BAYarts' visiting artists offer many points of view

John Nativio's "Conjugated Forest" oil on canvas.

BAYarts' Visiting Artist Series provides students the opportunity to work with artists whose work exemplifies excellence and skill in their medium of choice in intimate hands-on workshops over 2 to 3 days. These artists are professional, award-winning instructors who will offer their unique points of view and inspiration. 

Because of the small class size (no more than 12), students get personal attention in a relaxed setting and go home with not only a finished work but new skills. Many students come back again and again to learn new techniques and tidbits from the diverse experience of the different instructors.

This year, BAYarts has raised the bar, and is proud to include artists such as John Nativio, a multi-award-winning artist who has been exhibited in more than 70 national and international museums and galleries. His work is strongly influenced by his travels in Europe, where he had the opportunity to study in the archives of the Old Master drawings at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. This workshop, “Forgotten Figurative Forms,” on June 29-30 places a strong emphasis on the figure as it relates to the overall composition.

Other visiting artists include painters Stanka Kordic, whose museum quality work has won numberous awards and followers; Paul Beel, who recently won an award from The National Portait Gallery in London, among other honors; Judy Takacs to coincide with her August Gallery Exhibit at BAYarts; and watercolor masters Mark E. Mehaffey and Christopher Leeper. 

For complete list of Visiting Artist Series, adult classes and workshops, and to register, visit

Pixie Emerson

BAYarts, non-profit art education and exhibition center in Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.29.2013