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Spring Classes at Wet Paint

Wet Paint has two definite camps of customers, one of learners and one of teachers.  There is a regular quest for classes and demos from those who hunger for more knowledge.  I believe it is the nature of many artists to be on a continuous path of learning.  At the same time there are artists who are so enthusiastic and passionate about their art that they cannot contain themselves from sharing their knowledge and experience.   I believe for many, being a teacher is synonymous with being an artist.  Wet Paint is a perfect place to introduce these two camps to each other and we are actively experimenting with different formats where these creative individuals intersect.

ioanastoianWe are fortunate to bring Ioana Stoian to Wet Paint for two origami workshops.  Ioana’s passion is paper and folding.  A professional and an active member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper artists, Stoian has written a book, Origami for All, Elegant Designs from Simple Folds, which contains her own original origami designs.  Each workshop has unique seasonal designs which you will learn from a master yet requires no previous experience.  We are trying out some new time slots on these classes, one on Tuesday evening, March 25th and one on Wednesday morning on April 16th.

wetpaintclassesJoyce Francis needs no introduction.  A master calligrapher in search of new artistic outlets, Joyce found the art of contemplative patterning, Zentangle, to be her new passion.  We have had other Zentangle workshops with Joyce and the participants always ask for more.  We have two sessions of the same class coming up on Saturday, March 22.  No experience required.

These classes at Wet Paint are all hands-on 2 hour workshops.  Materials are included and you will have a finished project at the end of the class.  There are workshop fees and registration is required.  You can sign up online, by phone or in person.  If classes don’t meet a minimum enrollment 3 days before the session begins, the class will be cancelled and your class fee will be refunded.

Special offer through March 16

If you sign up for one of these 4 classes over this weekend, you will receive a coupon to be used on a future purchase at Wet Paint. Click here to go to our Events page.

Wet Paint At Large

yumingzhuOver the past few years we have helped bring Sumi-e artist and teacher Yuming Zhu to the Twin Cities.  His following is so great we need to partner with other members of our creative community who have more space.  This April, Yuming is not only teaching a 2 day Sumi-e Painting workshop at Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC), he will also lecture to accompany an exhibit of his artwork at the Eagan Community Center.

Plus Yuming is offering a unique class on Mounting Techniques for Sumi-e Art on Monday, April 14th, at BTAC.  Many artists who have studied with Yuming have asked for training on this specific sumi-e technique of traditional wet mounting.  This is an intermediate to experienced class, focused on those with a sumi-e and/or framing background.  This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience at a master’s side.

The programs at BTAC and Eagan require registration through those respective venues.

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Enkaustikos, a New Wax Cycle

As art movements wax and wane between figurative and landscape, realism and abstraction, the popularity of mediums change with the era too.  Encaustic, the art of painting with wax, is one of the oldest techniques, dating back to antiquity.  Anyone sitting through a required history and techniques class in college touched on the subject.  In the second half of the 20th century, there were diverse individual artists who picked up the process such as Jasper Johns and Brice Marden.  Until recently, dipping into encaustics meant reading recipes, acquiring the raw materials and manufacturing your own color and mediums.

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Kathryn Bevier monoprint using Enkaustikos paints

As we approached the end of the 20th century, a few art materials manufacturers came up with formulas to create “readymade” encaustic colors and mediums so artists could spend their time making art rather than making paint.  One of these companies, Enkaustikos, has taken the block of colored wax a few steps further.  They looked at the block of wax that artists put into a metal pot on their heated surface to melt and decided to sell their color in shoe polish sized tins to eliminate this step in the process.  Since then they have pressed their wax paint into “Sticks” and “Snaps,” giving the artist smaller increments for using colored wax and also giving them wax shapes to use like drawing materials.  They have taken some of the oldest art materials and reshaped them to meet contemporary artists’ needs.

Hot-Sticks-MonoprintingSome of these developments have turned into great materials to use encaustic techniques in monoprinting.  Printmaking has also experienced resurgence recently.  The marrying of these two techniques reflects the current movement of mixed media art making.

