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Category Archives: Fablous 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

Susan Grabel: Art that Explores the Human Dimension of Social Issues


Written on June 4, 2012 at 4:24 am, by

Venus In Proliferation

Susan Grabel’s recent retrospective at the Staten Island Art Museum offered an exhibition that recognized her 35 plus years of creating art with a social purpose, and brought together works representing the feminist critique of contemporary culture that has brought a larger meaning to her creative work her throughout her career.

Categories: Activist Art, Art Techniques, Beauty, Fablous Artists, Fabulous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Women Artists

Documenting the Feminist Art Movement


Written on October 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm, by

I’ve been thinking a lot about how the media is representing the Occupy Wall Street Movement (now worldwide), how new social networking media allows it to control its message, and how it compares with how past activist movements focused on positive social change have been represented, particularly those associated with the feminist art movement.

Categories: Activist Art, Fablous Artists, Feminist art

Two Artists Share A Painting A Day for 33 Days: Two of 33


Written on July 6, 2011 at 7:02 am, by

Welcome to day two in the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project of Alaskan artist Nikki Kinne and Wisconsin artist Helen Klebesadel. So far so good.

Categories: A Painting A day, Ability, art collaboration, Beauty, Fablous Artists, Inspiration, Teaching Art and Creativity, Watercolor, Women Artists

Two Artists Share A Painting A Day for 33 Days: One of 33


Written on July 5, 2011 at 4:33 am, by

Introducing the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project that Fairbanks artists Nikki Kinne and Helen Klebesadel agreed to undertake with an eye toward sharing simple playful paintings across the distance between Wisconsin and Alaska.

Categories: A Painting A day, Ability, art collaboration, Beauty, Fablous Artists, Teaching Art and Creativity, Watercolor, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists, Workshops and Classes

Breaking the Isolation of the Artist Studio Through Collaboration or Playing Nicely With Others


Written on July 4, 2011 at 4:25 am, by

I love nothing better than working in my art studio alone. I hunger for it. I work hard to protect my art time from other obligations. I can spend endless hours painting, creating, and seeking that place of flow that is timeless and thrilling. It is my favorite thing to do right up until it becomes lonely, oppressive, and isolating.

Categories: art and technology, art collaboration, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Spoonflower, Teaching Art and Creativity, Watercolor, Women Artists, Workshops and Classes

A Beauty Manifesto: Art As Resistance"


Written on June 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm, by

“The making of beauty and of art says that we are alive and we have this beauty within us.” Ann Schaffer, artist

Categories: Activist Art, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Inspiration, Political Art, Watercolor, Women Artists

Activist Art: Art That Works


Written on May 2, 2011 at 2:50 am, by

Activist art is, by definition, historically specific. It aims to address particular cultural, political and social concerns with a view to producing concrete social change. It is interesting to me as an artist and an educator how seldom we find an analysis of what makes effective activist art a part of what we teach and learn, especially since we need it now more than ever.

Categories: Activist Art, Artist Resources, Diversity, Fablous Artists, Feminist art, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Inspiration, Political Art, Teaching Art and Creativity, This and That, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Reclaiming the Bluebird of Happiness in Art and Action


Written on November 23, 2010 at 2:30 am, by

My watercolor painting, Bluebirds Love Sumac, was painted in celebration of the fall sumac and the restoration of bluebird habitat. I’m delighted the painting was chosen for the cover of the 2011 Dane County Cultural Commission Calendar.

Categories: Fablous Artists, Fabulous Artists, Fiber arts. Fabric design, Fundraising, Spoonflower, This and That, Uncategorized, Watercolor