledge of artistic disciplines and concepts," adds Nahorski.
About the Curator: Kathleen Barnes graduated from West Virginia University Art Department. She has exhibited her art across the nation. Barnes was selected as a test artist for Daniel Smith watercolors; has beenArtist-in-Residence of Yosemite National Park, and was a past president of the Nevada Watercolor Society.
The St. Louis Artists' Guild is a regional arts center known for community exhibitions, programs, and educational projects for all. It is a resource and network for community artists, an advocate for emerging artists in all disciplines, and a force in bringing art to diverse segments of the community. For more information about the St. Louis Artists' Guild, call (314) 727-6266, or visit our website at stlouisartistsguild.org.