We want you to experience encaustic and encaustic monoprinting for yourself.  Join Kathryn Bevier from Enkaustikos this Saturday, January 18th, at Wet Paint.  Kathryn not only works as an encaustic artist but is involved in the manufacturing of the Enkaustikos product line.  This is a great opportunity to try out something new and ask a bunch of questions of a true expert in the field.

Click here for details and sign up for this demo.

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Winter Thaw at Wet Paint

bcutts11Mother Nature has given us a nasty New Year’s gift of sub-zero weather.  It is over and we do hope you get out of the house and studio and come and see us at Wet Paint.  We will be heating it up more than usual this Saturday with our friend Bonnie Cutts.  Bonnie is our regional working artist for Golden Artist Colors and she can raise the temp on your artistic flow through her creativity, enthusiasm and product knowledge.  Bonnie will demonstrate Golden Artist’s Colors newest product line, High Flow Acrylics.

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Beth’s doodle with High Flow in a paint marker (yes, that is Bonnie’s picture)

Golden looks at how artists use paint today and formulate their lines to better meet their demands.  They took a limited market product in their airbrush color and transformed it into High Flow so it can be used with airbrush, empty paint markers, technical pens, as well as your more traditional painting tools.

If you’re a seasoned Golden Artist Color enthusiast, you probably wonder what the difference is between High Flow and Fluid.  Bonnie will not just answer that question but let you test the product side by side along with its application to different acrylic grounds.

Darin, Wet Paint’s General Manager, considers Golden’ s High Flow to be one of the hot products of 2013. I just loaded an empty paint marker with some High Flow and it’s quite a bit of drawing fun.

Get those artist juices flowing again.

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Ofrenda “Cigar Box” Workshop

If you have visited Wet Paint during the past 2 weeks, you may have noticed some changes.  What used to be the office, is now housing frames and easels.  We have moved the administrative and management staff off of our main floor, giving us much needed space for products and events.

680470_4440636687970_353664104_oSo on Saturday November 2nd, we will push the easels out of the way and set up for the first in-house Wet Paint workshop. Customers often ask us for classes at Wet Paint.  Our series of in-store “Try-Its” and “Demos” have been very successful, but those in attendance know how our space has been limited.  Last year when Armando Gutiérrez G showed off his decorated alters, ofrendas, and offered customers advice, many begged for a class to actually build their own ofrenda.

This year we are offering a 3.5 hour hands-on workshop so you can make your own ofrenda. Enrollment is limited to 10 and registration is required.

DSC_0135Armando is a longtime friend of Wet Paint.  He works in many mediums and incorporates his strong cultural and spiritual beliefs into his work.  Adding to this his many years of teaching, Armando was perfect at our “Try-It” event last year celebrating the Day of the Dead.  This year’s workshop is a great opportunity to learn from a master with more elbow room than we have ever offered at Wet Paint.   The class fee also covers a cigar box and the art materials to decorate your own ofrenda. You are encouraged to bring your own photos, copies or small items to personalize your box.  Armando will provide an ongoing dialog about the cultural significances of the Day of the Dead and ofrenda as well as tips and techniques to make compelling art in this traditional form.

Check out his website to see his portfolio.

Register for the class online or stop in the store!  Workshop cost is $35 and is 10:30am to 2pm on November 2nd at Wet Paint.

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Spark your Creativity

one of Carla's whimsical bunnies
one of Carla’s whimsical bunnies

We are pleased to have two hours next Monday, August 19th, with Carla Sonheim. Artist, author and teacher, Carla will rev up your creativity through an organic presentation and hands on event like so much of what we do at Wet Paint. Sonheim is finishing up a series of classes at the Midwest Art & Lettering Retreat and we are thrilled to have her visit Wet Paint during her trip to the Upper Midwest. She is widely known for her books “Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists,” “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals” and “The Art of Silliness” as well as her retreat workshops and online classes. We will have her books on hand for Carla to autograph. And she will nudge you through some “blob hunting” exercises to inspire and encourage your creativity.

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Carla Sonheim’s new book

What really excites me about Carla’s work is how much fun she has. I have watched many of the demos Wet Paint has hosted this summer and many techniques I’ve seen are really created just to get beyond staring at the blank canvas and asking, what am I going to make? She breaks through that barrier and helps you unleash your creativity to turn a contour drawing of a piece of bacon into an imaginary creature looking something like a dog. Not unlike techniques the Surrealists used to draw images out of their unconscious, Sonheim’s exercises will likely find the Dr. Seuss in you rather than the Dr. Freud. The pure joy of being creative. Just what the doctor ordered.

