Events

Workshop with Adrian Arleo
Sep
30
to Oct 4

Workshop with Adrian Arleo

 
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Join Karen for "Images Upon Form", a five-day, figurative ceramic sculpture workshop with Adrian Arleo. It will be held from Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2019 at Karen Russo Studio in Elmira, OR.


During this fast-paced, intensive workshop, we will focus on coil-building the human form and developing surface imagery through drawing, carving, texturing, and the addition of simple sprig-molded forms.

Adrian will give demonstrations and slide presentations on her sculpting and coil-building process to guide students in making medium scale sculptures (approx. 15 – 25” in height). The techniques covered will be useful for large-scale work that could be explored in the future. This will include the use of a base and rod for tall narrow pieces, sectioning and reattaching techniques, internal supports and buttresses, and other sculpting techniques from over 30 years of experience in working with clay.

In addition to coil-building the figure, we’ll enliven the forms with narrative and textural surface imagery. Adrian will demonstrate her texture, carving and relief techniques, as well as how to make simple small sprig molds and ways to alter and apply the press-molded forms to larger pieces. These sprig molds can be made from forms you create out of clay or any assortment of found objects, or natural textures.

The final component to developing a strong, convincing form and surface relationship is an understanding of different types of finishes. Towards the end of the workshop, Adrian will discuss and show examples of low-fire glazes, Terra Sigillata, and non-fired surface finishes such as wax encaustic, and casein paint.

Artist Biography
Adrian is a studio artist living in Lolo, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. in 1983) and received an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her work is exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including The World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea, Racine Art Museum, Racine WI, The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, and The Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT. Adrian received awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in 1991 and '92, and a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship in 1995. Along with making her own work, Adrian is a frequent workshop leader and has been a guest juror for numerous national exhibitions. Abmeyer and Wood Fine Art in Seattle, WA currently represents Adrian Arleo’s work.

Artist Statement

"For thirty years, my sculpture has combined human, animal and natural imagery to create a kind of emotional and poetic power. Often there's a suggestion of a vital interconnection between the human and non­-human realms; the imagery arises from associations, concerns and obsessions that are at once intimate and universal. The work frequently references mythology and archetypes in addressing our vulnerability in a changing personal, environmental and political world."

Work featured ("Kuan Yin, Restless Sleep”, “Heard III", "Artemis/Diana II") and photos provided by Adrian Arleo.

Workshop Information
• $675 fee includes instruction, demonstrations, 50 lbs. of clay

• 12-student enrollment will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis

• Experience in figure sculpting and hand-building is essential

• No bisque firing will be provided for this workshop

Registration Information
• Contact Karen Russo at karenrussostudio@gmail.com

• Workshop will be held at Karen Russo Studio in Elmira, OR

• Link to Adrian Arleo's website

 
 
 
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Workshop with Alessandro Gallo
May
13
to May 17

Workshop with Alessandro Gallo

 
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Join Karen for "Narrative in Clay", a five-day, figurative ceramic sculpture workshop with Alessandro Gallo. It will be held from May 13  17, 2019 at Karen Russo Studio in Elmira, OR.

Alessandro Gallo will share his sculpting process, from hand-building a figure using solid clay construction to painting the figure realistically after firing. Throughout the immersive, five-day workshop, every participant will be encouraged to develop one small to medium-size figure (15 – 20” in height).

With the help of demonstrations and videos, the workshop will cover all stages of Alessandro's process:

• Concept and narrative
• Reference preparation
• Hand-building solid piece using a pipe armature
• Roughing in clay, identifying main shapes, planes and volumes
• Defining progressively the piece in all its parts
• Cutting the solid piece in sections
• Hollowing and reassembling
• Sculpting and refining
• Details
• Firing
• Post-firing, glues and tools
• Painting and finishing techniques

Days 1 – 4: Sculpting solid in clay using an armature
Day 5: Painting demonstration

Artist Biography
Alessandro Gallo was born in 1974 in Genoa, Italy and is now based in Helena, Montana. After studying Law at the University of Genoa, Gallo moved to London where he studied at Saint Martin’s College of Art and at Chelsea School of Art and Design. Gallo has shown internationally and his work was featured in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded a first place grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. In 2014 and 2016 he had solo shows at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. Alessandro was selected as a Demonstrating Artist for 2018 NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts).

Work featured ("Elevator", "Metro", "Tattoo Iguana") and photos provided by Alessandro Gallo.

Workshop Information
• $675 fee includes instruction, demonstrations, 50 lbs. of clay

• 12-student enrollment will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis

• Experience in figure sculpting and hand-building is essential

• No bisque firing will be provided for this workshop

Registration Information
• Contact Karen Russo at karenrussostudio@gmail.com

• Workshop will be held at Karen Russo Studio in Elmira, OR

• Links to Alessandro Gallo's website and Instagram account

 
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Exhibition: Guardino Gallery
Jun
28
to Jul 22

Exhibition: Guardino Gallery

  • 2939 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR (map)
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At the Guardino Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Karen will participate in a four-artist exhibition from June 28 – July 22. Her new collection of work, "Hope & Despair," features figurative ceramic sculpture. The exhibition also includes multimedia artist Jacqueline McIntyre, painter Andie Furtado, and sculptor Cary Weigand.

The opening reception is on June 28 and begins at 6 PM. It coincides with "Last Thursday," an annual art walk that stretches 15 blocks along Northeast Alberta St. During the week, the gallery will be open from:

• Tuesday from 11 – 5 PM
• Wednesday through Saturday, 11 – 6 PM
• Sunday from 11 – 4 PM, and closed on Monday

 

 
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