November Artist of the Month: Andrea Sitton

 Andrea is a local artist who lives in Independence. She creates beautiful art with alcohol inks as well as watercolor. Her alcohol inks classes are something you definitely don't want to miss! Please enjoy her featured artist interview.

Andrea is a local artist who lives in Independence. She creates beautiful art with alcohol inks as well as watercolor. Her alcohol inks classes are something you definitely don't want to miss! Please enjoy her featured artist interview.


What is your favorite piece of yours and why? My favorite painting was titled “Peaceful Garden”. This was an alcohol ink painting using all 7 colors of the rainbow. It represented God’s love for all people. My paintings don’t have to represent or have meaning to other people, only to me.

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How did you get started using alcohol inks? During a time of major health issues, a friend from Texas encouraged me to get back into creativity and painting by coloring with felt markers in coloring books for adults. I would sit for hours and color. It would help reduce pain levels (or at least help me to forget about the pain.) The medical community is finding this to be very helpful for pain reduction/mood improvement, and from my experience I certainly encourage that. As my health improved, she gave me a set of alcohol inks and life has never been the same! That was the beginning of my love affair with the alcohol inks. I encourage everyone to try them, to just enjoy the brilliant colors and shapes, allowing the colored inks to go where they want to. It is a surprise and a “letting go” of control. Beautiful things can happen.

 What types of art did you do before alcohol inks and what others do you do now? I started painting in the 60’s with an instructor in oil painting & continued for several years before changing to acrylic paints. From there I launched into watercolor. I was painting with acrylics and watercolors when I discovered alcohol inks about 2 years ago. I am still painting with my acrylics, creating abstract works. At some point I will also get back to watercolor. I enjoy them all; there just aren’t enough hours in the day. 

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What most inspires your art? It is feelings, nature, color and light. It is a feeling for certain colors at certain times.  Sometimes during the night I think of colors that I want to use and combine. Picasso said “All art is a self-portrait”.

How do you decide what you're going to paint? Is it the same process for alcohol inks as it is for other media? I am more of an intuitive painter. Painting is a creative expression of my feelings which I transfer to the paper/canvas in forms of color and design. I also listen to music and it varies on my mood what I choose. My pattern doesn’t seem to change with the medium I am using.

Who is your favorite artist and why? Monet without question. He was a leading artist in the Impressionist’s movement, and was concerned with capturing light and natural forms. Monet wanted his paintings to serve as a “home of peaceful meditation”, soothing and calming people. He lived and painted in Giverny, France and I was there in the ‘80’s. It made a huge impact on my feelings about my art work.  He was famous for his waterlily paintings, done from the pond in his beautiful garden with a Japanese-style bridge over the pond. I can still remember standing on that bridge and “feeling” all the beauty of his gardens.

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What is your favorite part about being a member of Eclectix Art Gallery? Originally it was having a gallery to show my art and share with the community. NOW, it is also about having a new family: the other artists. We care about and value each other, we encourage each other to create, grow, learn and improve our art. It encourages me to reach out, challenge myself to go beyond my comfort level. There is no way to put a price tag on that. 

Why do you think it's important for Eclectix to be a part of Independence? I think beauty and art are an important part of any community. We give artists a gallery to exhibit their work and connect with other artists. When purchasing gifts or items for your home, the gallery sells unique, handmade items that have a “heart & soul,” not a mass-produced thing. Art is a perfect gift.   We are offering a variety of classes for children and adults. 2018 will see an increase in the diversity of classes. We are also offering birthday parties and private parties to just get together with friends and paint for fun. This is a venue for those who think they can’t create, to come and just have fun. We want to encourage children in art, offering classes and hope to work with schools for additional reinforcement for children’s art. There are a greater number of students that graduate from high school that have been involved in some form of creative art.  We want to be a fun place to come, meet with your friends, and bring your children for creative art classes. We hope you will think of the gallery when you need a gift or need an interior up-date with new, unique art or accessories.

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What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't making art? My favorite thing is being with or talking with our daughter, family and friends. Also playing with Sophie, our Shih Tzu, walking in the Park and reading.

What other media do you enjoy besides acrylic and alcohol paints? I have enjoyed all mediums that I have worked with: alcohol inks, oil, acrylic and watercolor. Sometime I may try pastels.

What's your favorite color? Oh, this is a hard question. My favorite colors to decorate our home with are nature colors: brown, tan, gold, green and orange. My favorite colors to dress in are: blue, red, purple. My favorite colors to paint with are ANY colors I can get my hands on.

My paintings being me joy which I hope you experience also. It connects me with the Master Artist who creates all our beauty. To God be the glory.

Thank you for reading this month's Feature Artist article! Please enjoy the video below of Andrea working with alcohol inks and teacher others!

 

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September Featured Artist- Megan Zogg

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 Welcome back to the Eclectix Blog! Today's article is about this month's featured artist. This month's featured artist is Megan Zogg who is not only an amazing artist but is also the head of our Marketing Committee and the owner of Ceramicz and More in Coffeyville Kansas. Please enjoy her interview.

