I can’t believe that it’s almost that time of the year again when courses start up at the School in Olhao Portugal – http://www.artinthealgarve.com
I am looking forward to my time there in April, but this post is about another artist and dear friend of mine, Bonnie Halsey Dutton...who will be tutoring a course at the School from May 31st til June 7th.
Although Bonnie hails from Spearfish, South Dakota, I first met her in West Chester Pennsylvania about 28 years ago. Having just moved to the area she first saw me at an art opening and came up and introduced herself, and the rest is history……
Bonnie’s artwork honours stories and explores mankind’s connection to the past. Living in S. Dakota impacts her imagery, as her art explores the cultural symbols, stories and ancient artefacts from that region.
Coming in with the Surf – Oil on canvas.
A professional artist and art educator, Bonnie has had over twenty years of experience in the field of art education.
Her workshop at the School in Olhao will focus on ‘exploration of place’, as well as ‘low stakes, creative risk taking.’
Using water based mediums, the workshop is designed to benefit beginning painters as well as artists wishing to explore their individual painting style.
Lost and Found – oil one canvas
By studying art in an inspirational creative environment, like the School in Olhao, participant’s work and thinking is enriched….http://www.artinthealgarve.com
The 150 year old olive tree that emanates from one of the internal courtyards meandering its way up through the different levels of the school.
The school offers excellent areas for group activities as well as plenty of quiet private spaces.
Looking down into the courtyard swimming pool…there is another pool on the roof
Minutes from the School, the colourful and vibrant market –
A most convivial place to enjoy the wonderful freshly cooked food from the School’s kitchen, and of course much conversation.
Bonnie is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, – another reason why she is an excellent person to enjoy and explore this fascinating area with.
I thought I would finish this post on a humorous note with this photograph of Bonnie and me taken in Deadwood, South Dakota – 1995. We held up a stage coach that day and did quite well:)