An Afternoon in Arden

The Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives Committee Presents:

An Afternoon with the Artist
Celebrating our exhibition Authors of the Ardens

Authors of the Ardens Logo

Demonstration on simple bookmaking
and

 Art Exhibition with artist Susan Benarcik

Sunday, April 24, 1-3 pm
At the Arden Craft Shop Museum

Susan will demonstrate how to make a book by hand and what materials you would need to make your own. An exhibition of her own art, which incorporates paper and text, will also be on display.

Arden Craft Shop Museum
1807-A Millers Road
Arden , DE 19810

302.475.3060

An Afternoon in Arden with the Artist

The Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives Committee Presents:

An Afternoon with the Artist
Celebrating our exhibition Authors of the Ardens
Authors of the Ardens Logo

Demonstration on simple bookmaking
and
 Art Exhibition with artist Susan Benarcik

Sunday, April 24, 1-3 pm
At the Arden Craft Shop Museum

Susan will demonstrate how to make a book by hand and what materials you would need to make your own. An exhibition of her own art, which incorporates paper and text, will also be on display.

Arden Craft Shop Museum
1807-A Millers Road
Arden , DE 19810

302.475.3060

Creative Spring & Summer Courses

The deadline to sign up for this 6-week Spring course is Monday, 30 March… so hop to it and sign up on Monday!

Summer courses fill fast, so keep your eye out for my posts on Facebook and my website (here), and the DCAD website:

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This Spring and Summer I’ll be teaching two new courses :

“Inspired by Nature: Drawing Organic Patterns and Forms”Sea Weave

Are you inspired by the natural world – it’s forms and patterns? In this course, students will identify an organic form found in nature, such as but not limited to a sea urchin, bird feather, coral, seed pod, or spider web, and make detailed records of its characteristics, habits, and other attributes.  These observations in turn, will inform preliminary sketches from various perspectives.  Based on the sketches, students will express the nature of their form in several comprehensive drawings with a single medium, or a variety of mediums. The second half of the course will focus on the design of a continuous pattern based on collected observations, sketches, and drawings. This design will consider color, repetition, size and placement of the organic form in the layout with as much consideration one would use to design textile prints.  This class is open to students of all experience levels.

 

 

“ Art Improvisation”

Naiad on Stone WallArtists produce solutions, manage uncertainty, experiment, explore, transform, collaborate, problem solve and take risks every day. In this 6 session course, you are invited to experiment with a practicing studio artist with a variety of creative mediums that will activate your risk taking, and problem solving skills. Crazy fun processes such as paper-marbling, photo collage, and a collaborative sculpture project- based on the Exquisite Corpse parlor game will  improve your capacity to trust your intuition, and think outside the box. Each session will be full of surprise and excitement, with equal time for creating and for reflection on the materials, process, and outrageous results.

My New Website is Here!

What can happen on a snow day??

Well, it really took many snow days, and massive amounts of help from my husband to create a stellar new website. The overall appearance is clean and well-organized, it gives you access to a comprehensive portfolio, and the latest projects, exhibitions, and workshops. In fact, this blog will be part of my new website: www.susanbenarcik.com.

Make sure to book mark the new address, as I will no longer be posting from this site. It has been a long time in the making, so I hope you will visit the new site, share it with your contemporaries, and come back often to see what’s shakin’.

 

Here’s a teaser!!!

SBNewSite

Natural Materials | Sculptural Installations

From sprouting seeds in soil, to saplings and tree limbs, natural materials are the building blocks of my sculptural work. Weather inspired by, or made of natural materials, these pieces are designed to reconnect us with the environment.

“When one thing tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”- John Muir

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Murmuration

Murmuration is the formation of  thousands of birds gathering together in flight.

I had thought of this type of formation when working on this particular installation called, “Murmuration”

Murmuration on stretched canvas.

Murmuration on stretched canvas.

Murmuration Installation

Murmuration Installation

 

Murmuration Installation

Murmuration Installation

 

 

I love this murmuration caught on video by Sophie Windsor Clive & Liberty Smith: Murmuration

Also an interesting body of work by Christopher Jobson that isolates the flight path of birds.

 

Sculptural Installations With Found Materials

I find it challenging to make artwork out of unlikely materials and find the responses of viewers delightful -when they finally recognize what they are looking at. Because my relationship with the natural world is at the forefront of my practice, I use natural and found materials, principals of alchemy, and ecology to design and build sculpture and sculptural environments. Sometimes, sheer abundance of available materials inspires me to stack, string, layer, knot, or weave natural and found materials into tactile, sculptural objects- much like the work of a bowerbird. Other times, it may be an unforgettable cluster of fungi, discovered on a walk that drives me to create an orchestration of obsessively crafted, co-joined, small components that mimic a natural formation. The sculptural forms I create exhibit both worldly and unworldly characteristics, that are meant to be oddly familiar.  In an interview with a fellow artist and videographer, Linda Lewitt, I talk about how and why I incorporate found and natural materials in my work.

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