Millie Gosch Studio
Artists attend one-of-a-kind workshop
by Staff Reports
Millie Gosch and Lynn Blackburn recently transformed the Millie Gosch Studio in College Park into an environment for intermediate to advanced students taught by nationally recognized artists Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin.
McGraw taught at the famed Art Students League in New York, and both McGraw and Kamin teach at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona, two of the most famous art schools in America.
Blackburn met McGraw and Kamin at the Weekend with the Masters in San Diego, Calif., and they asked her to organize a workshop in the Atlanta area. Blackburn contacted Gosch, who brought on board her experience in workshops and the use of her studio.
The workshop offered a relaxed yet challenging learning environment that was filled with 11 still-life setups and a stage for a model. This allowed the students a chance to paint with instructions for the model or a still life.
Blackburn recruited her husband, Duke, who built the light posts for each still life and the stage for the model.
The creativity, energy and conversation enjoyed by the students was an exciting experience for both Gosch and Blackburn.
At the end of the workshop, McGraw and Kamin were presented an autographed book, “You Might Be a Redneck If,” written by Jeff Foxworthy and illustrated by Newnan artist David Boyd Sr. The book was a gift from David Boyd Jr., Gosch and Blackburn.
Artists from Newnan who attended the workshop were David Boyd Jr., Pam Giles, Alice Searcy and Brenda Sumpter. There were 22 students in all, and in addition to the Newnan students there were others from New York, California, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia.
Heritage School art teacher David Boyd Jr. enjoyed the workshop with McGraw and Kamin and learned the ins and outs of Abstract Realism, a movement begun in New York’s Art Students League by master artist David Leffel. Heritage art student Jesse Gilpin was invited to watch a dual demo of the two artists showing how their concepts of Abstract Realism could be applied to still life and portrait painting.
Gilpin is a rising star in the art program as a freshman, already collecting an Up and Coming Artist Award in the seventh Grade and the Middle School Art Award last year. Gilpin was the recipient of a scholarship to the event given by Blackburn Studios, Millie Gosch Fine Art and Boyd, Jr. Fine Art.
Gosch and Blackburn are local artists with accomplishments of their own. Gosch, a native of Newnan, teaches a local en plein air workshop and is active in bringing well-known plein air painters to the Southeast to teach workshops. She has won several awards including second place in 2012 at the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational and most recently as a finalist in the prestigious RayMar Second Annual Fine Art Competition. She has shown in many juried exhibitions such as Women Painters of the Southeast, American Impressionists Society and more. Gosch’s paintings were chosen for the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia. Her work hangs in numerous private collections and is represented by Huff Harrington, Atlanta and several major galleries in the Southeast.
Blackburn studied under Sherrie McGraw while attending Weekend with the Masters. Other instructors Blackburn has studied under include David Leffel, Rose Frantzen, C.W. Mundy, Richard Schmid, Dave Wade, Sandy Scott, Marc Chatov, Bruce Bobick and others at the Art Students League in New York and Scottsdale Artist School. Blackburn won her first ribbon in Coweta County in 1969 in the Newnan-Coweta Art Association art show. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Newnan- Coweta Art Association, East Alabama Art Society, The Bright Light Artist Guild, Patrons of the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Newnan, and Friend of Scottsdale Artist School. Her work hangs in private collections and is represented by Sycamore Crossing in Blue Ridge. Blackburn’s landscape painting of Lake Wedowee was recently chosen for the foyer of the new Tanner hospital in Wedowee, Ala.