June 9 ArtTalk with Debra Arter



Collage-fest: Collage Demystified with Debra Arter

On Tuesday, June 9th at 7pm, Debra Arter will lead participants in a hands-on collage workshop.   Join Debra Arter for our monthly ArtTalk at the Harlow Gallery, and bring your own scraps, unfinished watercolors, odd paper pieces, old paintings, etc. – you’ll learn how to create something new.  Using techniques familiar to collage artists and some invented by accident, Debra will guide each participant through the exciting process collage can offer as a medium.  Seeing with new eyes using collage as a process may help artists get to breakthroughs in their personal work.  We will enjoy a fun and safe atmosphere to create together.  A presentation of examples will be shared by the instructor.

Materials to bring:  Participants should bring scissors, white glue (Tacky or Sobo dry faster than Elmer’s, but results are similar), a pencil, smock or apron if you need it.  You may want to bring a ruler or pinking shears.  And bring the raw materials you want to use, for example, unique papers like wallpaper and gift wrap, cloth, natural materials such as leaves, petals and feathers, pages from high-quality magazines, photos, cancelled stamps, sheet music, maps, pieces of poems or books, etc.  Debra will have card blanks and envelopes for sale at cost, but you can certainly bring blank paper and use your own envelopes if desired.

Debra has degrees in both International Relations and Art Education.  Since obtaining her MFA from Vermont College in 2008, she tries to combine her love of travel, life as a mother to two wonderful kids with art instruction and creation.  Her work is featured in the recently published Monoprinting by Newell and Whittington in the UK as well as inclusion in Sommerset Studio magazine.  She also enjoys teaching printmaking at Midcoast Printmakers facility in Damariscotta.  Debra’s work is found in many collections here and abroad including the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland and the Boston Public Library.  Her Dana Farber Holiday card was ranked the number one seller in 2008.  She is a member of the Boston Printmakers as well as a signature member in the National Collage Society.
Art Talks are free and open to the public.  Many thanks to our season sponsor, Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine.