Artist Bio by Beth Chasco
Having emptied my studio in the Lincoln Building in November, I headed to NYC in December to celebrate the holidays and to settle in to take care of my new grandson 4 days a week for a few months as his parents transitioned back to fulltime work. I find change to be exhilarating and so my adventure living in Brooklyn began.
On the 3-day weekends, I spent time visiting the MET, MOMA , The Whitney, and the Hispanic Society of New York where I discovered a room full of large scale paintings by Sorolla. I also took a watercolor class taught by Naomi Campbell where we painted the figure. I began the class in February unaware that our work would be in the annual March show at the Student Art League of NY! While taking the class at the League, I met a group of accomplished artists whose dedication to their craft was humbling. Some have taken the class every Saturday for many years and welcomed me into their “family”. We are still in contact via email, Dropbox and Zoom since having had to shut down the league due to the COVID19 virus immediately after the show similar to what many groups/exhibits in CU have done, including Boneyard. What is it about art classes that make it possible to meet such kind and amazing people?
“Apples in a Blue Bowl” was inspired by a still life painting by Cezanne, the unfinished backgrounds by Degas and the blue bowl in my apartment.
reGroup Art Collective Show during the 40 North Boneyard Arts Festival 2022 25+artists | 7,000 sq ft gallery space 1422 S. Neil St. Champaign FRIDAY – April 1 | 5-9pm SATURDAY – April 2 | 10am-6pm Located across the street from Hilton Hotel & Espresso Royale, just north of Merry Ann’s Diner. Located in the FORMER Enchantment Alley building. Featuring