VAWAA (Vacation With An Artist) offers mini apprenticeships with master craftspeople all over the world. You can now book an Encaustic VAWAA with me and learn all about working with colored, molten wax for 4 Days.
Find out more at my VAWAA page. #vawaa #vacationwithanartist
Fall for the arts festival
Wax Portrait Gallery
September 30, 2018
I'll be at Chestnut Hill's fall event, their annual Fall for the Arts Festival this year on September 30.
Will be presenting Wax Portrait Gallery and showcasing some wax portraits for this new business! Also, WPG is offering an introductory sale of 10% off portraits ordered in the month of September.
Stop by and learn more about how to commission your own portraits from photos. Last chance to get your special introductory price! WPG portraits make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!
First Look Party
Thursday, September 6, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
If you want to be among the very first to see Dear Fleisher, join us at the First Look Party. Meet the artists and mingle with fellow cultural supporters, while enjoying the earliest views of the exhibition, delicious food, and festive drinks. You will also have the opportunity to purchase pieces from a collection of work selected specially by our Artist Committee for the party. Purchase your tickets early. Space is limited! Purchase tickets or make a sponsorship gift.
Sale of Artwork
Sunday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Come back for the Sale of Artwork, as each and every piece will be available for purchase, first-come, first-serve. Join us for music, art-making, and more as we celebrate Fleisher’s 120-year commitment to providing a creative outlet for thousands of people diverse in age, background, and experience.
Each October, the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours span 20 unique Philadelphia neighborhoods, feature over 300 participants, engage audiences topping 30,000, and literally put Philadelphia’s professional artists “on the map” for locals and tourists alike.
Fleisher Sanctuary Series: Drawing the Figure in Elizabethan Costume
September 27, 2017
Join us for a night of free figure drawing in the Sanctuary. Fleisher teaching artist Clarissa Shanahan will begin the evening with a short demonstration and helpful tips on drawing the figure in costume. Clarissa will also lead a figure drawing evening with a very exciting guest model: Christine Doidge, the talented actress from the Fringe Festival performance Monarch. Our model will be elegantly dressed in Elizabethan costume and the Sanctuary will be set up with easels and lights. Please bring your own drawing pads and drawing utensils!
One of the Philadelphia’s most exciting and beloved art events, Dear Fleisher, 4×6 Inches of Art is a biennial invitational exhibition and sale of original works of art in postcard size. More than 400 artists donate 700 pieces, all of which are displayed anonymously until sold. In the spirit of Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible, all work is priced at $50 each and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds benefit Fleisher’s award-winning arts education programs.
Dear Fleisher, weekend begins with a special preview party for supporters and friends, the only chance to scope out all the artwork before the sale opens to the public. Don’t miss your chance to see the show in its entirety and meet the artists!
Join us for our second talk in our series focused on artists pursuing unique opportunities. Clarissa Shanahan is a fine and decorative artist. A graduate of the PAFA and Penn, she has also been an adjunct faculty member here since 2000, teaching varied subjects such as Medieval manuscript illumination, encaustic painting, symbolism of color, and film-related painting classes.
Clarissa spent almost twenty years in the film industry as a scenic artist, producing sets for over 40 film and television productions. In addition, she produced both original and reproduction paintings for numerous productions, including the Lee Krasner paintings for the film Pollock. Her credits include Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Salt, Summer of Sam, Angels in America and Boardwalk Empire. She is a longtime member of the United Scenic Artists 829.
Tuesday, October 13, 11:45-1 Cohen Board Room, 3rd Floor Hamilton
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
June 5, 2015
[noun] - delight, pastime, amusement
Solo Show of new encaustic paintings
Carol Schwartz Gallery
June 5 - July 31, 2015.
Friday, June 5, 2015
R&F ENCAUSTICS FEATURED ARTIST
March 15, 2013
Q&A with Clarissa Shanahan & Gallery Director Laura Moriarty
LM: Could you tell us a little about your background?
"The Grand Tour is a series of wax paintings based on the personal, private travelogue of one woman from Italy in the early 1930s. The original photos, taken by a professional photographer, depict the Mediterranean and the Middle East through the lens of privilege and show us a grand version of her travels
Paintings on display until October 20, 2018
More information HERE.
Documentary premiere of "The Grand Tour" at Gravers Lane Gallery
September 15 - October 20, 2018
Opening Reception on September 15, 5-8pm
Short film, The Grand Tour by Doug Zajaczkowski will be premiering at the opening reception of the exhibition of the same name at Gravers Lane Gallery. Doug's film is about the inception and inspiration for the work, but also focuses on the bigger picture of researching this photo travelogue of an unnamed woman traveling in Egypt in 1933.
More information HERE.
Wax Portrait Gallery
July 19, 2018
Introducing the new portrait commission company..
WAX PORTRAIT GALLERY
Turn your photos into custom hand painted portraits. Square format, two sizes, with up to five options.
Come spend your Tuesday evenings learning about great directors and artists!
Explore the relationship between film, photography and painting. Examine how film stills relate to painting through composition, tone, value/lighting, symbolic color, and visual cues. Learn to recognize elements that convey information and drive visual narrative in order to build critical skills for viewing images in all media and for developing compositions in your own artwork.
Each October, the Tours span 20 unique Philadelphia neighborhoods, feature over 300 participants, engage audiences topping 30,000, and literally put Philadelphia’s professional artists “on the map” for locals and tourists alike.
The program provides a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work in an approachable, festive, and easy-to-navigate tour. The Studio Tours provides a chance to engage with Philadelphia’s entire arts community from a new perspective – and based your own specific interests. No other program in or around Philadelphia consistently brings such an intimate and diverse cultural experience to the community free of charge and across such a large geographic area.
"Ever wonder who creates the paintings and props we see in films? Who designs the sets? How does the art department fit in the puzzle of a film production? Clarissa Shanahan, a career artist and veteran of the film industry, will answer these questions and more in this informational presentation about the many different roles of artists and craftspeople in the film industry, including the skills and portfolio needed to break in".
Register by: October 21
Review Continuing Education Registration and Policy Information prior to registering.
This class is offered as part of PAFA's Art in Process event series.
GTOWN RADIO'S MORNING FEED
October 9, 2015
Special program featuring four artists from Herman St. Studios - Melissa Maddonni Haims, Sarah Bond, Sharon Kenny and me.
Melissa and I discovered each other's bee tattoos [it came up in conversation...]. Here's the image, I'm on the right.