Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Impressionism Talk Feb. 6

      Beth Chariton, Secretary of the Walpole Cultural Council and  docent, will discuss The Impressionists Wednesday evening Feb. 6 at 7 pm in the Community Room of the Walpole Library. All are invited. The Impressionists of the late 1800s were painters of light, painters of nature, and painters of human nature, and changed the way the whole world looked at art.  Like a stone dropped into a still pond, the ripples from this revolutionary style of painting spread out, influencing a whole new generation of artists.  Join Beth for a closer look at many of the paintings that moved the world into the modern era.



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Spring Members Show

Again this spring, members of the Foxboro Art Association will be able to exhibit their works at the Artist's Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place. The spring exhibit will take place during two weekends March 15-24. Members can submit up to 2 pieces, for $5 each, to cover paying for the judge and ribbons. Entry forms will be provided with the February Newsletter and need to be filled out and returned no later than March 9 so identifying labels can be printed. The works should be delivered to the gallery at Patriot Place on Thursday March 14 between 4 and 7 pm and will be hung in time for the gallery to open the next day at 5 pm. That first weekend the public will be invited to vote on their favorite work -- "The People's Choice". Votes will be counted and the winner will  be announced at the reception on the following Saturday afternoon, March 23. And between the two weekends, when the gallery is closed, a judge will award ribbons in each media category: watercolor, oil & acrylic, pastel, and mixed media (including photography). And again we are asking submitters to sit at the gallery and greet the public during the exhibit. We need at least three people at the gallery at all times. The works can be retrieved at the end of the weekend, either Sunday evening 6-7pm or Monday March 25 from 4-7 pm.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The Foxboro Art Association has arranged for two workshops in April. The first will be conucted by Deborah Quinn-Munson in East Walpole on Saturday April 6 in Pastel. The second will be conducted by Susan Kelley in East Walpole for $50 on Saturday April 27 in oil and pastel. For those interested in joining the first pastel workshop, you should contact Nancy Bacevich at For those interested in the Susan Kelley workshop, contact Frank Quinn at
In addition, the Franklin Art Association is having a three day workshop with Charles Gruppe May 17, 18, 19, 2013 for $180. He works in acrylics and oils and they will be doing large paintings. The workshop will be held at Art Creations in Hopedale (not far from Market Basket in Bellingham). There are a few openings and members of the Foxboro Art Association who might be interested should contact Dorothy Downing at

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Demonstrator :: Ann Gorbett

Our January demonstrator was palette knife painter Ann Gorbett

Ann Gorbett with some of her palette knife
paintings before the demonstration began
Ann gave the members an overview of her artistic experience which led her to paint exclusively in palette knife and then started painting. Someone in the audience commented that her painting process seemed similar to icing a cake since she only uses a knife. Ann responded that it was similar and that she had 'painted' a cake before copying a Van Gogh! 

Ann Gorbett at work with her image reflected
in our demonstration mirror above

A few comments of note from the demonstration:
-Ann uses a reddish underpainting, this way she doesn't have to 'cover all the holes'
-Mottled paint in a color mixture can make the painted area more interesting
-try to complete the painting in the fewest strokes
-'noodling' a painting can lose the freshness of saying more with less
-sometimes scraping a painting can result in amazing chance results

If you attended the demonstration, what was your takeaway? Please share in the comments!

Thanks, Ann, for a great demo. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Demonstrator Ann Gorbett

Palette knife painter Ann Gorbett will demonstrate her knife painting techniques at our January meeting, Wednesday evening, January 9, at 7 pm.
The demonstration is free and open to everybody who wants to come. We are meeting downstairs at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 116 South Street, Foxboro, right beside Foxboro High School. Come early and enjoy free refreshments too.