Steubenville Art association workshop, demonstration set

STEUBENVILLE — Kathleen Zimbicki will be the featured artist demonstrator for the Steubenville Art Association at the Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center located at 120 S. Third St. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 21.

Known for her “playful, whimsical work,” Zimbicki will be broadening the use of watermedia by introducing several techniques, including scrubbing-out, resist and masking. The workshop is open to beginners and advanced watercolorists.

Participants should bring any watermedia tubes and watercolor paper they are comfortable using; old paintings to rework; brushes; old toothbrushes; scraping materials, such as a comb or angled brush handle; masking or painter’s tape or car-detailing tape; and rubber-cement.

Zimbicki also will introduce sample works by famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, showing his influence on some playful design techniques.

The workshop is $40 for the day for members or nonmembers. Contact Gina Judy at (740) 282-7908 to register.

Zimbicki is the selected juror of awards for this year’s Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Show, “Waterworks,” to be held March 31 through April 22 at Spinning Plate Gallery in Pittsburgh.

A gallery founder, artist, arts advocate, and teacher, she has devoted half a century to creating and promoting art. Her formal training came from watercolorist Joseph Shepler and the important painter Henry Koerner, but her love is experimenting with subject, medium, and scale.

She was the only living Pittsburgh watercolorist exhibited in the Southwest Allegheny Museum’s 1995 “American Masters of Watercolor: A 100-Year Survey.”

The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts selected her for its first lifetime achievement award in 2006. A PCA “Master Visual Artist,” many know her from her art gallery, Studio Z. As a teacher she has attracted a following of beginner and advanced artists, from children to seniors. As a leader, she has been instrumental for a score of arts agencies, serving on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Chartiers Valley Arts Council, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Three Rivers Art Festival and Anthemion Creative Arts.

SAA member Kim Hohlmayer of Wintersville will be the 7 p.m. meeting speaker. She will provide a history of American architecture using Jefferson County buildings as part of a Power Point presentation.

The computer aspects are prepared by her assisting son, SAA member Dow Hohlmayer.

She was trained in general art courses, especially ceramics and pottery, at Wright State University in Fairborn. She also took classes in life-drawing, sculpture and watercolor at the Springfield Museum of Art and taught classes in the history of American architecture and on designing and building miniature buildings for children at the Springfield Museum of Art and the Rosewood Art Center in Kettering. An accomplished “Zentangle” artist, she designed an educational booklet which was distributed to all the schools for “Preservation-Dayton.” It was used as a way to incorporate the history of buildings into the classroom.