By Dave R. Davison
Tacoma artist Chandler Woodfin has a busy couple of weeks coming up. On Aug. 20, Woodfin is teaching a watercolor workshop at Feast Arts Center, an arts venue in Tacoma’s Hilltop. Feast Arts is a venue for both teaching and showing of art that fills a vital niche in the community, by making art available to all who wish to be involved. Woodfin is a co-founder of the endeavor.
Feast Arts Center aspires to be inclusive in all of its endeavors, extending the visual art experience to people from all backgrounds and working at all skill levels. Feast offers a variety of youth and adult art classes, community events, and lecture series. The Gallery at Feast strives to highlight the very best in contemporary and conceptual artwork, says the Feast website.
At Woodfin’s Aug. 20 workshop, participants will learn how to work abstractly from the real objects that inspire them. They will study color theory, learn how to mix paint correctly, understand paint application techniques and practice loosening up. The class is for painters of all levels who wish to try their hand at a more expressive technique. The cost for the course is $45. Information is available at feastarts.com/classes/64-abstracted-watercolor-chandler-woodfin.
On Aug. 26, Minka (821 Pacific Ave.) a boutique and art gallery downtown, is opening an exhibit of Woodfin’s art. The reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Entitled “Hissing Uphill,” the show features Woodfin’s watercolors, which pulsate with voluminous, abstract forms and radiant implosions of color. This show will feature an epic 12’ x 20’ mural of the same title as the show itself.
Using watercolor and charcoal, Woodfin examines what it means to be human in both its personal and social contexts. She focuses on the moments in between action, the overlooked difficulties of our day-to-day existence and tries to provide antidotes of comfort to our common ailments. Chandler received her bachelor’s in fine arts from Columbia College in Missouri, and completed a two-year painting apprenticeship at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
“People often want to know what my paintings ‘depict’ or what I paint ‘about.’ Truth is, I paint from the void and to the void. I paint because I cannot explain, not because I can. I paint because I know there are others who are painting what is inside of them. I paint because I know there is more to life than what my tongue can describe,” Woodfin states.
Information on Minka is found at facebook.com/minkatacoma.