My sister Beth invited me to Tucson to take a doll workshop with Gretchen Lima, her favorite doll creator, who happens to live nearby in the desert.
It was delightful to learn from taking another artist’s workshop, relax into her instructions, and see her fabulous studio setup. Here is a rare picture of my sister sewing (on the right).
And here is my doll creation, called Sunfire, inspired by my sunshiney red-headed daughter Amber.
Can you see the resemblance?
Ha, that’s a funny picture of Amber a few years ago, but it looks closer to the doll than most!
Here is some desert beauty from our hike: a field of prickly pear; ocotillo flowers in the deep blue sky; palo verde branches with a bird’s nest; and…a little prickly pear love!
What a wonderful From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition class! It was a full house at Sedona Arts Center at the end of January, with many artists traveling from a distance.
Midpoint critique. Photo by Sandy Duckett
Jeanette Cassin and Michelle Erickson
Kimall Christensen, Stacey Aikins, and GloriaRothrock
Gail Dishman and Diana Grady. Diana came from Alaska!
My longtime mentoring client, Sandy Duckett from Phoenix, inspired everyone with her warm heart.
As part of a community-wide Earthflows event in January 2016, the Sedona Arts Center held a juried exhibition called The Art of Recycling – Turning Trash into Treasure. “It is art that makes materials valuable, not the other way around,” said their School of the Arts director, Vince Fazio.
In conjunction with the show, he asked me to do two 2-hour Trash-to-Treasure workshops using recycled materials for assemblage. Like paint, found materials inspire through color and texture. Unlike paint, they also inspire through association, stories, and form.
The workshops were filled with lively people juicing it up with their creativity!
I was invited to show at one of the Sedona City Hall buildings, Oct.-Dec. 2015.
I called the exhibition “Dreamtime,” an aboriginal term for the eternal place where the uncreated spiritual essence of form exists.
My daughter Amber at my Dreamtime show
Two of my paintings were hung in the Mayor’s office. Do they look gorgeous or what on those purple walls with the arch window! Check out the beautiful sculpture on the left, too.
Here I am with Mayor Sandy Moriarty at the Artist Meet and Greet closing reception on January 6, 2016.
As a fun class for the holidays I taught Luscious Painted Collage. We poured and used other techniques to create fabulous textures on paper.
Then we collaged the luscious paper into paintings, cards and bookmarks.
The El Valle Artists Association in Cottonwood, AZ, invited me to do a demo and workshop in November 2015. Here is a picture from the demo.
Photo by Elaine Bomkamp
It is always refreshing to gather with fellow artists! The workshop was held in a school, so during our break we had fun swinging on the swingset. A couple of the older artists hadn’t swung for 7 decades!
Gallery 527 in Jerome gave me a featured exhibition for the month of September 2016. I called it “Heart Conversations.”
Articles about the exhibition were printed in 4 area newspapers, along with a huge color photo of the painting on the upper left, “Nighttime Conversation.”
From the press release:
“The paintings are like personal stories, only just their distilled essence,” said gallery owner Donna Chesler. “Each one has a very specific feeling, distinct from the others, which is unusual in abstract art.”
Engelmann explains, “The title, ‘Heart Conversations,’ refers to my heartfelt relationship with what I call the painting spirit. Like a dynamic conversation, the painting spirit actually helps me make a much better painting, leading to a surprise ending that reflects my seed idea in an intriguing way.”
I was featured in a show called “Fresh Ideas” at the Sedona Arts Center, August 2016, comprised of a small handful of artists who had been juried into the Fine Arts Gallery in the yearly jurying process. Here are my two sections of the show.
Here I am with a couple of the other wonderful artists, Adell and Agate.
As a faculty member of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts, I was invited to be a featured artist and do a demo for their Spirit of Sedona event in June 2015.
Meanwhile, I was juried into the Sedona Arts Center Fine Arts Gallery. Here are some of my paintings in the beautiful space.
I was taken on board by the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts to become a faculty member, teaching Luscious Abstractions. Here are pictures from my first class in April 2015.
Having a professor father, I love using that word, “faculty!”