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GLAF Offering Young Artists Workshop In July

Jun. 21, 2012

The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) will again offer its Young Artists Workshop open to youth entering 7th grade through graduating high school seniors. The camp is again under the instruction of Laura Stutzman, illustrator and graphic designer.

This is Stutzman’s 14th year to teach the visual arts workshop, designed for students with a desire to learn more about drawing and painting.

“The level of study is both ambitious and challenging with opportunities to try advanced mediums, work collaboratively, and raise their level of skill,” said Mary Callis, executive director of GLAF. “Exercises in scaling art, life drawing, and color theory round out a week of discovery and camaraderie, with a bonus of well-earned confidence for students to take away.”

The week will culminate in an evening show on Friday, open to the public.

Stutzman is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree in visual communications. Her career began with the Pittsburgh Press in its promotion department, followed by a move to Washington, D.C., where she worked in advertising as an illustrator and designer.

In 1982, Laura co-founded Eloqui, a local illustration company she shares with her husband Mark. She has been a freelance illustrator since the founding of the company, which is headquartered in Mtn. Lake Park

“She is best known for her confident, painterly style that shows uniquely in today’s market,” Callis said. “With a blend of traditional approach and contemporary imagery, Laura’s paintings have adorned numerous magazines, posters, books, and annual reports.”

Stutzman regularly takes on private portrait commissions as well, when time permits.

“The roots of my approach to painting is seeded in the Golden Age of illustration and impressionist from the turn of the century,” Stutzman said. “Impressionists Sargent and Hassam, along with the narrative sensibilities of illustrators Dean Cornwell and N.C. Wyeth, inspire my desire to paint.”

The registration fee for the workshop is $125, which includes instruction, the cost of materials, and lunch, which is provided by the Garrett County Board of Education at the Laker Café.

For more information about the GLAF Young Artists’ Workshop, persons may visit the GLAF web site artsandentertainment.org or call the GLAF office at 301-387-3082.

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