Find out more about Carla at her website www.carlasonheim.com or follow her blog.

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Revisiting Pastel

"Make Your Mark" Lake Country Pastel Exhibition at BTAC
“Make Your Mark” Lake Country Pastel Exhibition at BTAC

Who would have thought that July would become a hot soft pastel month? Out at BTAC (Bloomington Theater and Art Center) our friends with the Lake Country Pastel Society have presented a wonderful member show called “Make Your Mark.” Over 40 artists represent an amazing breadth of imagery and technique using soft pastels. There are landscapes that are distinctly Minnesotan, as well as several that remind me of a recent road trip to the Pacific Northwest. There are portraits, one of which incorporates new media by starting with a digital photo. There is an abstract image that pushes the boundaries of both the stick and the surface: pastel – a media with little adhesive property- adhered to the slick surface of Yupo with water. There is subject matter for any taste. And it is amazing to see one medium that can create such different results from the density of oil to the airiness of watercolor. It was a real treat to be at the opening reception with so many of the exhibiting artists in attendance. They were truly thrilled with the exhibit as well as being down right verbose about their artistic pursuits, their influences and their techniques. The show is up through August 23. A presentation of awards by the juror, Albert Handell, will take place Tuesday, August 6th, at 6:30 p.m. If you haven’t seen the great gallery space at BTAC, this is a perfect opportunity to remedy that situation.

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McCann sidewalk pastel painting at the MIA

Also in pastel, but in a vastly different format, Shawn McCann takes the centuries old Trompe l’oeil technique and his box of soft pastels to the street. Shawn will be at Wet Paint this Saturday, July 27th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. creating an illusory image on our sidewalk with Jack Richeson’s new big, fat soft pastels called Street Stix. I have to admit that soft pastels haven’t been considered the cutting edge medium in recent years. But 3D street painting brings pastel paintings out of the flat files and museums and into the contemporary art gallery space shared with aerosol painting and stenciling. Just as the Lake Country Pastel Society has a pastel painting to appeal to any esthetic, McCann’s street art will appeal to everyone’s in its populist presentation.

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A Night of DIY Printmaking

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Ruthann Godollei’s new book

This Thursday, July 11th, Wet Paint will host an evening event that’s part Try-It, part meet-and-greet and part book signing with our friend Ruthann Godollei. Hot off the press is Godollei’s new book, “How to Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-Shirts, Album Covers, & Stickers: Screenprinting, Photocopy Art, Mixed-Media Collage, and Other Guerilla Poster Styles”, published by Voyageur Press. If you’ve ever wanted to print party announcements, your soccer team’s t-shirts, or posters for a band, this book is for you. Although Godollei is the printmaking professor at our neighboring institution, Macalester College, this book isn’t just for artists and students. It covers all DIY topics and media and will help anyone create their own prints. In fact, Ruthann will be demonstrating cutting your own stencils out of paper during this Thursday night event. Don’t stay away because you don’t have your own printing press. Don’t stay away because you can’t draw. She will assist you in overcoming any barriers to creating your own multiples in no time. And neighborhood folks, don’t be shy. You will most likely know Ruthann from her green stenciled Volvo art car. If nothing else, make sure to stop in so you can hear her many stories from a recent European tour with the group of artists called “Travels in Typography.” They printed their way through Europe, even at the Gutenberg Museum.

Godollei's unique Volvo
Godollei’s unique Volvo

It is exciting to see the growing interest in printmaking happening far beyond the walls of art departments in colleges and museums.  Our smart phones and many image sharing programs online have given everybody images to work with and printmakers seem to be embracing the general population’s interest in their mediums.  Maybe that’s because printmakers have had to share all along.  They have shared equipment, and they have naturally had to help each other in a group effort to produce a print compared to the more isolated processing of making a painting.

So join Ruthann and Wet Paint this Thursday evening.  Hear some stories.  Get a book.  Cut a stencil.  Take part in some community and some fun.

