Plains School of Abstract Painting is a dynamic selection of acrylic paintings created by students of Marjorie Schlossman. Launched in 2011, her weekly class at the Museum has attracted a regular group of participants, a mixture of emerging and professional artists who are united by their passion for learning and collaborative spirit. She modeled her classroom environment and teaching philosophy after her time studying under renowned abstract painter Richard Irving Bowman.
Students exhibiting in Plains School of Abstract Painting are Jody Augustadt, Carmen Borstad, Carmen Bruhn, Joanne Colville, Sandi Dahl, Deborah Davy, Sarah Gray, Mary Ivers, Annette Marchand, Peggy Mickelson, Naomi Nakamoto, Jennifer Paulsrud, Carol Rogne, Sharon Scapple, Carol Schlossman, Mary Schlossman, Gin Templeton, Lee Watkins, Susanne Williams, and Rhonda Wilson. The exhibition also has pieces by Marjorie Schlossman and Bowman, providing a context for the class’s development and evolution.
This exhibition includes a group of paintings—all acrylic on canvas or paper—by each student. Also featured are highlights from the class project “Themes and Emotions,” in which Schlossman challenged her students to make paintings on topics such as birth, death, and love, which she published as a catalogue, Plains School. The book is available for $18.95 in the Museum store along with the exhibition catalogue for the 2012 solo show, Marjorie Schlossman: Symphony of Color.
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