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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meeting 10:30am; Demonstration 11:00am-12n

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center

 

Demonstration by Blake Patterson

on how he crafts segmented bowls from recycled wood.

 

Growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan, Blake Patterson played with electricity, chemicals, motors, model airplanes, and the local fauna.  In 10th grade, he took bassoon lessons and two years later tooted with six orchestras and three bands.  After engineering and math degrees at the University of Michigan, he answered JFK’s call, joined the Peace Corps, and taught two years at the University of Ife in Nigeria. He earned a Ph.D. in physics at UC Berkeley, but his first job was second bassoonist in the New Jersey Symphony, where he met his lovely wife, Ellen Jackson. He played with many fine New Jersey orchestras, including twenty years with the Garden State Philharmonic and the Metro Lyric Opera.

 

After he joined Bell Labs, Blake and Ellen bought a 30-room fixer-upper in Rumson, NM where they hosted dozens of chamber-music concerts. When they decorated the master bath, Ellen asked his favorite color: “Wood!” They covered the walls with thin pine strips. Blake gained lots of problem-solving experience maintaining two acres and old structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating systems.  He built a dock, grape arbor, pergola, railings, furniture, etc. They raised two fine people: Grant, who was Rumson’s 2002 valendictorian and now writes software in San Francisco, and Greer, who is a gifted soprano and teaches bilingual students in a Brooklyn elementary school.

 

In 2007, the Jackson-Pattersons moved to a low-maintenance condo in the Greenbriar Falls senior complex in Tinton Falls, NJ. At a friend’s suggestion, Blake bought an inexpensive lathe that he used to make a few dowels. He later struggled to turn a large log into a small bowl and lots of sawdust. The inefficiency and danger of that effort prompted him to glue together a few pieces of wood into a crude bowl shape that was easier to carve while making less sawdust. He had re-invented the technique of “segmented” wood-turning. Roughly one in a hundred turners are “segmenters:” the other 99 start with one piece of wood. Experienced segmenter George Nazareth of New England writes that a segmenter must be precise, meticulous, and “a little nuts.”

 

Largely self-taught, Blake draws on his home-maintenance skill to improve the bowl-making process, along with ideas and advice from experienced turners and books. Some of the fun of turning bowls is creating “jigs” that make the process safer, faster, and more accurate.

 

A write-up on making segmented bowls at www.phinds.com/bowls suggests its complexity and why it takes Blake 20 to 30 hours to complete one.

 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

Meeting 10:30am; Demonstration 11:00am-12n

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center

 

Demonstration by Terry Grewen

*Portraits*Commissions*Classes*
 
Painting is my passion and drawing is my discipline.   As a teenager I found art to be an avenue for personal expression.  I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree and my Master’s Degree while raising my family. For over twenty years I have taught the Children’s Art Workshop at the Art Alliance in Red Bank, NJ. At various times I taught adult watercolor class in the NJ Colts Neck Winter Recreation program, monitored Life Drawing Class for adults at the Art Alliance, and presented art demonstrations and programs to local art groups and also the American Association of University Women (AAUW). I have led art programs for children in summer camps - as Arts and Crafts Director of the YMCA day camp in Parlin, NJ and served as guest artist in Rolling Hills Day Camp, Manalapan, NJ. I have also been involved for many years in judging the New Jersey Lions Club children’s annual art contest, as well as judging for the Monmouth County Fair. I helped in art enrichment in Middletown NJ public schools and  privately facilitated various art programming with special needs students.
 As a professional artist I have exhibited in NJ with the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, the Red Bank Art Alliance, Belmar Arts Council, Manasquan River Group of Artists and the Monmouth Arts Council Monmouth Museum Group Show. I have also shown with local groups and small galleries in California.  I have recently displayed work in Virginia at the Richmond Crossroads Gallery and the York River Summer festival. I have also had solo exhibits at Spring Lake Evergreen Gallery “Karate Portraits”  - Sea Bright Peninsula Grill  “Views of Ireland” - Fair Haven Aquarius Rising “Mandalas” - Wall Library “Trapunto Art, Life Cycle”.   
My work is in numerous private collections as I accept commissions for House Portraits, Family Portraits and Pet Portraits. I  have completed commissioned work for the Rumson County Club, and murals in private homes.  My original paintings of seascapes and decorative art have been purchased by art lovers in New Jersey as well as in California, where I lived for 13 years.   
I encourage continuing education for artists. In the past I have studied with artists Evelyn Leavens, William Kilpatrick, Steven Assael, and Tom Lynch. I have recently studied with portrait artist Scott Nickerson, and political realist, Max Ginsberg.
My work has evolved from academic studies to an expressionistic style; from pop culture to holistic visionary art; and finally full circle back to contemporary classical realism. I have embraced the atelier movement so current in American art in order to hone my skills in presenting my personal interpretation of the natural world. My focus in my work now is classical realism in the medium of oils. 
I will be the featured window artist at the Art Alliance in March of 2015, and will also be joining a friend in showing at the Art Alliance gallery in July of 2015.
 
Terry Grewen
 
ETGrewen Art LLC                                        
732-842-8791                                                 
Etgrewen@aol.com                                       

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Meeting 10:30am; Demonstration 11:00am-12n

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center

 

Demonstration by Charles Sills

 

Charles Sills is an award-winning artist with work spanning decades of exhibits in numerous art organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Vermont. From oil painting to scupture, Charles has unique talents to share with us. Join us as we learn more about the works of art of this creative man.

 

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Annual Holiday Brunch - Thursday, December 4 from 11am-2pm

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center

Reservations: Toni Wilczewski: Skywash01@aol.com

Chairpersons: Leonia Mroczkowski, Stephanie Frank

Donation: $10

Food, Fun, Gifts and more...

Volunteers needed. Please contact Lenoia Mroczkowski for more information at:

lmroczkowski326@optonline.net

 

 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 

Meeting 10:30am; Demonstration 11:00am-12n

 

Monmouth Beach Cultural Center

 

Demonstration by Ken Stetz. Ken will demonstrate how to paint shadow patterns in watercolor

Art Society of

Monmouth County

Long Branch, NJ

 

Mailing Address:

Art Society of

Monmouth County

PO Box 2028

Asbury Park, NJ 07712-2028

 

Meetings and Demonstrations are held on the third Wednesday of the month from September until June (except February) at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Please visit www.mtpl.org for hours. 

732-671-3700

Email:

info@artsocietyofmonmouthcounty.org

 

www.artsocietyofmonmouthcounty.org

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