The Conshohocken Art League is located at the historic Mary Wood Park House, 120 E.5th Avenue in Conshohocken, PA 19428. First organized as a sketch club by an enthusiastic group of artists in October 1923, the art league was the first of its kind in Montgomery County (see History).
For 95 years, the Conshohocken Art League has continuously provided fine art classes, visiting artist workshops and exhibition opportunities to the Conshohocken and area communities' adults and children.
We began last season's visiting artist series represented by Philadelphia artist Moe Brooker, who generously used several of his original works as backdrop for a progression of his non-objective artistic experience, followed by Philadelphia painter Stanley Bielen, whose presentation, original works and interaction provided insight into his alla prima vision. Our series continued with a presentation by printmaker and mixed media artist Julie Zahn, who included the katazome methods and tools with which she uses to create her uniquely layered compositions.
We were happy to begin 2017-18's visiting artist series with a lecture by Philadelphia artist Stuart Shils, whose presentation featured a remarkable artistic career, spanning his immediate vision from the representational to that of the abstract, from paint to collage.
Continuing at the art league are two newly introduced programs designed for --but not exclusive to-- the beginner: Basic Drawing and Clothed Figure Drawing. We added a new 6-week evening adult beginner's workshop last season, Essential Skills, whose slot we hope to continue to fill with specialty workshops...and this season we are happy to introduce Japanese Mixed Media Techniques, with Julie Zahn.
It should be a great season at the Conshohocken Art League, come join us!
Ava Blitz: BA University of Toronto, MFA University of Georgia. Director of Art Dept. at Bryn Mawr College for 12 years.
Ava Blitz is a visual artist who currently divides her time between studio work in sculpture, works on paper, digital photography, and public art. Blitz's public works and commissions are many, including installations in Tokyo, Japan, at the Philadelphia International Airport, and at the University City Science Center. Ava Blitz served on an International Sculpture Symposium panel in Japan, and has lectured on public art for the American Institute of Architects, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Michener Art Museum. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and fellowships, many of which have funded her public art projects. These include grants from the Japan Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Doge Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. Blitz has shown in the Philadelphia area at the Michener Art Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Allentown Art Museum. From 1986 to 1998 she taught at Bryn Mawr College, where she directed the fine art department.
To contact Ava directly, please go to avablitz.net
Eileen McDonnell: BFA, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia; Post Bacc, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Violette de Mazia Foundation at the Barnes Foundation, Merion; Takabijutsu Atelier Mura, Tokyo
A painter, Eileen McDonnell prefers to work observationally. Following separate concentrated periods of drawing and painting exploration, she presently incorporates both disciplines into a current body of mixed media application. McDonnell's most recent informal lectures have featured fundamental composition and conservation; watercolor and pastel techniques. Regularly commissioned and represented in both public and private collections, she continually presents new work in juried exhibitions as well.
To contact Eileen directly, please go to eileenmcdonnell.com
President: Eileen McDonnell
Secretary: Tina Cook
Publicity: Judy Alexy-Rayner
Treasurer & Fundraising: Al Rayner
Webmaster: Erin O'Kane
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Mary Wood Park House, 2017
We'd like to thank our sponsors and friends for their generous scholarship, donations and consistent community support:
Mary Wood Park House, ca 1860
Because the cost of providing these services to adult and junior students is only partially covered by tuition and membership fees, we welcome the generous donations from our community. We sincerely appreciate the consideration of such a gift --in any amount-- as it will substantially enhance the funding of our programs.
The Florence R. Collins Family
The Corson Foundation
Conshohocken Historical Society
The Borough of Conshohocken
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rotary International/ CPW Club
The Mary Wood Park House Commission
Plymouth Meeting Historical Society
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Thank you so much for your support.
Julie Zahn: Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
A painter and printmaker, Julie Zahn works in a variety of media. After completing the 4-year Certificate program at PAFA, she apprenticed with an antique screen restorer in Kyoto and studied with a Japanese stencil dyeing (katazome) master. This taught her many ways to work with paper and has informed her studio practice ever since. In her studio, she produces woodblock prints, katazome pieces and mixed media work. She has a distinct and direct approach to making art, exhibits widely and enjoys teaching.
To contact Julie directly, please go to juliezahn.net