Participants will be working with artist and teacher Walter Piehl creating artwork using still life with a western motif exploring a variety of techniques that will emphasize his expressionistic approach to painting. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with mixed media to discover the creative potential of the expressionistic style.
The two day workshop will include demonstration, slides, and participant painting, along with critique. Participants will also be able to share the artwork they have created over the summer with a social gathering and critique at the close of Piehl's on Sunday afternoon August 14th.
Artists of all levels of experience are welcome to participate in this workshop. The workshop is offered as one credit for those wishing to earn continuing education credit. The workshop fee is $70.
Preregister by April 11th
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Walter Piehl's artwork will be on exhibit at Dawson Community College Gallery 126 from April 16th - August 14th. There will be an opening reception with the artist on April 16th from 5 to 7pm.
Walter Piehl grew up on a ranch in Marion, North Dakota loving horses & rodeo. A rodeo rider himself, & an announcer for thirty years, Piehl comes by his subject naturally. Piehl's paintings capture the essence of the rodeo, & the dynamic interaction of horse & rider. With his abstract expressionist kinetic style, Piehl brought new life to contemporary western painting. Drawing & overdrawing with energetic gestural brushwork, Piehl creates the sensation of movement with rich glazes of color that dance in sweeping lines that splatter & drip across the canvas.
Piehl teaches at Minot State University and is one of North Dakota's most popular visual artists - a painter of Western Americana. Among other honors during his career, Piehl received the prestigious 2008 Bush Enduring Visions Fellowship a grant of $100,000. His paintings are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Western Arts; Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; the Smithsonian Institute and the Center for Folk Life Studies in Washington, DC; the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Minnesota Museum of Art in St. Paul, Minnesota; the Yellowstone Art Center in Billings, Montana; Paris Gibson Square in Great Falls, Montana; in addition to many other regional museums.