This Saturday, June 13, 2015 there will be a demonstration of Liquitex Acrylic colors and mediums at A.I. Friedman’s Port Chester Store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Liquitex will also hold a demonstration at A.I. Friedman’s 18th Street Store on the same day from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Port Chester demonstrator is Derek Leka who is a painter and educator. He received his BFA in Drawing, Painting and Color from Purchase College and his MFA in Painting and Color from Western Connecticut State University. His painting Placid Motion has been exhibited at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts 183rd Annual Invitational where he received the Andrew Carnegie Award in Painting. Derek has taught Color and Drawing at Purchase College, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport. He has a studio in New Haven Connecticut.
Also on Saturday the 13th in Port Chester, the A.I. Friedman Gallery will be the location for a reception for the Rye Arts Center show. The reception is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and features artwork created by the Center’s teachers and students. The teachers are Katharine Dufault, Brigitte Loritz and Laura Anechiarico. Katharine originates from Cambridge England and is an artist, curator, photographer and educator. She believes the classroom should be a safe and honest space where individual encouragement helps each student to improve their skills and strengthen their vision.
Brigitte Loritz was born and educated in Switzerland and has studied in the United States with prominent watercolorists such as Ed Whitney, Jane Carlson, Arnie Lindmark, Janet Walsh, Mel Stabin and Diane Faxon. She calls her style semi-impressionistic, “watercolor opens a door to endless possibilities. The so-called ‘lucky accidents’ combined with planned compositions are always challenging to me.” She has been teaching at The Rye Arts Center for over 27 years and is an Artist in Residence for the Port Chester Council for the Arts.
Laura Anechiarico earned her Masters in Teaching, Visual Arts, from Manhattanville College and earned a BA in Art from the University of Texas in Austin. She is working on a series of illustrations for a childrens’ book to be published in 2015, and her fine art work is represented by Gallery 52 in Rye, New York. She has studied with many instructors from the Student Arts League including Knox Martin. To prepare for each new incoming instructor, she painted in a style in which they could best critique, and in turn, in which she could learn the most from each teacher and their style. Laura stated “When I met Knox Martin at the League, I wrote down everything he said and studied his lectures. His classes intellectually allowed me to navigate what art is, and to read deeper into art, learning that in order to make art, I had to challenge myself to create something new, and to reveal something in it that is also invigorating.”
Visit The Rye Arts Center website to learn more about this community-based, not-for-profit organization that promotes the arts in Westchester and the surrounding region. The Rye Arts Center exhibit will continue until the end of June. Check out A.I. Friedman’s Store Calendar for more information on other upcoming events and how to register for the Liquitex Demonstration at either store location.