local artist and Darien Arts Center instructor, Vicki French
Smith will be leading a Modern Day Abstract Impressionist Workshop at the DAC Art
Studio on Monday, April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Participants will learn about what inspired the Abstract Impressionists and study works by Mondrian, Rothko, Barnett Newman and William de Kooning. Color, minimalism and geometric shapes will be explored as part of the fascinating world of modern art. Beverages and light snacks will compliment the artistic experience at this adult painting class.
Smith, who is
an award winning oil painter and watercolorist, has studied at the Yard School
of Art, Ducret University, Center for Visual Arts, and Silvermine School of Art. Smith’s
work has been viewed in boutiques along the New Jersey Shore, libraries,
private collections and various galleries.
She is co-president of Fairfield Plein Air Painters, a member of the Rowayton Arts Center, and has served on the board of Silvermine Guild Arts Center. Her latest studies of landscapes have been in the Loire Valley, Provence and Normandy, France, and Lake Como and Tuscany, Italy. You may also see her in PBS’ new series “Landscape through Time with David Dunlop”.
Since she moved to Darien 16 years ago, Smith has been teaching children, high school students and adults. “Painting and photography has opened a new world to me. I see things through new eyes. Photography captures the memory and painting lets me relive the experiences of my travels through recreating, reinterpreting and reinventing all the places I love! My hope is to pass these rewards of inspiration on to others.”
The fee for the Modern Day
Abstract Impressionist Workshop is $60 with no registration fee. No experience is necessary and materials are provided.
To find out more about the workshop or to register, go to darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.
Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.