As part of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS) show in Warren - scheduled to begin next Saturday, Oct. 5 - show participant and PWS member Karen Frattali will offer a watercolor class to the public.
The class, being held in conjunction with the Warren Forest Higher Education Council, will be held at the Warren County Career Center at 347 E. Fifth Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-4.
Hi Ed "sees this as an opportunity to join with the Crary and combine events," said Donna Smith, Hi Ed program manager. "It brings two opportunities to the community to experience the beauty of the art world right here in Warren. We did this with the Crary a few years ago and felt that it was a great success. We are grateful to have a place like the Crary locally that brings these wonderful artists to us."
Frattali, a longtime resident of Chester County Pennsylvania, has been a part of the painting community for more than 20 years, according to her biography. Primarily a watercolorist, she dabbles in other media. Frattali received her early classical training from Philadelphia College of Art. Over the years, she has participated in international workshops with well known painters.
"After this much time, it is more about the art experience and less about the art school," Frattali said.
She has painted and photographed in many global locations which are captured in her work in contemporary realism. Her style is colorful and bold with attention to detail. Karen maintains numerous affiliations in a vast art community. Among them: National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and Philadelphia Watercolor Society. She has been juried into numerous national and international exhibitions. She routinely teaches workshops in watercolor and other media. She has received recognition and awards in the competitive arena and her work hangs in private and corporate collections. She is a board member of the PWS, responsible for the cache of awards that will be presented at the show on Oct. 5.
During the past year, she has shown work at the Philadelphia Watercolor Society 2012 International Juried Exhibition, the Keystone National 2012 in Mechanicsburg, the Louisiana Watercolor Society National 2013, the Lancaster County National 2013 Exhibition and the Philadelphia 2013 Member Show.
Frattali is looking forward to showing her work at the Crary, and to teaching the watercolor class. Although she is new to Warren, she is very excited to come this fall.
Frattali was asked to teach the workshop because she has unique combination of teaching certification and fine artist which helps her communicate the art form effectively to workshop participants.
She has taught all over the middle Atlantic region.
"I can confidently teach a class that is composed of beginners through advanced painters without difficulty," Frattali explained. "This workshop would be good for young people and older age groups as well. I have had adult classes which have also included middle and high schoolers. The only prerequisite is an avid interest in art."
Watercolor "has long been the one that everyone fears because it was labeled 'unforgiving'," Frattali said. "I can dispel those fears. My style has evolved over the decades and I am now known for boldly colorful realism and the genre that is getting the most attention currently is my still life series with reflexives, and geometric, colorful fabric. My goal when I began to create these was to blend abstraction within a realistic composition. When I teach these workshops, I concentrate on the chemistry of the colors and how they work together to create paintings with luminous, high saturation colors. When participants leave, they know how to accomplish this as well. We also learn how to correct problems which takes the stress out of the process."
Frattali's work is far-reaching. Since she has sold paintings since the late 1980s in southeast Pennsylvania, her work is now all over the country.
"My latest sale was to a couple in Texas who saw it in Southwest Art Magazine this summer. My current competition painting is in the Philadelphia Watercolor Society International which will be awarded on the same day as the PWS reception.
"We are sponsoring the class because it is a unique experience for our patrons," Smith explained. "They can combine experiences. Karen's artwork is breathtaking to behold. It will be an immersion for our students they can be both spectators and participants in these events. Karen can also leave a little piece of her here with our painters. They will learn from her and that will add something to our local art culture. We chose Karen because of her talent and her willingness to participate. We are so pleased that she would share her time and talent with Warren."
To sign up for the class, call Hi Ed at 723-3222. Cost will be $159.