HAL HAMDEN ART LEAGUE


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Hamden Art League meeting presents Mark Battista: Painting the Portrait in Watercolor

The March 10th meeting of the Hamden Art League will feature a demo by HAL member and North Haven artist Mark Battista, who will share his approach to creating the expressive portrait in watercolor.

Mark works in oil, watercolor and pastel and paints sharp focus still lifes and skillfully rendered portraits which capture the inner quality of the subject. While Battista's oil portraits and still lifes are usually highly detailed, his watercolors exhibit a much looser, fluid and expressive approach. This will be the focus of his demo.

Battista uses a process of building form through a succession of washes. He will share his approach to complementing areas of great detail with passages that are more loose and expressive. Color harmony, edge control and tips to construct a solid rendering of a portrait will be addressed.

The artist graduated from Paier College of Art with a B.F.A. in 1985. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Outstanding Illustration Major Award and graduated with the highest point average. In 1990 he received a M.S. degree in Art Education from Southern CT State University. Mark currently teaches art for the West Haven school system. While working as a fine artist, illustrator and educator for over 27 years, Battista has exhibited with or been represented by the Salmagundi Club in New York City, The Grand National Exhibition, Yale University, Sprague Hall, The Robert Wilson Gallery of Nantucket, MA and Palm Beach, FL, and The Mary Lou Fischer Gallery of Guilford, CT, The CT Watercolor Society, Images, Guilford, CT and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club. Awards include the MCAA USA First Place Award, The John Slade Ely House Award, First Prize, the Mae McCabe Memorial Award, Brush and Palette Statewide Exhibition, the Clara Hall Baskett Memorial Award and the Charette Corporation Prize.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10 in the Social Hall of the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.

Coffee and conversation begins at 7:00 pm, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 and the artist's demo at 7:30. Free and open to the public.

NOTE: If the library is closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be cancelled.

Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT

The Hamden Art League meets the second Tuesday of the month.