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February 27, 2008 > The art of Peggy Magovern

The art of Peggy Magovern

Submitted By Lucinda Bender

What would art, or life for that matter, be without shadows? Come learn the importance of shadow shapes in portrait art at the Fremont Art Association's March meeting. Peggy Magovern will demonstrate how to add shadow shapes and cover the reasons behind the shapes in the face, delineate the shadow edges and their placements, and discuss the range of light to dark hues found throughout the portrait. Please bring a black, colored pencil. Paper and a photograph of the portrait subject will be provided.

The proper use of shadow shapes in portrait art adds depth to the subject matter and when done properly, the results are very gratifying. Peggy Magovern is a self-taught artist who has worked in the commercial art business for many years. Some of her clients include the Smithsonian, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, and the Wall Street Journal. Peggy ventured into fine art five years ago and now combines her experience as a commercial and fine art artist with teaching private art classes. She works primarily in pencil.

Peggy's subjects have ranged from traditional color landscapes to the more contemporary black and white portraiture. Permanent displays of her work can be found at the; Castlewood Country Club, Blackhawk Country Club, and the San Francisco Beat Museum. Portraits for the Beat Museum were commissioned to display the icons of the Beatnik era and early Hippie era. All these portraits are created with one black Prismacolor pencil, though the background is created with crayon and pastel. It is a little like emerging out of study period once completing the portrait, to play at recess for the rest of the artwork.

Peggy's' work has emerged into a more eclectic style that combines a quote or lyric to the image. Her philosophy is "I feel that art is simply visual story telling, and I only hope the viewer can take my message further and add the rest of the story". For more examples of her work, visit her website at

The evening is open to all FAA members. We welcome non-members of the community to come share an evening with this talented artist and meet members of the Fremont Art Association. Refreshments will be served.

FAA Guest Artist-Peggy Magovern
Wednesday, March 5
7 p.m.
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont.

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