UNION — On June 15, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., digital artist Leona M Seufert will discuss how using computer technology can unleash creativity. Her talk will make use of the many examples of her digital works currently on display in her solo show at the Les Malamut Art Gallery through June 30. The Les Malamut Art Gallery (wheelchair accessible, downstairs in the Union Public Library) is located at 1980 Morris Avenue, Union.
As part of the continuing series of gallery talks free to the public to introduce the artists and their works, this evening presents the opportunity to learn how Seufert uses the software program, Photoshop, as a tool to inspire her and help her realize her creative vision. The talk will be held in the gallery itself, so attendees will also have the opportunity to view the current exhibit.
For any artist, the hardest part is getting the concept inside one’s head out on to the selected medium. For a non-artist who just wants to have “creative” fun, it usually is the fear of ruining the materials, “messing up” the work. In this talk, Seufert will discuss how she works from start to finish. Not a computer demonstration but a revelation of the process she uses to achieve the stunning results in her surreal, otherworldly digital prints.
Seufert says “I use the software, Photoshop, as a tool the way other artists use brushes and paints.” She believes the value of using computers and ink jet printers lies in the ease of getting an idea from inside your head, out to share with the world. “I can take one idea and saying ‘what if’ create many different versions, quickly and easily. I can also change anything with a click of the mouse! Nothing is ‘cast in stone’.”
As Seufert talks about her methodology she will use the artwork in the exhibit to reveal how she created the piece. She will also show you how she “repurposes” her images into greeting cards and bookmarks. You are guaranteed to come away with a new respect for technology and answers to the question: How did she do that?
Seufert’s artwork has appeared in numerous group and solo shows in galleries and museums in the New York Metropolitan area. She graduated from New York City’s prestigious high school for art, The High School of Art & Design and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the State University College of Arts and Science, Potsdam. Seufert also curates shows for the Casano Community Center Art Gallery in Roselle Park.
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