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Annual Membership Meeting

  • October 11, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online Zoom Session

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Program - Discussion on The Business of Art during the Pandemic 

Speakers - Mick McAndrews, Madeleine Kelly, Andrea Strang and Lena Thynell. 

Getting the Most from On-Line Workshops:  Artist - Mick McAndrews

Mick’s award-winning paintings strive to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject, combining the magic of watercolor with reverence for the principles of design to create works of sophisticated simplicity.  He is a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society (Crest Award), the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (Sylvan Grouse Guild) and the Baltimore Watercolor Society.  He is also an Artist Member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.  Mick teaches watercolor workshops across the U.S. and abroad.  He is a passionate painter who believes that time spent painting is precious.  His goal is to draw and paint every day and he believes that the fastest way to artistic growth is through the activity of painting.  He enjoys painting outside to take advantage of surroundings, natural light and the sights and sounds that influence each painter’s creative nature.  Outside in nature’s studio is where he finds the greatest challenge and the greatest reward.  He is challenged to capture the moment because light and its effects, reflections and cast shadows changes continuously.  He is forced to simplify, to reduce the overwhelming complexity of what is in front of him into only the most important shapes and values. His nature is to be spontaneous so working loose and impressionistically appeals to him.  The magic of watercolor is found in the partnership between artist and medium, of finding a balance between the knowledge, technique and skill of the painter while leaving room for the magic that makes watercolor so distinctive.  


Image Preparation and On-Line Jurying:  Artist and Professional Juror - Madeleine Kelly

Artist and educator, Madeleine Kelly has been invited to judge numerous exhibitions, lecture and teach multiple mediums.  Madeleine never formally studied art, although she continues to evolve as an artist and has achieved her skills through workshops, museums, and demos with such leading artists as Elizabeth Mowry, Rea Redifer and Homer Johnson.  Her paintings are displayed and admired in public and private collections around the world and have been selected for various national and international juried exhibitions where she has received numerous awards  She is a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society where she also serves on the board.  Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers including featured articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and an American Artist Magazine feature.  Her artwork can be seen gracing the set of an Indie film; “The Suspect”.  Madeleine explores the mundane to find the marvelous and for her art is passion, discovery, evolution and an endless journey.  Exploring the versatility of multiple mediums, she uses texture and color to create interest.  Although her inspirational triggers are everywhere it is often the medium itself that drives her.  Her studio is in Southeastern, Pennsylvania.


The Virtual Gallery:  Gallery 222 Owner – Andrea Strang

Andrea Strang, Malvern resident and Penn State Alum, is the owner and curator of Gallery 222 Malvern.  Her personal journey into the world of art began as a student more than 10 years ago.  Andrea’s love and passion for art only grew stronger through the years, collecting many pieces herself.  Andrea, wanting to share her love of art, had a clear and simple vision of opening a gallery that would meld together amazing local art in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  She achieved her dream when she opened the doors to Gallery 222 on King Street a couple of years ago and has since been experiencing great success.  Andrea now has a vast private collection and enjoys helping others expand their own.  She works with interior decorators on a regular basis and loves exposing the community to the many local and talented artists.  

Using Social media to Promote your Work:  Artist - Lena Tynell

Lena Thynell lives with her husband nearby State College, PA.  She got her education in watercolor painting at the Gerlesborg Art School in Sweden, taking week long classes over several years.  This school is located north of Gothenburg on the beautiful Swedish west coast.  She is an art instructor at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.  After a long career as a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife and Department Head in Sweden, watercolor has now become an important part of her life.  She enjoys painting “en plein-air” which gives her much inspiration.  “It’s a challenge to paint on location and that’s what I like” Lena states.  Lena has participated in Juried Art Shows as well as solo art shows in Sweden and the U.S.  Since the move to the United States, Lena has attended workshops with Skip Lawrence, Alvaro Castagnet, Vladislav Yeliseyev, Andy Evansen and Mick McAndrews.  Lena is a Signature Member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, The Philadelphia Watercolor Society, The Baltimore Watercolor Society, The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, The Nordic Watercolor Society NAS, The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania and is the Social Media Administrator for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Lena States “When I paint, I aim to express a feeling or a mood of the object rather than to create an exact picture.  Being outdoors, painting is very inspiring, and I love it.  It is a challenge to paint outdoors exposed to wind, sun, rain and even snow.  My paintings come alive in a way that is quite different from those paintings created in my studio.  What started as a hobby has now become an important part of my life”.


Each speaker will have 15 – 20 minutes to cover their topic followed by Question/Answer Period




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