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Artist Talk and Drawing Workshop with Paige Donovan and Mary T. Bevlock

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62a Trenton Avenue

Frenchtown, NJ 08825

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This workshop is limited to 10 participants only.
Both of our guest artists are members of the Center for Creative Works in Philadelphia, PA, a unique art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. ( https://www.centerforcreativeworks.org/ )

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About Paige Donovan:
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“Dots and circles. Details. Straight lines. I like them because they’re different, they pop into my brain and then I know everything about the painting. I like painting landscapes. It reminds me of going outside in the summertime, and all the different leaves. There’s deer behind our house, they came out of nowhere. There were two or three of them. “ – PD

Paige Donovan was born in September 3rd, 1991 in Sycamore Circle in Audobon, PA. She is a swimmer and bocce ball player and has competed in the Special Olympics for backstroke, freestroke, and breaststroke. She makes artwork at the Center for Creative Works five days a week. Over the past four years, Paige Donovan has developed a fascinating, original style of mark-making, first in acrylic paint and most recently in calligraphy ink. Donovan’s vocabulary of mark comes from a desire to invent new and different ways of manipulating her materials, as well as an almost meditative approach to her art practice, which she continues to hone and develop every day.

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About Mary T. Bevlock:
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“Make a picture in your mind of who you want to come to your house and to your dining room. It’s like Thanksgiving, you’re sitting at a table, and you can imagine who you want to come to your house and have dinner. A few of my family, Maurice Benard, my cousin Sally Jeffries, Carmine on Laverne and Shirley. Picasso. Van Gogh. My inspiration comes from books, shapes, my religion, and celebrities. My favorite material is colored pencils because none of the colors are alike, it feels like butter, with brighter colors. I like to blend because I get more colors that way. It feels great, wonderful, to make artwork, warm and happy feelings. So… magic. Magical. I like response to my paintings, from anybody, that feels really good. “ – MTB

Mary T. Bevlock was born on July 30th, 1968 in Bryn Mawr, PA. She began making artwork at the Center for Creative Works in 2010 when she started making portraits of her favorite celebrities. Bevlock is passionate about advancing herself as an artist, and her work continues to grow in innovative ways as she seeks to develop skills with new materials. Working largely from a collection of images she has collected over the years, Bevlock’s practical and goal-oriented approach to art-making is systematized and focused. She begins the day by checking in with her friends and colleagues at the studio diligently preparing her workspace. When she works, Bevlock brings a combination of meticulous rigor and unbound improvisation to her practice. Her passion for color inspires an unexpected and innovative palette, and her detail-oriented mark-making articulates bold, sensitive line. Recently, Bevlock has focused on developing a series of religious portraits in calligraphy ink and colored pencil.

Bevlock likes basketball, weaving, and bowling. Her favorite television shows are CHIPS, General Hospital, Matlock, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Little House on the Prairie. Mary is also inspired by music, which she listens to on her walkman while drawing and painting, particularly Captain and Tennile, The Carpenters, Kenny Rogers, the Monkees, John Denver, all of Barry Manilow, and Andy Gibb. She is inspired by Samantha, Mark, Michael Smith, and Chris Coyle, and maybe a little bit of Jordan.



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