Define the perfect person to design and present an art curriculum for children and you are describing Mary Walker-Baptiste. A lover of children, a dynamic experienced teacher, a creative, experimental and inspiring innovator and a nurturer of talent --that's our February Featured Artist!
Mary's parents were artists who surrounded their children with art and artwork. Her brother became an Imagineer for Disney, her sister is a musician and artist, and Mary became an elementary teacher whose classroom always reflected her Art minor, part of her degree from Saint Mary University, Kansas.
The paintings in Mary's show reflect her exploration of many mediums with a never-ending inquisitiveness into innovative presentations of her art, ranging from collage and Zentangles to watercolor interpretations of photographs from their extensive travels. Her numerous awards include ribbons from Pine Shores, Bergen County and a 2nd place in the Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit in 2015. Her works are in private collections in 25 states and abroad.
Mary joined Pine Shores about ten years ago and has made invaluable contributions while a member of the Executive Board. She is currently in charge of the Children's Art program at Pine Shores, which offers four program sessions each year. One of Mary's greatest pleasures is in watching her students grow and develop, both as artists and as individuals.
In addition to the Children's Program, Mary adapted an idea for a fundraiser to PSAA needs, and chairs the highly successful and constantly evolving Art Patron Show. She credits her talented poet husband Lou, a Trustee At Large on the Board, with much of the success of both programs.
Photos by Paul Hartelius
Note: During the month of March, Pine Shores Art Association presented a Memorial Show for Connie Purves as Artist of the Month.
The reception for this show (photos below) was on Saturday, March 11th
All photos by Paul Hartelius
The passing away of Connie Purves has left a hole in the heart of Pine Shores. For 15 years, Connie was an avid volunteer and constant participant in every aspect of our organization. As a leader, she served as President, Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. As a committee member she was always ready to participate on special committees in addition to the Gallery and Sunshine standing committees. As a teacher, she headed the Children's program for several years. And as a talented and innovative artist, she explored all mediums and won many awards.
Connie held a BA from Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey). Her professional career was spent in local schools as a music teacher and, later, in her own piano studio. She was a serious horsewoman and stabled her animal on the property where she and husband Charlie lived since 1970. Both were West Creek “ locals.”
The Memorial show will feature about 45 paintings highlighting her love of local landscapes, historic buildings and plein air settings. Always innovative and ready to accept new challenges, she received her art education in every medium from our instructors and Stan Sperlock. Family members are portrayed in pencil drawings. Among her numerous ribbons are two First Place awards in our Student shows, a Judges Choice in a Spring show and a First Place award in the Ocean County Senior show.
Connie's material legacy to Pine Shores is the donation of all of her art supplies, many of them new, which will be used in the Children's and Teens' classes and for beginning Pastel students. Her spiritual legacy is the example of warm friendship, the remembrance of calm, cool leadership and a smiling and willing presence in classes, committees and especially Do Your Own Thing.
We miss you. Connie.
About 45 family members and friends stopped by the Memorial Reception for Connie Purves on March 11th. Good food, wonderful artwork and loving memories were shared in a very moving tribute to one of Pine Shores' dearest.
I was fortunate to spend two years studying Sumi-e with respected artist Shoko Ohta when I was living in Tokyo with my husband Ken. Shoko Ohta is a third generation fine art painter and her ancestors were calligraphers to the Shogun from the Edo period. Her screens hang in the homes and yachts of people around the worId and she paints cards for UNESCO (the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture).
The class, organized by the Australian Embassy was with a group of two other Australian women who were in Tokyo with their husbands, and four Japanese women who had lived in Australia. We met every two weeks for full day classes. We all became very close and enjoyed getting dressed up to visit Ohto Sensei at the art shows she had in the department stores in The Ginza and in Tokyo hotels.
“Sumi' means black and “e” is the word for picture or painting, so Sumi-e simply means black painting. It is a 2,000-year-old art form of Japanese brush painting spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism.
Sumi-e's earliest practitioners were highly disciplined monks trained in the art of concentration, clarity and simplicity. It is a form of expressionistic art not simply to reproduce the appearance of the object but to capture it's spirit. It's easy to see how the Impressionists were influenced by this form of art. I wished I had learned it years ago.
The basic tools for Sumi-e are called “The Four Treasures” They are the brush, the grinding stone, the ink-stick and the paper. Yasutomo brand is available at the well-known art supply web sites.
The Haboku brush has a bamboo handle and the hairs are deer, horse, camel or goat. It is a very versatile brush. It tapers to a fine point so that artist can paint the finest lines, and the brush holds a large amount of water and can also paint strong wide strokes.
The grinding stone is used for making the ink. The flat area of the stone is called the land and the well is the sea. A small brass ladle is used to spoon water into the well ready for the ink-stick.
The ink stick is made of soot from pine combined with animal glue. The ink is made by grinding the ink stick on the stone in a circular motion. The artists use the time of grinding the ink for meditating, collecting their thoughts, warming up their arm and hand muscles to prepare themselves spiritually for painting. The grinding takes five to fifteen minutes. This process really
does take me to a place of calm and relaxation and ready to start painting.
Paper recommended for practice for students is a Kozo rice paper roll.
You should feel the beauty of your subject in your soul and let the feeling flow naturally down your arm, through your fingers to the tip of your brush and onto the page.
Bamboo Summer symbol of endurance and flexibility
Chrysanthemum Fall symbol of strength and perseverance
Plum Blossom Winter the first flower to break the Winter's hold;
National Flower symbol of the joy of renewal and promise of life
Wild Orchid Spring symbol of the bright promise of beauty
Other subjects painted are flowers and birds, animals and, with experience, landscapes and people.
Asian artists learn to paint by copying the Old Masters painting stroke by stroke. Only after years of copying is an artist encouraged to create his own compositions. Sumi-e artists paint from memory and never paint enplein air. My friends in Tokyo were very into personification and being one with nature.
I will always be grateful for the happy times I spent in Japan and the experience of learning Sumi-e.
Narrative by Glenys Baulderstone
Text and pictures by Paul Hartelius
MARCH 15, 2017
A few photos of what goes on at Pine Shores Outreach Program (POP) Command Post (was really a training session for April & May art programs for volunteers at area nursing homes)! Training was led by Jill DeFelice and Charleen Leslie.
Photos and text by Paul Hartelius
St. Mary's Fundraiser Show - Aug 26, 2017
This was not a PSAA function, but most of the participants are Pine Shores Art members.
Below, photos (by Paul Hartelius):
PSAA President Kathy Crocker, Jill DeFelice; Karen Kolb, Linda Saladino
...then Carol Nace with Susan Budnik, Mike Amato, Willy Mueller
Lois Hume of Surf City, NJ passed away on May 13th. She was a great artist and had been president of PSAA. She had lots of important friends who helped make Pine Shores Art a valid organization.
The service for Lois was held at the Surf City Fire Hall on June 25th. You can read her obituary here.
Paintings by Lois Hume
Congratulations PSAA artists - Lisa Budd, Suzi Hoffman, Linda Ramsay, Jill DeFelice - each has artwork featured on the walls of the new Atlanticare facility in Manahawkin for the Healing Arts program. They are pictured here along with other artists of the area. Far right (first row) is Lori Herndon, President and Ceo of Atlanticare and far left (first row) is Margaret Belfield, Excecutive Vice President and COO of Atlanticare.