What is your favorite piece of yours and why?
I love my clay castle that I hand built. It has a whimsical and happily-ever-after feel to it! Also, I have never put 20 hours into a piece of art!

  "4th of July Explosion" Megan Zogg

"4th of July Explosion" Megan Zogg

How did you get started in Ceramics?
I had never tried to do anything artistic before my art appreciation class at ICC. Professor Janelle Null taught that class and before her, I never know that I had any talent at all. With her help and the additional instruction from Professor Michael DeRosa at CCC, I have found that I have quite a bit of potential!

What most inspires your art?
There is no real way to answer that question. It depends on my mood and surroundings. I find a lot of inspiration in nature but I am inspired by people as well. 

How do you decide what you're going to make? There are times that I will see something that makes a light bulb go off above my head, but usually I just start and see where it takes me!

Who is your favorite artist and why?
That would, without a doubt, be Edouard Manet. He was a brilliant artist but due to the French Salon in the 1800’s, he was rejected time and time again but that didn’t stop him from doing his art. He had total faith in himself and kept on doing his art until he was noticed!

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What is your favorite part about being a member of Eclectix Art Gallery? When I found out how this would work, my first honest thought was…there is no way this can work! So many different people and different points of view. But it works! We are one big family. And family is so important. I feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful group of talented people!

Why do you think it's important for Eclectix to be a part of Independence?
Usually you would have to travel to bigger cities to go to art galleries but how nice is it to have one in a small community? I think that it brings out the talent and shares it with, not just the residents in this small community but to the world!

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't making art? I am a wife and the mother of six children so needless to say, I enjoy spending my extra time with my family running our ceramic shop, CeramicZ n More, in Coffeyville.

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Trees by Megan Zogg

What other media do you enjoy besides clay? I love working with oil and acrylic paint as well. I am always up for any kind of art but clay and paint can occupy me for hours!

Megan will also be holding a grand opening of her Ceramicz and More store at their new location 619 S. Walnut St, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337 on Saturday October 14th 10am-5pm so be sure to stop by the shop and paint some ceramics!

You can also follow Ceramicz and More on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ceramicznmore/

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August Featured Artist: Lacy Franko

Welcome to the Eclectix blog! Each month we'll be featuring one of our artists. We will also be sharing information about our events and other news. This month's featured artist is Lacy Franko who is not only an amazing artist but is also our fearless Director! Please enjoy her interview.

 

What is your favorite piece of yours and why?

My favorite piece on display is Serenity. I love this piece because it expresses how colorful and hopeful life can be. I didn’t always find my existence to be so optimistic, but over the course of time I’ve found that there is always a new beginning, a fresh start, or a silver lining to every cloud.

How did you get started painting?

I just recently found my love of painting. I was enrolled at Independence Community College and took a Painting I class. That’s where I was mentored by Janelle Null, who pushed me to go beyond my boundaries, go outside my comfort zone, and push my limits. I also learned that constructive criticism can only make you grow as an artist. I’m still learning and growing, not only as an artist, but also as an individual.

 
  "Serenity" Lacy Franko

"Serenity" Lacy Franko

What most inspires your art?

Life! I am moved by current events, or the relationship of nature to our emotions. I am invoked mostly by emotions. I’ve been characterized as an empath, I’m charged with emotion by others. When someone feels, it radiates and I can’t help but feel things by it. I find myself provoked to express those feelings through art.

How do you decide what you're going to paint? Is it the same process for abstract paintings as it is for others?

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"Condiments" Lacy Franko

I don’t really decide what I’m going to create. I’m moved by something, a person, an act, or political discussion, and my subconscious pushes my vision forward. I may have a plan in mind, but very rarely does a piece end up how I initially started. Abstract paintings are different for me, I don’t plan them at all. I just let my paint tell me what it wants. I find abstract art hard to translate. It’s fluid, like water or emotion.

Who is your favorite artist and why?

I must choose only one? Dale Chihuly and Janet Fish are both hugely influential. Their use of color and composition excite my senses. I aspire to brighten others with visuals the way their art does for me.

What is your favorite part about being a member of Eclectix Art Gallery?

Being a member of Eclectix is like being adopted into a crazy, fun, caring, supportive, and loving family. The creativity is something I thrive off. Everyone is so different, and yet, we all work well together. My favorite part is being a part of something that will only grow with time. Each of us has an investment in each other and our future. That feeling, of family, that’s my favorite part.

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't making art?

Paperwork? No! Just kidding… I have a family. A husband and two kids. They are my favorite thing. Period. Art is my escape, like floating. My family is my heart. Doing things together, being weird, going on adventures, that’s my favorite thing in the world.

What other media do you enjoy besides acrylic paints?

Seriously?!? Anything I can get my hands on! I enjoy clay, pastels, paper mache, wire, water color, oils, charcoal, markers, crayons, assemblage, and so much more I can’t think of. There are a lot of things I haven’t tried yet though. But my next favorite is pastel drawing. It allows me to express in color, or romanticize a piece. I also enjoy the control I have with it.

What's your favorite color?

I don’t have a favorite. That would be like choosing a favorite child! I couldn’t do it.

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