Visual artist Rebecca Allan will lead a master class in drawing based on works from the Charles E. Burchfield drawing archives that thematically represent “a sense of place.” She will demonstrate how she approaches drawing, and participants will then draw along with her. Participants should bring their own drawing materials which can include sketchbooks or paper, pencils, charcoal, or any other preferred materials. Allan will also be happy to give feedback on drawings students bring with them.
Allan is a visual artist, writer and former Western New York resident known for abstract paintings inspired by landscape ecology, botany and geology. Her work explores watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway. Exhibiting in the U. S. and abroad for more than 25 years, Allan has been represented in more than 40 solo and 23 group exhibitions. She is also a contributing writer for publications including the online journal www.artcritical.com. Fine Art Connoisseur magazine published her essay, "Mabel Dodge Luhan: A Force of Nature for Art" in the May 2016 issue, and her article “Backyard Visionary: Why Charles Burchfield Matters To An Artist Today” in the March/April 2010 issue established her long-held respect for the inspirational artist of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
This masterclass is part of a three-day multi-media residency by visual artist Allan and composer Laura Kaminsky entitled, The Inspiration Between Music and Art, April 27- 29, 2017. The residency is being held in conjunction with the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West traveling exhibition which is on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center thru May 28, 2017. Writer, social activist, and arts aficionado, Mabel Dodge Luhan was renowned for her influence in building communities, supporting artists, and generating a voice for modern art forms. To pass on that spirit to emerging learners, Kaminsky and Allan’s residency is designed to forge creative exchanges between artists and students.