Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote art and art education in the community and among its members. To encourage and promote a public interest and understanding of art; to create and develop a closer relationship between art and the community and further the education and artistic development of its members.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Art Trading Card Meet & Swap

Saturday was our 3rd ATC meet and swap.


If you missed it, you missed a great time!

Tables quickly filled and everyone really got into it.


We had a couple of decks of cards, paper, scissors, glue and a wide array of pencils, everything from 100% graphite through tinted graphite, charcoal, and many, many colored pencils.


The watercolor pencils proved very popular! They were precise but still allowed you to flow the pigments.


A lot of people got creative with scissors, and applied a wide range of papers to the cards for tinting and manipulation. The collage method of altering the cards was really fun.


The ladies from Charleston brought in a lot of sample which the rest of us found inspiring. Everyone was able to do several cards, so had some to keep and some to trade.


Pati Payne used watercolors to do a smashing little landscape, which was trading for before she was done! (sorry, went so fast, no picture!)

Cards made at swap

more cards from swap
Next Meet & Swap will be Saturday October 6, 2012.




Friday, August 24, 2012

Art and About the End of August

Friday August 24, 2012 


Pet artist Gary :Lapelle will open the Renaissance Art Gallery at Noon this Friday. Got a beloved pet? Gary is the person to talk to. He loves drawing animal portraits.


New Art and Artist 
New artist hanging work.

There is a lot of new art hanging in the gallery from our artists, in addition to a new artist, Bobby Marcum. Come in to see his work!


New display by Fern Christian
On Saturday, Pati Payne will be in the gallery. Pati is a well-known watercolorist. She is also starting a new class at the Renaissance in watercolor. Perfect timing with fall coming on. 


Saturday will also be our 3rd ATC meet and swap from 1-3 pm. APC is the theme, Altered Playing Cards. This will help us all get into the mood for the 12th Annual National Miniature Exhibition in November. The original miniature were painted on the playing cards of the day in watercolor and gouache. So working with playing cards is perfect!  Drawing teacher Susan Tschantz will have lots of things for everyone to work on. She has an enormous stash of pencils!


And figure artist Linda Helgason will be in on Sunday from 1-4 pm.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Art Trading Cards

A samble of ATCs

We held our second trading party and swap July 14, and we had a blast! Along with seeing what others had collected, everyone got to make a new card. One person did her first watercolor painting! Fellow artist, Barbra Delligatti, shared her knowledge of watercolors with fellow ATC artist which lead to a successful watercolor trading card!

The next one is already scheduled for August 25, 2012, 1-3 at the Gallery.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hot times in July at the Renaissance

"March Marigold" L. Moul
This weekend promises to be a scorcher! Over half the U.S. is in sever draught, and those of us who aren't, yet are still so hot it is dangerous!

Most outdoor activities are not going to be pleasent, but the Renaissance Art Gallery will be open, and air conditioned. Perfect day and weather to come in out of the heat and enjoy local original art.

Friday Photographer Laura Moul will host the gallery from 12- 4 pm. Laura is an award winning landscape artist. So is also an expert in digital photography. The perfect person to ask questions of about digital photography. She knows what all those little pictures on your camera mean!

Saturday Susan Tschantz will be in. Susan teaches beginning art and drawing at the Renaissance. She will be in working on her ATC for the upcoming August 25th swap. She would welcome the company and would be happy to show you how simple and enjoyable Art Trading Cards are.

"Fishing Buddies" Tinted Charcoal
S. Tschantz
Susan will also be in Sunday from 1-4 pm. Again, she will have all her drawing toys, um, I mean tools! Susan has been using the latest tinted charcoal from Derwent along with tinted graphite. These exciting new products make drawing a new artform again.