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    Friday, June 6, 2014 & Saturday, June 7, 2014

    Catalog of Classes (PDF)
    2014 represents the fourth session of the Machetanz Art Festival at Matanuska-Susitna College. This event is named in honor and memory of Fred and Sara Machetanz who are closely associated with the early years of this institution. The artwork of Fred Machetanz adorns the walls of homes and institutions across Alaska and beyond. The books of Sara Machetanz can be found on bookshelves across the country. This festival is an opportunity to nurture the spirit that impelled the Machetanz family to embrace the arts. Take a day or two in June to join us at Matanuska-Susitna College as we look to the arts for inspiration, relaxation and fun. Take a class, draw a picture, make something and meet great artists.

    Talis J. Colberg
    Director, Matanuska-Susitna College
    If you have any questions, please contact:Felicia Desiminifdesimini@matsu.alaska.edu907-745-9755

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     Guest Artist Application

    4- Day Watercolor Workshop with Robert J. O’Brien
    Signature Member of the American, National, and New England Watercolor Societies.

    This course was open to all levels of painting ability. Students had the opportunity to learn:

    Glazing Techniques, Skies, Wet-on-Wet, Color Theory and Mixing, Elements of Composition, Values, Buildings and Barns, Shadows, Tree and Floral Painting Techniques,
    and Value.

    Robert J. O’Brien is an award winning artist and instructor. He recently won Best in Show at the New England Watercolor Society’s Regional Juried Exhibition in Plymouth Mass. and at the 2nd Annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition in Waitsfield, VT. He also received the M.Graham Award at the 37th North East Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition. In 2012 he was included in the 145th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society held at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Also in 2012, he was awarded the Gold Medal in the New England Watercolor Society’s Spring Juried Members Exhibition in Boston. Robert was the Juror of Selection for the 50th Hawaii Watercolor Society’s National Exhibition and for the Plein Air Vermont 2012 Exhibition in Bennington, Vermont. His work was featured in the Dec. 2011/ Feb. 2012 issue of the French watercolor magazine,” l’Art de l’Aquarelle.” Robert O’Brien is the Director of Exhibitions for the Vermont Watercolor Society and the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. Robert lives and paints in Weathersfield, Vermont and teaches many workshops throughout the United States and abroad.