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Hall of Fame Week at Wet Paint

Wet Paint is offering you more than a week of headliners, Sunday, April 28th through Monday, May 6th. The International Art Materials Trade Show and Convention takes place in Minneapolis this year bringing all these artists into our community. An opportunity like this rarely occurs so you need to make room on your calendar to visit Wet Paint a number of times.

scottSunday, April 28th from 2-4pm

Scott Gellatly, an accomplished landscape painter and an active plein air painter, is also Product Manager for Gamblin Artists Colors. Scott will present a 90 minute talk, “Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials.” He will cover topics such as oil and alkyd paints, painting mediums and varnishes, pigments, painting techniques and studio safety. Wet Paint has stocked Gamblin products since the beginning of their production. We like to support American made art supplies. Like us, Gamblin Artists Colors is committed to artists from product development to staffing. Over the years Robert Gamblin and I have had many conversations. One was comparing Gamblin’s oil to some other paint brands. Robert always says his paint is ready for painters to use right out of the tube unlike stiffer paints that need considerable manipulation before they can be applied to a canvas. Robert Gamblin still remains active in the company but paints as much as possible. Scott has learned the art of oil paint from Robert and has taken over his “on the road” responsibilities. We feel quite honored to have Scott visit Wet Paint. See his work at www.scottgellatly.com

pattibook1 copyMonday, April 29th from 5:30-7:30pm

We have certain customers who are so excited about Patti Brady coming to Wet Paint, they can hardly wait. Artist and author of “Rethinking Acrylic,” Patti is also the Director of the Working Artist Program for Golden Artist Colors. Her knowledge of pushing acrylics over the limits, in any direction imaginable, is astounding. You want acrylics to do what? Patti has an answer and probably a sample in her bag of paint swatches. Patti will give a short presentation followed by all the interaction our audience wants. Come see the new products Golden is introducing in 2013. Golden is a company Wet Paint really believes in. Besides innovative products that meet the needs of artists, they are committed to making sure artists know how to use the products effectively and safely.  Her work can be seen on her website www.pattibrady.com

RTEmagicC_antistatik_jpgTuesday, April 30th from 3:30-5pm

Antistatik, AKA, Stephane Helbert, represents Molotow, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to Wet Paint from France. Stephane has been part of the Graffuturism art movement and has murals and exhibits throughout Europe. We saw the Molotow marker line last year at the art materials trade show and were so impressed with their covering power. At Wet Paint, acrylic paint markers are one of our fastest growing product categories. Like spray paint, we didn’t realize how many different types of artists would be interested in this product. The applications are numerous. The results are immediate and possibly more spontaneous. They work in a sketchbook as well as on canvas. Acrylic paint markers work in combination with spray paint, traditional acrylic tube paint and anything else you can imagine. And Stephane incorporates many media in his own paintings. Come try Molotow paint markers and see some other products coming soon from Germany.  See Antistatik’s work here.

marieWednesday, May 1st from 5:30-7:30pm

Marie Browning is a new friend of Wet Paint. She is a design consultant to the U.S. Company that imports Tombow products from Japan. Marie has embraced the art of Zentangle along with her Tombow markers and pencils. Her recent book is “Time to Tangle with Colors.” For those unfamiliar with this movement, Zentangle offers an opportunity for opening your creativity through a multi-patterned drawing design. I can attest to the Zen part of the process. I personally find it relaxing and rewarding at the same time. Tombow brush markers are a standard in the world of water based brush markers. They seem to find a place within various creativity practices such as calligraphy, rubber stamping, journaling and more. What you really want to experience is Tombow’s Irojiten colored pencils. Not just another colored pencil line, they are a beautiful range of colors that Tombow presents in striking color family sets. At first they may seem hard and dry but the pencils actually release their colors in a very controlled manner. They are superb for color layering. I haven’t found any color combinations that don’t blend effectively.  Check out Marie’s blog.

