Artist Charles Murphy at the Old Art Building in Leland

Meet the artist and view a mixed media presentation of a lifetime collection of original artwork in oils and watercolor.  The exhibit continues Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 to 4 pm. 

The Artist in Residence program will consist of two all day intensive workshops designed to engage the student watercolorist in a wide variety of watercolor applications.  Registration is required with a $25 fee on June 24 (class filled) and August 9.

Charles will also give a presentation on the history and development of the watercolor medium on July 12 from 1 to 4 pm.  The paint and its behavioral properties will be clearly laid out.  Paired with this discussion will be active demonstrations to illustrate the examples.  A suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door, no registration required.

Working in watercolor and oil media, Charles Murphy has been painting and exhibiting throughout the region for the past 33 years.  His work features landscape and seascape, social commentary, humor, or even pure abstraction.  Charles graduated from Minnesota State University with his BFA in Studio Art in 1974.  He has illustrated three children’s books, “Reach for the Moon” in 1994, “Smokey the Raccoon” in 1999 and “Where is Bobbi?” in 2009.  Charles is a member of the ISEA and currently has work in the 142nd Annual International Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.  He teaches painting at the Grand Traverse Art Center and was named Art Educator of the Year in 2003 by the Traverse Area Arts Council.  He has taught at many art centers around the country and excursions to France, Spain, Italy, Nova Scotia and the Caribbean have provided this talented artist with a variety of subjects.  

For more information: 231-256-2131, oldartbuilding.com 

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