Crooked Tree Art Center Lecture Series


The Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, hosts a lecture series with a variety of topics featured. Below are 2019 lectures: check back to see if a 2020 schedule will include live or video sessions.

June 7 American Impressionist Society: Dual Demo with Camille Przewodek & James Richards Camille has been a regularly featured, on-stage demonstrator at Plein Air Magazine’s Annual Plein Air Convention, and has taught the Hensche-Hawthorne approach to seeing and painting color in classes at American Artist Magazine's Weekend with the Masters, at her home studio in Petaluma, California, and at workshops across the U.S. Her paintings’ successful capture of natural light effects has been featured in numerous books, magazines, and national ad campaigns for clients Alfa Romeo, Target, and Loews Hotels.

James Richards (AIS) is an American Impressionist painter who specializes in oils. He was born and raised in rural Georgia and spent the days of his youth exploring the farms, fields, and forests of his hometown. Driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible, he began painting at a very young age; by the time he was a young adult living in Athens, Georgia, he had already won numerous awards for his pieces.

A Signature Member of AIS, James is a four-time award winner in the American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition, being awarded Best of Show in 2015 for his painting “Little Chicks,” and third place in 2016 for “Garden of Delight.” James has spent years studying the nuances of paint and developing a keen sense of understanding and control over the medium. He is now regarded as one of the top oil painters and instructors in the country. He considers teaching and sharing his knowledge to be his primary purpose and true calling as an artist. He is a highly sought-after teacher around the world, conducting workshops across the U.S. and Europe. His mentoring program has a year-long wait list.

June 8 American Impressionist Society: Group Panel Discussion A lively conversation that will include topics ranging from "what is Impressionism?", to marketing, general advice, and insight into each panel member's individual journey as an artist. Panelists will include AIS Master Camille Przewodek and AIS Signature members Elizabeth Pollie, James Richards, and Kevin Barton. Debra Joy Groesser, AIS CEO/President, will be the moderator.

June 11 Coffee @ Ten: Impressionism: Capturing the Fleeting Moment with Kaleigh James Beginning with Monet, the Impressionists were a daring group of modernists who sought to undo the traditional salon elements of painting in an attempt to find a stylistic language to express the rapid pace of modern life in turn-of-the-century Paris. Beginning in the 1870s, these painters worked in one another's studios, exhibited together, authored a group manifesto, and collected one another's paintings. Not only have they gifted us some of the most recognizable and beloved works in history, they forged the beginnings of the art market as we know it today. We'll discuss the tenants of the movement, favorite works, and the American painters who worked alongside their French counterparts.

Kaleigh James is a practicing art educator and administrator living in Northern Michigan. Currently an Assistant Director of Academy Admission at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kaleigh holds both an MA (Wayne State University) and BA (University of Michigan) in art history, with a focus on 19th century French painting. A former Parisian and author of published theses on the series paintings both Monet and Cézanne, Kaleigh is a passionate lecturer and looks forward to a lively discussion on one of her favorite subjects - Impressionism!

June 25 Coffee @ Ten: DART for ART Featured Artist, Elizabeth "Dilly" Blair Kirby of Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls As an artist, pearls have always intrigued Harbor Springs Jewelry designer Elizabeth Blair Kirby, AKA "Dilly". A degree in Design from University of California at Los Angeles, where she studied fine art and design with an emphasis on photography, fashion, interior design, and painting, led the way for pearls becoming the primary focus for her over 35-year career. Initially committed to designing pearl jewelry for daywear in the 1980s to combat the stigmatism that pearls were too old fashion or too dressy when laden with clusters of diamonds, à la Harry Winston, Dilly created her own 18kt yellow gold and Australian South Sea Pearl collection sold exclusively through Neiman Marcus Precious Jewels Salons.

In 2007, Dilly opened her specialty pearl salon in Harbor Springs, allowing her to interact with customers one-on-one. This personal touch created a winning environment where new ideas and desires could be combined to great outcomes in both custom design and one-of-a-kind award-winning pieces. Inspired by the lustrous orbs, Dilly brings the pearls to life by adding gold, precious gems, and sometimes whimsical finds. She is known for her bee, flower, fruit, butterfly, and bird motifs, as well as her Michigan wildlife series. Dilly’s designs have been recognized with eight awards from the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s Annual International Pearl Design contest dating back to 2011.

July 23 Coffee @ Ten: Local Pianist, Tawyna Morse: The Impressionist Movement in Music Tawnya pursued her early musical training in southeastern France and later received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Bob Jones University. Upon conferral of her degree, she moved to Harbor Springs, where she currently works as a personal banker. Tawnya enjoys performing and studying French musical works, particularly those of the Impressionists. Other research interests include the Second World War, Medieval government, and the creation of nation-states. When not studying music, she enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family, many of whom also reside in Harbor Springs. This fall, she intends to pursue further study in musicology at Indiana University.

July 10 Coffee @ Ten: Plein Air Painting with Elizabeth Pollie, AIS Small Works Showcase & Paint Grand Traverse Artist

August 6 The Impressionists' Passion for Fashion with Dr. Gloria Groom Drawing from the research for an exhibition about Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity (2012-2013), Dr. Gloria Groom will explore why and how painters in the late 19th century, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, and Édouard Manet, embraced fashion trends as they sought to capture modern life on canvas. In a time of rapid change, fashion was the embodiment of all that was ephemeral, changing, and therefore exciting and appealing for the vanguard. “The latest fashion, you see,” said Manet, “is absolutely necessary for a painter. It’s what matters most.” Gloria will look at how the avant-garde Impressionists and their circle “fashioned” their models who were many times both muse and mistress, for wider artistic goals.

August 20 Coffee @ Ten: Celebrating the Garden: Narrative Painting and Ecology with Good Hart Artist in Residence, Emma Steinkraus Artist Emma Steinkraus has always been interested in depictions of nature. Her paintings and installations often feature plants and animals. Her current passion is for the historical contributions women have made to botanical art and scientific illustration. As a Good Hart artist-in-residence, Steinkraus is creating a large installation that highlights work by almost a hundred different female artist-naturalists who worked before the 20th century. Join her for an artist talk about the development of her work, her interest in ecology, and the often overlooked contributions women artists have made to natural history.
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