By Darla Foreman
A gathering of friends for fellowship, painting and crazy fun; this is the description of a Palooza.
From September 26-October 1, 2016, the OKC Painting Palooza had visitors from at least 29 states and Canada. Also in attendance were 26 excellent instructors from various parts of the country and teaching with different painting mediums.
There were colored pencil classes with Paula Leopold CDA and Patsy Deal; oil classes with Cheri Rol MDA and Sherry Nelson MDA TDA; heat set oils with Mary Kingslan-Gibilisco CDA; and water soluble oils with Debbie Bonnewell. Classes were available to learn texture painting with Margot Clark and chalky finish painting with Doxie Keller TDA. Tracy Weinzapfel worked with her style of mixed media on journal pages. Golda Rader CDA conducted classes with pen and ink. Birds and butterflies filled several classes by Karen Hubbard CDA, Marlene Kreutz CDA, Rosemary West CDA, and Chris Thornton-Deason. Watercolor projects by Susan Scheewe-Brown and Mark Polomchak were big hits. Bobbie Takashima and Sandy LeFlore entertained their students with fun painted characters, and Carolyn Bacon, Bobbie Campbell CDA, Prudy Vannier CDA, and Priscilla Hauser MDA delighted those with a love for Christmas. Linda Sharp CDA detailed stroke designs, and Dorothy Whisenhunt CDA brought warmth with her barnyard animals. Many students wanted to learn the techniques of using technology for designing with Jeanne Downing.
The week began with a fiesta party-themed meet and greet. Opening night for the 27 exhibitors was a night of shopping and laughter as most everyone came in their pjs and slippers. Our big night of fun was an ice cream social with hot cobblers and tickets galore and wonderful donated pieces of art. Two awards were handed out; the “You Made a Difference” award went to Karen Hubbard CDA and the "Legacy" award went to Helen Stadter MDA.
The birth of a Palooza was fun exciting and you never knew what was to come, even when the lights went out in half the classrooms. But teachers and students were all great and understanding and painting continued in the hallways. To continue with the baby theme, attendees donated diapers and wipes to the Salvation Army Displaced Families Program. Thank you to our painters for being so generous.
Saturday brought the last few classes and exhibitors were opened for last minute shoppers; all was a big success for a show that began as a “You know what I’ve been thinking!”
We invite all painters and non-painters to attend next year’s “Witchy Wonders”, October 23-28, 2017 at the Sheraton/Reed Center in Midwest City, OK. Visit okcpaintingpalooza.com.
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