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Contact: Sean Denniston, 530-242-3445
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce a plein air painting demonstration by current Artist-in-Residence Carla Crawford.Join Ms. Crawford at Brandy Creek Beach and learn to see Whiskeytown in new ways through art.The demonstration will be held on Thursday August 7 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Brandy Creek Beach (near the lifeguard stand).Participants are encouraged to bring a beach chair to the event.
Carla Crawford graduated with degrees in Art Studio and Italian from the University of California, Davis, where she studied under the painters David Hollowell and Wayne Thiebaud.While at the University of California, she spent a year in exchange at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy and an additional year studying at the Institute of Architecture in Venice.After graduating in Italy, she remained in the country for six months teaching art and art history and making master copies at the country's national museums.She returned to California to pursue a graduate degree in Art Education at San Francisco State University and taught art in public schools for three years while studying at the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Oakland.Deciding to devote her full time efforts to drawing and painting in the classical tradition, Carla moved to New York to undertake a 3 year course of study in anatomy, portraiture and classical painting at the Grand Central Academy of Art and spent an additional year studying in the director, Jacob Collins' private studio.From 2012-13 Carla spent the year in Spain studying the Spanish painters and making master copies at the Prado Museum.
She has been an artist-in-residence at the School of the Arts in San Francisco and at the Hudson River Landscape Fellowship and received the Alfred Ross and Art Renewal Center Grants for Artistic Excellence.She co-curated the Giorgio Morandi and Wayne Thiebaud show at the Morandi Museum in Bologna, Italy.Her work is exhibited in galleries across the country and the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in California.She teaches painting and drawing both in the graduate and undergraduate departments at the San Francisco Academy of Art University.She lives with her husband in Oakland, California.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area's Artist in Residence Program invites professional artists to spend quality time exploring the natural and cultural landscapes of the park. Through the assistance of the Friends of Whiskeytown and the National Park Service, the artists usually produce several paintings during their visit and donate one of their works to the park's art collection.
Brandy Creek Beach is located off of J.F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, approximately 5 miles from the visitor center on Highway 299.This event is free to attend, however vehicles must still display a valid day-use pass.
For more information about the Whiskeytown Artist-in-Residence program or this event please contact Sean Denniston at (530) 242-3445.For more information about Whiskeytown, please call or stop by the Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, or call (530) 246-1225.You can also visit the park on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/WhiskeytownNationalRecreationArea