"Something Old- Something New Eclectic Blends"
Exhibibion dates: Sept 1- Oct 15
Opening Reception: September 1, 5-7 pm
Free and open to the public
This exhibition is sponsered by GAEDA , Ralph & Evelyn Sisco
Other than being a mixed-media aficionado, Penny Abraham is possibly best known for her role as the former Art Educator at Alexandria Country Day School, a position she held for nearly twenty years. Currently the Art Educator at Louisiana Special Education Center, Abraham continues to serve as an advocate for the arts, her craft and the art community a whole, instructing accomplished minds of all ages including those of our impressionable youth. She has served as a mentor artist for River Oaks’ Annual Van Gogh Gala on numerous occasions, challenging each of her students to find his or her ‘inner artist”.
Mixed media assemblages composed of acrylics, watercolors, inks, gold leaf, clay, glass, metal, wood, found objects, vintage jewelry and recyclables, are her specialty. “Not being confined to one medium allows my inner artist’s voice to guide me in the creative process,” says Abraham. “I find inspiration in the color and patterns of the work of Matisse and Nevelson’s assemblages of wood, finials and spindles.”
Penny’s work is prominently displayed in numerous private and public collections throughout Louisiana, with her work also being recognized on a national level. She is frequently commissioned to create unique pieces of art, such as the ornament representing the Louisiana 5th Congressional District for the White House Christmas tree in 2008. Her exhibition entitled “Something Old – Something New: Eclectic Blends” is paired with an exclusive Mixed Media Workshop, which will take place on October 7 from 10:30am-4:30pm. (Limited availability)
Under Abraham’s expert tutelage, students will create a mixed media assemblage on an old door or found wooden board, using interesting lines within the found piece to embellish its’ character and charm. Works will be decorated with a variety of additional wooden shapes, layered with paint and adorned with pieces like broken jewelry, beads, wire, glass etc. A perfect setting for shabby- chic lovers or to commemorate treasured items into a masterpiece.