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Gamblin Product Demonstration

Date:        Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time:       2-3PM

Where:   BCAC Gallery in the Ice House Mall

Chicago based artist representative for Gamblin will be at the BCAC Ice Hall Mall gallery to demo a variety of Gamblin products, including varnishing techniques, best brushes to use, cold wax varnish process and more.  Questions are encouraged!

R.S.V.P.:  Sharron Boxenbaum   847-347-3576

Painting with a Limited Palette – Tom Henrichsen



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Artist Salon

BCAC will be begin a bi-monthly series of Artist Salons. What is an Artist Salon, you ask?
(noun) – Salon, from the French word salon (a living room or parlor), means a conversational gathering. Usually this is a select group of intellectuals, artists and politicians who meet in the private residence of a socially influential (and often wealthy) person.
Numerous wealthy women have presided over salons in France and England since the 17th century. The American novelist and playwright Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was known for her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where Picasso, Matisse and other creative people would meet to discuss art, literature, politics and, no doubt, themselves.

This Artist Salon is to promote quality conversation among artists around a variety of topics ranging from artist materials, art in the news, art trends and personal artist goals and achievements. A different topic will be chosen for each meeting every other month. If there is interest, we can also devote the last half hour of the salon for group critiques. Critiques are meant for constructive feedback and will be lead in a structured manner.

The first proposed BCAC Artist Salon will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 12:30pm at the Ice House Mall in the BCAC Gallery. Responses are appreciated to confirm attendance. Our first topic will be Pleinair equipment setups and how to travel with artist supplies on planes. Please bring your Pleinair set up and share it with the group so we have a variety of options and opinions to share. Bring one piece of art if you would like a group critique! This is entirely optional.

This Salon is meant to be participatory rather then passive! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Sharron Boxenbaum

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