Jefferson City Art Club member and artist Jennifer Slouha began using professional grade colored pencils on paper. She still created graphite pencil drawings on paper and painted with acrylic paints, but she painted on gallery wrapped canvases instead of rocks.
"My love for colored pencils grew with each new piece that I created. I was able to achieve the same realism that I had with graphite pencils but only in color. Colored pencil has been an under-recognized medium and misunderstood by many people who thought it was just for children," she said. "With professional grade colored pencils, beautiful painterly results can be attained with the same archival quality as paint. I chose Caran d'Ache Luminance, Faber-Castell Polychromos, and only the light-fast Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to create my colored pencil artwork. Artwork can fade or change colors over time when lesser quality colored pencils are used."
Slouha is a general member of the Best of Missouri Hands. She is also a member of the Columbia Art League in Columbia and participates in the community exhibit program where she exhibits her artwork throughout the city on a rotational basis. She has also been accepted into Capital Arts gallery in Jefferson City, The Art House gallery of Fulton, and the Lake Fine Art Academy & Galleria in Osage Beach for representation. Her artwork has won awards and been published numerous times in the last few years; it can also be viewed at jenniferslouha.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Jefferson City Art Club and Capital Arts
It's Jefferson City Art Club's 115th active year fostering art appreciation. The club meets every third Monday from September through May. The next meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the church community room at 409 Ellis Blvd. Professional Artist Ann De Rosier will give the presentation "Fun with Clay." Artists and anyone interested in art is invited to attend. Find out more at jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com.
I need to thank some people for the work the do behind the scenes. They keep record of dates and information about all kinds of events that are held by the Jefferson City Art Club. The co-chairs of the JCAC historic committee, artist Janet Maurer and artist Faye Zumwalt, are making a book. This is not just any old book; it's a book with all my articles in it. I could hardly believe it. I knew I needed to once again thank the Historic Committee. They help me out a lot with JCAC historical information. So, thank you Janet and Faye. It is amazing all the things these ladies keep track of.
Capital Arts Gallery invites the community to its "Give The Gift of Art Exhibition," which is open through Dec. 30. There will be a reception 1-4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the gallery, 1203 Missouri Blvd. The many works of art will provide the perfect affordable gifts for family and friends. For more information, call 573-635-8355.
The Jefferson City Art Club's next featured artist through Jan. 7 is artist Diana Fowler.
"I truly love to paint. I enjoy the challenge of each piece I paint," she said. "My medium of choice is oil on canvas. I paint landscapes, mountains, cozy home scenes and beautiful horses."
A collection of Fowler's artwork is on the club's website at jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com, and she will have an exhibit on display at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1617 Southridge Drive, which is open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. For more information, call 573-632-0006.
Rick Jey, AKA art club member Jerry Ricker, hosts videos on CenturyLink and Mediacom. In his two documentary series, he presents regional, national and international artisans relating to all aspects of the arts. In "Spotlight on the Arts," Rick gives viewers a 30-minute, in-depth interview with an artist. In "Mid-Missouri Art News," Rick highlights two guests in 15-minute interviews. These documentaries are taped at JCTV on Lincoln University campus and shown on CenturyLink and MediaCom; check your provider for dates and times. Also see episodes on YouTube.
If you are thinking of learning to paint with acrylics, check out Larry Carver's new video. Carver walks viewers through two of his most requested paintings, "Luna Landing" and "Tribute to Frazetta," both of which are available at Jefferson City Art Club's Facebook page.
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Gary Cadwallader can teach others how to paint with watercolor. Instructional videos are available at YouTube. Enter his name and start painting.
The Art Bazaar, 1502 E. High St., will host a Christmas Open House 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15.
Debbie and Sarah Smith of The Silver Smith's Sisters in Tipton specialize in making personalized jewelry. Debbie also designs, redesigns and repurposes handmade clothing. They will also be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 22, at their business located at 11272 Missouri 50 in Tipton. For more information, call 660-473-1750.
Santa's Workshops at The Village Art Studio have begun, with sessions planned 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 at The Village Art Studio, 1502 E. High St., Suites 40 and 60. These three-hour workshops invite children ages 6 and older to create three art gifts perfect for the holidays. Cost is $35, which includes supplies. To enroll or for more information, call Ann DeRosier at 573-230-1414 or visit thevillageartstudio.com or their Facebook page.
Professional artist Jimmy Mustion does club promotions and publicity for Jefferson City Art Club and Capital Arts.