This afternoon’s social event brought together members of many local arts groups, including the Roselle Art Association, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Art Association, the Contemporary Art Group and, of course, the Westfield Art Association. With so many like-minded artists in attendance – and so many types of tea and baked goodies to feast upon – it did not take long to decide that we will be repeating this event again next year, and the year after that, and….
Under the guidance of the WAA’s Education Outreach Coordinator, Laura Brown, three board members made thought-provoking, interactive presentations.
Brooke Gardiner, WAA Vice President, Exxon chemist & glass artist, gave us a historical viewpoint on man’s creativity since the dawn of time and how it influenced evolutionary change and growth along with a personal view of his scientific and artistic growth, which is based in experimentation.
Ginny Puskar, WAA board member and acrylic painter, gave us a presentation on artistic influences and an activity that challenged us to find artistic inspiration in randomly-selected phrases and words.
And Laura Brown, art educator and WAA board member, challenged us to an exercise that had us blindly feeling a random object attempting to draw it from feeling alone.
Add to that the marvelous spread of specialty teas, sandwiches, scones, cakes and cookies…
…and great participation from our many attendees…
…and we definitely had a get-together that excited the creative minds and appetites of all who attended. We are already looking forward to next year!