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Thursday, May 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm

If all this color is too much to handle, Kathi Hanson from General Pencil has the perfect antidote – graphite and charcoal drawing techniques. She has some new mixed media applications that may surprise you. Kathi will show you all the possibilities with their new Sketch & Draw Kits that would be great for summer travels. General Pencil still produces wood encased graphite pencils in the U.S., and they love to share their pencil making process with their fans. And General Pencil is a family operated company too. I have always appreciated how they incorporate artists’ drawings into their packaging. All in all, General Pencil is the kind of company we at Wet Paint believe in and believe our customers believe in too. Visit her website www.kathihanson.com

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Friday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm

We couldn’t be happier to have Denise Lapointe and David Carruthers from Papeterie Saint-Armand visit Wet Paint to talk about papermaking. Their operation is right at the apex between handmade processes and machine driven mills. I have visited their studio twice and I am amazed at their operation. The first visit the cab driver didn’t want to take me there – it is outside of lovely Montreal in a relatively abandoned warehouse district. Last fall, the area looked like it is ready for revitalization. Denise and David are passionate about papermaking in general and specifically about their own mill. They are proud of their equipment and their black rags for making black paper. Denise is fiery and David is circumspect. And they have stories about the history of papermaking in Canada, about making paper for the restoration of the home of Edith Wharton, about spec’ing paper jobs for rock and roll bands. They are as beautiful as their papers.  See their website www.st-armand.com

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Saturday, May 4th from 10-12:30pm

Robert Paschal and Iwata are both synonymous with airbrush. Robert’s books on airbrush techniques are best sellers. He is a respected airbrush artist known worldwide. Iwata is the most well-known and respected name in airbrush equipment. Take advantage of Bob being here and bombard him with your questions and Bob will help you overcome your fears of airbrushing. We see a new interest in this tool as many artists look for new venues after starting their art making with aerosol paint. An airbrush gives you control where even the widest range of spray nozzles can’t. Joined by Brooke Cedros from Iwata Airbrush, we are giving you the opportunity to test drive the best with the best. For more info on Robert, click here.

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Sunday, May 5th from 2-4pm

In 2008 Daniel Smith Watercolors became available to retailers like Wet Paint. We jumped at the opportunity to stock the watercolor most often requested by our customers. We have been completely happy with this decision and are delighted to introduce our customers to Katherine Taylor from Daniel Smith. Katherine has worked with us from day one to ensure they could work with Wet Paint and our sometimes unique demands upon our suppliers. We have been quite surprised with their constant introduction of new colors. And the colors they come up with do the most amazing things. Serpentine, Shadow Violet, Moonglow. Colors that almost do the painting for you. Join Katherine to experience the hundreds of additional colors available through mixing in the Daniel Smith Watercolor line. See all their colors at www.danielsmith.com

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Also Sunday, May 5th from 12-4pm

Two years ago I met Don Colley at a workshop. When he showed me his journals, old ledgers from secondhand stores, filled with his drawings created with Faber Castell pens and pencils, I knew these were special. Besides having a tactile quality of well used books, Don truly captures his subjects. I came back to Wet Paint and said we had to have Don Colley come to Wet Paint with his sketchbooks.DON-COLLEY-Darin-NAMTA We looked at his website and there was a drawing he had done of Darin Rinne, our General Manager, just months before at the art materials convention in Phoenix. Don had drawn him from the back, across the patio, and without knowing his subject, he had captured Darin to a T. If you need a personal coach to motivate you to get moving with your sketchbook, Don is your answer. Don will share his strategies of sketching a subject in public when you don’t know if you have your model for 60 seconds or 60 minutes. Take this opportunity to get out and urban sketch the Grand Avenue neighborhood with a true master.  See more of Don’s sketches here

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Monday, May 6th from 5:30-7:30pm

Carl Judson is my own private cowboy. He saw the traditional European pochade box and made a bullet proof one to address the real needs of the plein air painter. Carl, an engineer turned painter turned product designer, has created and sourced an entire palette of products, the Guerrilla Painter line, to make outdoor painting a painless process with no loose ends trailing behind you from your vehicle to your painting site. Come see Carl at Wet Paint and he will help solve your personal dilemmas of onsite painting. Be amazed as Carl explains why he moved the latch on a box or how to fight glare off the brush ferrule. See Carl’s lovely paintings of the American landscape. And watch him drive off into the sunset in his pick-em-up truck.  Check out Carl’s paintings at www.carljudson.com