‘Floral glory’ lives up to name in art league contest
Addie Chernus won first prize in the Tahoe Art League February contest for her silk painting “Floral Glory.” Chernus captures the essence of this colorful patch of spring flowers, employing her amazing mastery of painting on silk with dyes.
As a watercolorist turned silk painter she explores every creative pathway in this medium and shares each new discovery with her admiring and captivated students. In addition to paintings, her artwork includes “wearable” art such as fabric, vests and kimonos and magnificent wall hangings, banners, and posters.
Cherus is an artist, businesswoman and generous teacher. She has a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education, and a master’s degree in special education. She teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College, has taught silk art to 500 local elementary school children, and gives workshops throughout the country. Her instruction has turned many an artist into a “silk painting addict” and she has helped launch more than one successful silk painting career.
In addition to producing a rich and diverse collection of silk art, she has made time to serve the community. Upon moving to Tahoe in 1999, she quickly became involved in local arts organizations, working on the Tahoe Arts Project board (1999-2003) and organizing the “Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts” from 2001 to 2003. Currently, she is a member-at-large for the Tahoe Art League board.
Her awards, honors, and publications list is extensive, including poster and cover art, “first place” and “best in show” prizes in many prestigious venues, such as the Ratner Museum, the Smithsonian, PGA Golf Tour, and many more. She’s written several art articles and is writing a book titled the “Joy of Painting on Silk.” She is the advertising manager for the Silk Painters International organization.
Watch the LTCC schedule for her upcoming classes or workshops. Contact her at Addiesilkart@aol.com to learn more about her art and classes. And, if you’re lucky, you might meet her in the summer painting plein aire with her husband, Michael, on one of the Tahoe Art League’s Sunday “paint outs.”
Second prize was also captured by a silk painting, this one by Dorothy Davis, student of Addie Chernus. Davis has embraced silk painting with a passion and this “delicious” creation titled “Wine Festival” attests to her love of this new medium. The bunch of grapes appear ripe and ready to pluck and each grape leaf is textured differently, using various silk techniques. The dyes are vibrant in color and flow freely on the fabric, perfect for Dorothy’s loose and expressionist style. The question is “What will Dorothy be doing next semester?” This versatile artist has fun and is successful in whatever medium she chooses – her repertoire is extensive.
Davis is a native Californian, born into a family of artists. She has studied watercolor and oil painting, figure sculpture and ceramics at local colleges and has done workshops with well- known artists such as Jake Lee, Charles Movalli, and Lynn Wright. You may see her paintings at several Tahoe Art League “Art Around Town” locations. Contact her at email@example.com to learn more about her art.
Jerry Brown won third prize for his lovely pink alabaster sculpture “Bird in the Sky.” Only a very skilled sculptor can take a raw and heavy piece of stone and transform it into a graceful smooth abstraction, suggestive of the light and undulating flight of a bird. Brown says his sculptures may take up to six to eight months to complete. He travels down to Calavaras to a stone quarry to pick out the stone to begin the process. The color and texture of the stone may lead him to the final design.
Brown is grateful to David Foster, art director at LTCC, for the support and opportunity to pursue his creativity. He has taken almost all the art classes at the college and has garnered many awards in the past 10 years he has been a retiree at Lake Tahoe.
He grew up in Colorado and as a youngster he loved cowboy art. He copied Charlie Russell’s works, drawing horses and western scenes all the time. His art education included a year of study at the San Francisco Art Institute, studying oil and acrylics, three years at the College of Marin, studying silversmithing, and three years at the City College of San Francisco, studying etching and engraving. Although he admits he became “burned out” by abstract expressionism in painting, he does enjoy abstract sculpture and is inspired by the works of Hepworth, Henry Moore, and Picasso.
Brown’s new artwork will also be on display through TAL’s “Art Around Town” program. A photograph of his sculpture and the winning paintings can be viewed at the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, or on the Web site TALart@aol.org (contest winners.)
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