Hamden Art League to host painter Rita Curtis at May Meeting.

The Hamden Art League is pleased to host oil painter Rita Curtis, who will present a program titled The Notan Concept in Still Life: Creating Drama with Light and Dark Values. Notan is the balance of opposites - yin/yang - black/white - dark/light - warm/cool. It is an Eastern concept that Western artists use to create drama and dynamism in their work. This demo will show, first, how to use notan to capture the dramatic aspects of a still life setup using two values, a dark and a light. Second, the artist will show how to use notan to establish depth and richness in a painting by balancing warm and cool colors. Since every color and value we add to a painting has the potential to weaken its dramatic impact, our artistic challenge is to move our work beyond simple dark and light shapes without losing the dynamism of the original concept.

Although Curtis considers herself an impressionist, her background is classical. She studied painting with modern masters at the Art Students' League of New York, intellectual history at NYU, and literature and art in Perugia, Italy. The artist's illustrations are in World Health Organization manuals around the globe. Recognition for her work has been growing steadily. Her painting, The Writer was given full page coverage in International Artist magazine and won a major award in the fifteenth national Oil Painters of America show. Rita's paintings have received awards in several national competitions including The Artists magazine, Raymar Art, and BoldBrush.

Art critic Brian Sherwin, Editor of The Art Edge, commented on Rita's paintings. Sherwin said, "Artist Rita Curtis brings a treasure trove of creativity and skill to the table. Rita's bold landscape paintings never fail to capture the imagination of viewers -- drawing us in with a striking use of color. Her figure, portrait, and still life paintings are marked by the same level of vibrant intensity. These powerful works are a pleasure to observe." The artist says she loves to paint fast and loose, wanting her paintings ".. to look as though they were whipped out in a flash of inspiration. The truth is I work thoughtfully - designing, reworking, and simplifying so my work looks fresh."

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12th in the Social Hall of the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT. 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.

Miller Library Social Rm, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden CT

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