Art and Writing Workshops with Susan Brown and Patrice Pinette
The following workshops are inspired by the art of Susan Prince Thompson. Susan’s delight in things visual, tactile and verbal weaves throughout her works and words.
Writing activities will offer opportunities for collaborative wordplay as well as for deepening individual work. Two and three-dimensional art will incorporate many of the materials Susan Thompson used. Art and writing will honor multi-cultural sources and feature surprising new connections.
I think there is great mystery and power in the life of objects. ~ Susan Prince Thompson
Mysterious Life of Objects I – Still life and surreal life: Observing and reflecting on objects, we will see what is there and what is not! Writing and drawing activities will intensify our ways of looking out and gazing within.
9:00-12:00 Saturday, June 17
Flying Carpets – Encouraged by the fantastical landscapes of Susan Thompson, we will explore wishes, dreams and journeys. Paper bag tapestries/collage will become vehicles of imagination.
9:00-12:00 Friday, June 30
The Mysterious Life of Objects II – Through memory and observation, we will explore the essential nature of objects. Transforming the book as object, “book boxes” will hold more than verbal treasures!
9:00-12:00 Saturday, July 15
Elemental: The Magic of Mingling – Blurring the boundaries between our senses, sensibilities and identities, we will create collaborative collages exploring the life-giving energies that arise between opposites: fire and water, earth and air, dark and light, despair and hope.
9:00-12:00 Wednesday, July 26
Letting Light In – Adding and subtracting techniques in the process of writing poetry and painting/drawing with oil pastels: moving from layers to erasures and from density to white spaces, we will explore the power of contrast.
9:00-12:00 Saturday, August 12
From Trash to Treasure – Transforming found objects and composing found poems, we will reanimate that which outlived its prior purpose giving old texts and textiles another lease on life!
9:00-12:00 Wednesday, August 23
Workshop fee: $60.00 Materials fee: $10.00 / Register at Mariposa Museum 603-924-4555
Susan Brown is an American contemporary painter known for her inspired abstract work that evokes the natural landscape and human forms. While Brown works from her impressions of the natural world, she also draws upon pillars of art history—such as ancient works by Buddhist and Indian artists in the East, and from Western contemporary masters Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko. Brown uses richly layered color creating dimensional luminosity or flat opaqueness, often with both expressions used in the same work.
Brown spent her early years traveling in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe—painting, sailing and absorbing other cultures. Earning her BA from Vermont College, with a concentration in painting, Brown is an artist and author. Her work has culminated as private exhibitions of paintings, and as public site-specific art, in museums, galleries, civic and government spaces—both indoors and out in solo and group shows, since 1990.
In 2010 Brown was awarded three grants from the Maine Arts Commission: totaling $119,000. Most Notably: WaterFlows, a large-scale exterior steel and resin sculpture placed adjacent to the quad at Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor ME. She also was finalist for two other percent for art commissions: 2010 for University Commons, UMaine Portland ME; and 2009, Geiger Elementary, Lewiston, ME.
Brown lives and works in Lyndeborough NH, with her husband, Aaron Brown.