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Date/Time: Thursday, July15,  7:00PM, MST

Open to participants in TAG’s Speaker Series

Speaker’s name:  Cheryl Berech, Figure and Portrait Painter

Speaker’s website: www.cherylberech.com


Throughout her life as an artist and teacher in Africa, Europe, and the United States, Cheryl Berech has been impressed by the amazing ability of people to persist in the face of tremendous adversity, and the commonality of their hopes and fears. Her realistic, contemplative paintings depict figures in a symbolic relationship to their environment that invites speculation about the nature of that relationship and the internal and external conflicts that it might imply. Social issues and their impact on individuals play a key role in her art. Cheryl paints in oil, weaving a subtle tapestry of color, played against strong contrasts of light and shadow.

Originally from Phoenix, she studied art at Arizona State University and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Currently she teaches at the Mesa Arts Center.   Her work is in private and public collections around the world.

Title of presentation:  Creating Art from Historic Images

Description of presentation:  This talk will prepare TAG artists to submit work for the Tempe History Museum’s winter exhibition entitled, “TAG Celebrates Our Town’s History.”  Using historic images selected from the THM’s archives, Cheryl will offer techniques and strategies for transforming them into vibrant, engaging artworks.   From image selection, to transferring lines to a canvas, to selecting color values, this presentation will apply to all mediums.  It will be a wonderful way to jump-start producing works to submit for the upcoming exhibition.



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