Jeff Kern demonstrates techniques for Manchester Art Association
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Thu., Sep. 26, 2013
The Manchester Art Association invited artist Jeff Kern to give a demonstration of his professional oil painting techniques on Sept. 18 at The Arbors on West Center Street. Kern, an oil painter from western Massachusetts, has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., and he has been painting natural scenery for more than 25 years. A private teacher for the past 15 years, Kern has been featured in Yankee Magazine and has won several awards for his talents, including the Robb Sagendorph award.
Kern said he would be open to questions as he went along with his demonstration, but the spectators barely made a sound as they watched him work. “Canvas boards are already sealed for oils,” said Kern. “I mainly use medium-density fiber board panels for my oil paintings. I like to mix colors so they are unique.” As the artist began to paint a water scene, he offered advice on what types of paints and brushes he used and talked about lighting and types of brush strokes.
“I came to learn something from Jeff Kern,” said Joyce Erickson. “I want to become more involved with my art and meet other artists doing what they love! It is inspiring and motivating to be here tonight.”
Carol Gimbrone is the president of the Manchester Art Association. “We are very pleased to have Mr. Kerns with us tonight,” said Gimbrone. “We try to keep our meetings interesting and enjoyable for all members. Tonight we have a full house. We would love to have more people join our club. It’s a great time for everyone.”
Betty Rousseau is a member of the Manchester Art Association. “I am an artist myself,” said Rousseau, noting that she has artwork displayed at the town hall. "I am interested in getting a new prospective on oil painting, and I am really enjoying myself,” she said of the program.
The Association meets once a month. The next meeting will be Oct. 16 in the auditorium of The Arbors, at 403 West Center St., in Manchester. Light refreshments are served and all are welcome. William McCarthy will be the guest demonstrator, as he teaches how to use imagination and memory to create a unique painting.
To become a member of the Manchester Art Association, go online to www.manchesterart.org/pages/homeframes.html.