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March 2, 2012 > Students share artistic perceptions

Students share artistic perceptions

By Julie Grabowski

Experience the world from many artistic viewpoints when students from the San Lorenzo Adult School come together to present "Shared Perceptions." Opening March 4 and running through March 30 at the Alameda Museum, "Shared Perceptions" marks the 11th annual show by Studio 820 of student artwork from the watercolor and drawing classes of Monica Satterthwaite.

The show offers a mix of work from both new and accomplished students, both in the creation of art and the experience of exhibiting. For some this is the first time they have had their work on display, while others are seasoned award winners. Twenty-one students will be participating in the show, displaying three or four pieces each in mediums such as watercolor, pastel, acrylic, colored pencil, pen and ink, and graphite.

Student Ann Schmidt says the quality of the work is really good, and praises the classes, saying even if it is your first brush with art you will make strides in the first class and achieve great results within the first semester. She has been taking watercolor classes with Satterthwaite for the past 10 years, admiring her as "an accomplished, capable, wonderful teacher." Satterthwaite is a well-known Bay Area illustrator and artist who works in several mediums and also teaches at the college level.

"I keep going back because I like her and I love the other students," says Schmidt. "It's a good group. They're very encouraging." Being among fellow creators and receiving support and encouragement is an important part of development. "It is easy to lose motivation on your own," Schmidt says, acknowledging that one can become distracted with all of the other possibilities and to dos of life. Yet she says the class is not only about creating, but teaches you how to exhibit the art you produce, which is the next step in the artist's formation.

That next step, in the form of an annual exhibition, got its start when one of Satterthwaite's student artists approached the Alameda Museum where she worked as a docent and asked if they would be interested in hosting an exhibit of student work. The museum thought it was a great idea and happily obliged. All of the artwork in "Shared Perceptions" is professionally framed and hung, in museum quality style and presentation. Framed and matted original artwork will be available for sale, as well as some cards and bookmarks.

The show title "Shared Perceptions" reflects on the individual and differing eye of artists, how they can all be looking at the same thing, but produce completely different versions of a shared reality. Schmidt says the artwork is their perceptions of how they see the world, and the opportunity to share that with patrons.

Satterthwaite's classes at the San Lorenzo Adult School are open to all levels and spring registration is open now. Each class is 10 sessions long and costs $75, with students required to provide their own supplies. Watercolor Painting (536) runs from March 5 through May 5 (no class April 9) on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. Drawing (537) begins March 8 and runs through May 24 (no class April 12) on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

"It is such a wonderful way to express yourself," says Schmidt, remarking how art can alleviate negative thoughts and feelings of depression. "We're meant to be artists, one way or another."

Entrance into the Alameda Museum and the "Shared Perceptions" art exhibit is free. Gallery hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. A reception will be held Saturday, March 10 from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call (510) 521-1233.

The San Lorenzo Adult School is located at 820 Bockman Road. To learn more about classes or to register, call (510) 317-4200 or visit online at

Shared Perceptions
March 4 - March 30
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday and Sunday: 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 10
12 Noon - 3 p.m.

Alameda Museum
2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda
(510) 521-1233

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