Art Exhibit and Related Workshops : “Branching Out” at Red Dog Gallery
During the month of April, AFAS/Red Dog Gallery, 630 N. Liberty St. Winston Salem, NC 27101 will host a solo exhibition of Asian Brush Paintings by Barbara Rizza Mellin. The First Friday Artist Reception is Friday, April 6, 7-9. There are also two adult Brush Painting workshops in conjunction with the exhibit: Sat. April 7, 1-3 and Wed. April 11, 6-8. You may recognize Mellin’s name from the Billboard featuring one of her paintings (on Bus. 40, after the Linville Rd. exit, facing east.)
The First Friday Artist Reception is Friday, April 6, 7-9
“I was thrilled to receive the 2017 ArtPop Award from the Arts Council,” says Mellin. “The interest that the billboard has garnered led me to consider creating new Chinese Brush Paintings for an exhibit.” This show will feature almost 50 new works.
“What I love about Asian Brush Painting is the simple elegance of the natural subjects, plus the real and apparent spontaneity of the the process,” claims Mellin. “Less is more. A few strokes can capture the beauty of a blossom or the fragility of a falling leaf.” She explains that there is a meditative quality to the process. Mellin creates each image at one sitting, with no preliminary drawing. “The idea is to capture the natural essence of the subject rather than a detailed botanical copy,” she says. These works combine elements of water color paintings and calligraphic line drawings, and, yet, have their own unique look and style. As an art historian, Mellin likes preserving and reinterpreting classic techniques for modern-day viewers.
In conjunction with the April exhibition, AFAS and Mellin are offering two workshops on Chinese Brush Painting. Both workshops are the same: Sat. April 7, 1-3 and Wed. April 11, 6-8. Mellin will start with a demonstration and a little background history. Then, participants will get to try their hand at this ancient art form. “We will learn how to use just one bamboo brush to create the thinnest and thickest lines in our art work,” says Mellin, “and how to grind an inkstick to produce the traditional black ink and to apply Chinese watercolors.” All supplies for use in the workshop will be provided, and no artistic background in necessary. “It is fun,” assures Mellin. The 2–hour workshop is $25. For more information or to register, go to www.BarbaraRizzaMellin.com or send an email to SouthHouseStudio@gmail.com.