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2014 Workshop & Event Calendar

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Please register for workshops & events when you make your overnight or day visit reservation. Register online or call
518-668-9690. We can only notify you of schedule changes or cancellations if you register in advance!

Workshop/Class Passbooks may be purchased by calling 518-668-9690. $70 for a booklet good for 10 classes.  Single classes/workshop will cost $8.00 unless otherwise noted.



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Sat, Sep 20, 2014
DIVINE SALVAGE: Collections, Bundles and Frames (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

DIVINE SALVAGE: Collections, Bundles and Frames
A workshop that explores the human penchant for collecting
and our attachment to possessions, habits and ideas.

Presented by Doliver Productions - Sandi Dollinger & Joan Oliver

The Indo-European root of the word "art" is "to arrange" or "fit together." In this sense, art is whatever is described as having undergone a deliberate process of arrangement by an agent. We begin by collecting, then playing with the materials or objects, organizing them in a variety of ways making new combinations, trying things, then observing the arrangements we have made. ( How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith, 2008, p. 15)

The workshop will employ a sequence of exercises (art, writing, performance) and dialogue that culminates in a ritual to release and/or honor the outcomes revealed during the inquiry.

$40 - lunch and workshop


Sandi Dollinger is an Albany-based playwright and theatre professional who also teaches as an adjunct English professor at the College of St. Rose. She has taught workshops in playwriting at Pyramid Life Center and worked as a volunteer teacher in cities in Poland, Lithuania and Honduras. Sandi lives in a flat in Albany with her cat-muse, Nunzia.

Joan Oliver is a visual artist, poet and independent grant professional. She has received national recognition for her drawings and paintings, been acknowledged for her poetry and generated over $17 Million in grants. She holds a master's degree in library science from SUNY Albany. She resides in an 1890 farmhouse in Glenmont, NY, with her Schnoodle, Scupper, and tabby, Meena.
Location: Fuller House Parlor - Wiawaka



Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Fall Foliage Plein Air Painting (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Subject matter for the workshop will be the landscape, the beauty and unique character of the gardens and architecture of Wiawaka: Fuller House, Rose Cottage, Mayflower Cottage, The Lake House, Wakonda, The Boat House, and of course, the incredible views! Each student will chose whatever site interests them to paint. The Sessions will include painting demonstrations, discussions of painting techniques, principles, tools and private as well as group critiques of finished works.

All levels are welcome to attend, beginning to advanced. (Students who prefer to work in other mediums, pastels, charcoal or pencil sketching, watercolors or acrylics may discuss this option with the instructor.) Students must come equipped with their own supplies including a portable easel. A list of suggested supplies will be available in advance upon registering. It is not necessary to purchase every paint color listed, the important ones will be noted.

Cost to attend - $15 day pass to Wiawaka
Also must pay instructor $50 for half day (9-12 or 1-4pm) or $100 for the whole day. Pay instructor day of but you must pre-register with Wiawaka by calling 518-668-9690


Make a retreat of it for $100!
Includes overnight lodging, lunch on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday (Dinner on your own Saturday night) Artist fee paid directly to instructor. Friday can be added, with a continental breakfast served on Saturday morning for an additional $85


Deborah holds a Master's Degree in Art from the State University at Albany, New York.

Currently she is an instructor for the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York, where she teaches painting and drawing. (www.artscenteronline.org). She has been teaching at the Arts Center and maintaining an art studio in the Ilium Building in Troy since moving back to upstate New York from Maine in 2001.

Gallery Affiliations: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Clements Gallery, The West End Gallery

While living in Portland, Maine, Deborah was the Director of the Tramonti gallery and freelance artist for the Georgetown Collection. A popular Trompe l'oeil muralist in Portland and on Peaks Island, she was commissioned to execute large scale paintings for the Wyeth Family Exhibit now owned by the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland and commissioned to create landscape murals by the Carroll Reed Corporation for locations in West Palm Beach, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina and Fort Orange, New Jersey. Selected by the Maine Arts Commission for the State of Maine Arts Festival Exhibit at Thomas Point Beach and selected to execute permanent Murals at Sea Road School, Kennebunk, Maine.

Moving back to upstate New York was a return to Deborah's childhood home and the surrounding environment inspiring a return to "easel-size" paintings, working in the studio as well as on site, or plein air. Her focus is the natural landscape, the farmlands and fields of the region and the Adirondacks, the fading images of the barns and farmhouses, the architecture that was once so familiar and plentiful now rapidly disappearing.
Her paintings are representational executed with loose, broken brushwork combined with palette knife painting using a color palette derived from nature.

In her oil painting classes Deborah urges her students to develop the painting techniques that best convey their personal interpretations of the landscape. "Although I teach representational painting it is not a goal to simply reproduce a photographical image. I am more concerned with students understanding the process and being comfortable with that, and have the work be expressive, rather than being overly concerned about the end product. I want my students to fall in love with the act of painting and not be intimidated by the process."


Material List: Paper: Landscape painting takes well to a rough surface. The scope of Wiawaka calls for large scale painting as well as detailed close ups. Bring large sheets and small ones, ,or cut to size when you decide what you will paint, choose between 18x24, 16x20, 12x16, or 11x14. 140 to 300lb. wt., [300lb.is best!] At least one large sheet will be needed for a "loosening up" exercise. The French Aquarelle Arches Watercolor Blocks are excellent quality, watercolor blocks that work well outdoors as they are pre-stretched.
A support to hold paper in place on easel or table is needed and watercolor tape, unless you are using a watercolor block.
Location: Wiawaka Center for Women