Earlier this year, a few local artists put out a call to gauge interest in starting a network to advocate for visual artists, especially those trying to make a living in the field.
Brainstorming meetings were attended by painters, fiber artists, photographers, 3-D artists, and generalists the second Fridays of May, June and July at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center Galleries. Interest was strongly positive and all visual artists are invited to join in future sessions.
The new group will sponsor its first free public activity, “How to Look at Art,” at 7 p.m. Monday at the DAWC Galleries. The program kicks off a new educational series and will be conducted by Carmen Armstrong using her own paintings as examples. The target audience is the general public, most of whom have not experienced a class in art.
The program objectives are to allow people to become comfortable in attending art exhibits/receptions, to learn some art vocabulary, to gain some understanding of what goes into the meaning of an artwork and to see color and composition in a new way. It will be a gallery talk by an experienced art educator who is enthused about her creations.
The gallery is located at 1021 State St., DeKalb. The parking lot is one-half block south at 415 N. 11th St. An accessible lift can be reached from the alley just north of the building.