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Teaching Watercolor Makes Me a Better Artist


Written on June 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm, by

I just finished a wonderful four-day watercolor intensive. It was preceded by a month-long once a week nature journaling class offered at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum.  Both were wonderful experiences for me as the guide and facilitator.  I argue that its always better to learn from someone who loves what they are teaching, especially  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Career Development, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Creativity, Exhibition, Fabulous Artists, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Workshops and Classes

Cloud Studies: Drawing On Nature for Balance


Written on September 5, 2016 at 5:00 am, by

I have been painting clouds lately.   I have been looking at beautiful August and September clouds, trying to capture the awesome power and uplift of  spirit I experience simply for observing the sky vistas afforded to me living in Wisconsin.  Whether driving or riding in a car, or walking my dog or simply stopping to  Continue Reading »

Categories: Art Techniques, Biographical, Creaivity Coaching, Promotional Materials, Social networking, Teaching Art and Creativity, This and That, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Wisconsin Arts, Workshops and Classes

Spring Art Classes Follow April Flowers


Written on April 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm, by

Open Studio Time ! If you are in Madison on May 1, please plan to stop by my studio at 2017 Jenifer Street between 11:00 -5:00 and see what I am up to.  I will be participating in the 6th Annual Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk. It is an annual self-guided art walk through our wonderful  Continue Reading »

Categories: art based activism, art collaboration, Art Techniques, art-science collaboration, Artist Resources, arts based environmentalism, Biographical, Career Development, climate change, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Creativity, Creativity Coaching, environmental art, Exhibition, Inspiration, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor activism, Workshops and Classes

Carew, Klebesadel, and Torres share their art at the Opera House Art Gallery Sept. 6th


Written on August 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm, by

Join us for an exhibition of Recent Artworks by Kelty Crew, Helen Klebesadel, and Danny Torres at the Opera House Art Gallery Second Floor at 115 East Main Street, Mt Horeb, Wisconsin (No Elevator) Hosted by Nancy Howard, owner September 6-November 3, 2014 Opening Reception:  Saturday, September 6, 2:30-5:00 VERY brief artists talks 3:00    Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, art collaboration, Beauty, Biographical, Creative Play, environmental art, Fabulous Artists, Feminist art, Inspiration, Watercolor, Wisconsin Arts

The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be”, April 15- May 11, 2014


Written on April 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm, by

  An exhibition The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be” is currently on display at the Lakeside Coffee House at 402 W Lakeside Street in Madison, WI until May 11, 2014.  This is a wonderful exhibition of non-traditional fiber works that have grown out of  weekly sewing sessions  session focused on  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Biographical, Creative Play, Fabulous Artists, Fiber arts. Fabric design, This and That, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Memory Cloths: Leslee Nelson


Written on February 3, 2014 at 12:28 am, by

Artist Leslee Nelson creates Memory Cloths using the creative process to reflect on her life and makes art from her memories. In December 2005 Leslee Nelson  saw an exhibit, The Art of War, which included Memory Cloths from South Africa. These brightly colored fabrics had embroidered images from the maker’s memory. Accompanying them were narrative  Continue Reading »

Categories: art collaboration, Art Techniques, arts leadership, Beauty, Biographical, Fabulous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Join in the Women’s Caucus for Art Conference in Chicago


Written on January 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm, by

I just registered for ‘Balance’ the Women’s Caucus for Art national conference in Chicago this February 12-15, 2014.  Early bird registration for the conference ends this Monday, January 6th, but you can continue to register for the conference through February 7th.  The WSC Conference parallels the College Art Association Conference, which offers its early bird  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, Activist Art, arts leadership, Biographical, Career Development, Diversity, Fabulous Artists, Feminist art, Fundraising, Political Art, Social networking, This and That, Women Artists

Jean Towgood: A Memorial Exhibition


Written on November 20, 2013 at 12:02 am, by

“I am exploring a painterly myth for myself to explain the power of what I see and feel. Nature is a mystery- volcanic activity hidden from view by steam and the earth’s crust. To know the earth through the senses is to experience it sensually and intimately. Death took Jean Towgood, Huntington Beach artist and women’s  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, Activist Art, art collaboration, Beauty, Biographical, Diversity, environmental art, Fabulous Artists, Feminist art, Gesture painting, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Women Artists

The ‘Wright’ place to learn the art of watercolor


Written on July 6, 2012 at 3:05 am, by

Study of Jamie's Dahlia, 8x11, watercolor, ©2012 Helen Klebesadel

I am just back from an enjoyable weekend teaching my workshop, Watercolor: a Fresh Start, at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed  Wyoming Valley School Cultural Art Center to a wonderful group of creative learners.  The WVS is just 40 miles west of Madison and six miles from Spring Green, Wisconsin in the heart of the Wisconsin River  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, art and technology, Biographical, Creative Play, Fablous Artists, Teaching Art and Creativity, Watercolor, Wisconsin Arts, Workshops and Classes

Painting 'Plein Air' Watercolors and Creating Visual Memories


Written on December 26, 2011 at 2:34 am, by

Why plein air (open air) paint? If you have never taken the time to sit and stare at where a ridge meets the sky or how a branch attaches to the trunk of a tree, or how a hillside reflects in a lake, I encourage you to put all fear aside and go for it. If you do you could discover that the experience of careful observation is satisfying in itself and that it is aided by trying to record it as a visual memory.

Categories: A Painting A day, art collaboration, Beauty, Biographical, Creative Play, Fabulous Artists, Inspiration, Plein air Painting, Watercolor