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Four Artists Share Their Journeys to Becoming Artists

Oct. 31, 2013

How does an idea move from an artist’s vision to a sculpture being erected in a public park or a concept for a print become a lithograph? Anne Arundel Community College will have two presentations next week at which artists will share their creative process. In addition, the following week, the college’s annual National Juried Exhibit will open.
Sculptor Wilfredo Valladares Lara, AACC assistant professor of visual arts, will present a start-to-finish discussion about creating his public sculpture, “Journey Anacostia,” at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 323. His open-work copper canoe-form, inset with stained glass on an imposing plinth, was recently dedicated on Good Hope Road in Washington, D.C. He will talk about the formulation of the project, its funding through the District’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, community involvement, and the esthetic and practical journey needed to complete the artwork.

Visiting artist Brian Garner, master printmaker from Tamarind Institute and director of the Litho Shop in Baltimore, specializes in collaborating with artists to make their visions into fine art lithographs. He will discuss fine art printmaking Nov. 7 in a day of events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 302. Come to one or all events, sponsored by the AACC Printmaking Club: 11 a.m. lecture on lithography collaborations; 12:30 p.m. lithography demonstration; and 2:30 p.m. critique of AACC student prints.

For more information about both these artists’ presentations, contact Chris Mona, AACC department chair of visual arts, by email, 410-777-7028 or visit the website.
This year’s theme for AACC’s National All-Media Juried Show is “Half and Half,” featuring artists who combine two or more disciplines within their work. These artists fuse traditional art media such as photography and painting or printmaking and sculpture, or they combine traditional visual art mediums with science, technology and design. The exhibit is on view from Nov. 11-Dec. 11, in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery. Featured artists include Brian Cavanaugh, Michelle Dickson, Carrie Fucile, Khanh H. Le and Thanh T. La, Megan Maher and Veronica Szalus.

Juror Stephanie Fedor, executive director of the Arlington Arts Center, will give a Juror’s Talk at noon Nov. 14; a reception for artists is from 6 to 8 p.m. that same day. Before joining AAC, Fedor was the assistant director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center where she presented more than 80 exhibitions of contemporary art featuring the work of both emerging and internationally renowned artists. She has additionally managed and directed exhibitions programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art and New York University.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Lindsay McCulloch, director of the Cade Fine Arts Gallery and assistant professor of visual arts by email or visit the Cade Gallery website.