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September 2017 Presenter: Patricia Steele Raible

If you are interested in attending the October 6-7th workshop -Building A Painting- with mixed media abstract artist Patricia Steele Raible, you should plan to attending the first League Meeting on September 18th. Patricia’s demonstration at that meeting will focus on the techniques necessary to prepare the deep wood panels prior to the workshop. Patricia uses joint compound and gypsum to build the substrates and tactile textures in her work which have a longer drying time than a two day workshop will allow. She will be demonstrating the first part of her process at the September meeting to give attendees time to prepare and dry their own panels prior to the workshop. Using kitchen objects, hardware store “tools,” and “found” items she will demonstrate techniques for creating archival textures with both gesso and gypsum that can be used on paper, canvas, and board. For those not able to attend the meeting but wanting to do the workshop, Patricia will have a video of the preparation process.

Patricia will be conducting our first workshop on October 6 and 7. See more about the workshop by clicking HERE.

Bio of Patricia Steele Raible Patricia was in her twenties before she took her first art class, an elective that she had been told would be an easy “A.” But it was in that class that she became entranced with art. Though ultimately she completed two writing degrees, she continued to take classes while pursuing a career and raising a family. Then a retrospective of the late collage artist Romare Bearden ignited her passion once again. Her first artwork combined paper, fabric, and sewing as line, but the love of paint and texture drew her to more solid surfaces. While she occasionally still works on paper and canvas, her favorite substrate is deep wood panels, where she constructs multi-layered, textured abstracts by adding to or subtracting from the surface. Words continue to be important to Patricia and are often found in pages torn from old books or in tiny fragments hidden beneath multiple layers of paint. She uses expressive and familiar colors, those often found in nature. Patricia’s work has been shown in galleries, corporate institutions, and national publications, and are held are held in numerous personal collections. She is an alumnus of the McColl Center for Visual Arts and is represented by Fine Art at Baxter’s in New Bern, NC. She lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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