Living in Huntington NY, creating illustrated program covers for a neighborhood theater group, monthly calendar art for the Huntington Public Library, graphic designs for her parish church’s medieval festival, and seasonal cover illustrations for the NY region of the Porsche Club of America, were Marilyn’s early adventures in the production of art.
The Art League of Long Island NY offered life drawing workshops and Marilyn availed herself of these opportunities continually. Draftsmanship was important and this led to study the ultimate of all forms, the terrain of the human figure. “I thought if I could master that, I could approach landscapes, wildlife, and man-made structures too.”
Mainly focused on home, supporting her husband’s career, and raising their son, and at times caring for extended family, the opportunity for serious art study came later in life. Graphic design and advertising at SUNY’s Farmingdale campus opened the door to possibilities in art production. In the 1980’s life-drawing and illustration courses at Parsons School of Design, followed by earning her BFA in studio art with a minor in digital imaging in 1998 at Long Island University Old Brookville NY were Marilyn’s solid foundations.
“The move to Aiken SC was an adjustment for me for sure, but a town alive with culture, an equestrian community, and a university campus with a fine art program and impressive faculty, has provided me with welcome continuing education in life drawing and painting. My pen and brush will never retire.”
The very entertaining Randy Lambeth from Augusta will be our speaker on February 12th. He paints landscapes, portraits and figures. Randy works in watercolor and oils. His work can be seen on display in businesses all over Augusta.
Starting off his professional life in a lab doing research at MCG, Mr Lambeth proceeded down a bit of a windy path until a good friend gave him the book, You Too Can Paint Watercolor Landscapes and they proceeded to go to Freeman Schoolcraft’s farm in Evans and paint. Painting every day, it didn’t take very long before he won Best of Show at the Gertrude Herbert Art Institute in 1974. He says this win went to his head and he had to learn to follow the art instead of the money. Since then Randy has found that he doesn’t have to work to please others to make a good living from his art. Even with all his success, he still considers himself a student of art. Follow this link to read all about Randy Lambeth’s history and philosophy (https://sites.google.com/site/rrlambeth/about-the-artist ).
Just reading an article about him has me inspired to make sure I work on my art daily. I am so very excited to hear what he as to say! Be sure to join us at the Aiken Center for the Arts on February 12th at 6:30 for social time and 7:00 for the meeting. Please wear your name tags because I am terrible at remembering names!