TAG Art History Minis

July 6, 2022 | Today is Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s birthday (1907). Married to Diego Rivera, she worked successfully to develop her own style, inspired by the folk culture of Mexico. It wasn’t until the 1970s that her significance as an artist was recognized. Today, she is an icon for feminism and the LGBTQ+ movement.   #fridakahlo #femaleartist #mexicanartist#tappahannockartguild
Frida Kahlo
Jasper Johns
Today we celebrate the birth of Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577). Rubens maintained a workshop of students and assistants who participated in the creation of many of his works. In 1610, the workshop produced “The Elevation of the Cross,” commissioned by the Church of St. Walburga in Antwerp. Most likely, Rubens designed the piece and made sketches that his workshop would follow in executing the painting. The artist then came behind and made touch-ups where he deemed it necessary. This TAG member wishes he had a workshop of helpers.  #artistbirthday #rubens#tappahannockartistsguild
Peter Paul Rubens
Gustave Courbet
Paul Gauguin
George Braque
Diego Velázquez
Archibald MacNeal Willard
Laura Wheeler Waring
Marisol Escobar
Salvador Dali
Andy Warhol

TAG Exhibit | Catherine Kauffman

Women and Children: Moments in Time

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Catherine (Cate) Kauffman is a resident of the Northern Neck near Burgess. Growing up with an artistic Mother, it was natural for Cate to have a pencil or paintbrush in her hand. As a teenager she was selected along with a small group of her peers to study with the resident artists at the National Gallery of Fine Art and the National Portrait Gallery, and her love of portraiture evolved. She developed a great fondness for the compositions of Edgar Degas but loved the brushwork and palette of John Singer Sargent. She studied further at VCU, graduating from Radford College in Journalism. She is an accomplished painter also of still life, landscapes and paints en plein air.

Kauffman now teaches at the RAL Art Center in Kilmarnock and is a regular exhibitor there. She was in a two-artist show at the Stewart Gallery in May 2020. She has also had work featured in the Xanadu Art Gallery Catalog. Cate is a member of the Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America. She has recently begun accepting commissions for private collectors. Please see her website at http://ckauffman.faso.com.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

“When invited to present a one-artist show here, I was thrilled to be asked specifically to present a show of figurative work. I believe that art should have a purpose of telling a story, not necessarily just be a pretty picture on the wall – although if it can do both, all the better. Figurative work does this in a way that is unique as it humanizes history. It tells its own truth.”


As she reflects on the historical and possible future restrictions on women and children, she feels privileged to have the life she has had. Her paintings in this show are snapshots of her life, her children’s life and the lives of friends and their families, telling a story of our society and revealing a level of truth in a way she hopes viewers will relate to.


Artist and art show juror, Susan Fisher, will provide an oil painting blending and value change demonstration for sky and water at Tappahannock Artists’ Guild gallery, Saturday July 9 at 10 am. There is a powerful blending technique for creating gradation in sky and water that Susan will teach us.  She will discuss the way sky is generally darker at the top of the work and lighter near the horizon.  More importantly, she will show you a good way to control that change in hue and value so that you can make it your own. 


MEET THE JUROR

Susan M. Fisher
Art Painter, Artist, Teacher

With an impressionistic dance between sketch and realism, Susan M. Fisher paints dream images and realty. Focusing on the feeling of living, Susan creates many of her images from the mind’s eye, taking the viewer to places they have never been, but have likely felt. She has graciously agreed to serve as the Juror for the show.