CARFAC Professional Development Workshops

LAC welcomes artists Gisa Mayer and Bruce Watson for two free CARFAC Professional Development Workshops on Saturday October 17th. Free for the public. 

Schedule & Info:

11:00 am - Writing Authentically for Artist Statements with Bruce Watson

Artist statements can be painful to write and are often just as painful to read, making them the least enjoyable task of many artists. This lecture/workshop will help you to describe your work and practice using ‘authentic language:’ language that is precise, concise, concrete and vivid. We will analyze several statements and then participate in exercises so that you can get started with, or improve, your own statements.

Bruce Watson teaches writing at SAIT Polytechnic, is a painter, and is the Chair of the Residency Committee for the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation.

1:30 pm - Putting your Best Foot Forward: Artistically Speaking with Gisa Mayer

How realistically can I judge my own work? Where am I in my art practice? What will help me get better?

We will explore these questions and more in an interactive workshop amongst colleagues in a friendly and non-competitive setting with special attention to cohesiveness and individuality of your body of work. This will enhance confidence in our ability to assess our own work objectively.
Participants may bring between 4 and 8 works as examples for discussion.

Gisa Mayer was born in Bad Reichenhall, a small spa town in the Bavarian Alps. She pursued her post secondary education in Munich, Regensburg, Trento and Salzburg. Her emphasis was on Painting and Art History but also included a degree in Romance languages. After graduation she opened her studio close to her favourite city of Salzburg, in the picturesque town of Waging am See and continued to teach Art History. In 1990 she had the chance to visit Canada for the first time and immediately fell in love with grandeur of the Canadian Rockies and the absence of human interference in wide stretches of the landscape. From 1992 to 1994 Gisa Mayer lived in Calgary and started to make the Rockies her favorite subject.
Since moving to Calgary permanently in 1997 she has maintained her studio here and is involved in Arts Advocacy in Alberta. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections in many countries in Europe and in Canada, the USA and Australia.