AC4W: Valli was already an accomplished artist when she came to our first Art Camp for Women in 2007. First of all – thank you so much for taking a chance on us coming to that first camp.
AC4W: Valli, what are you working on currently?
VTM: I am always working on a number of different things at once.
I am working with my art group on a project to get people interested in, and used to, buying original art. The art group meets every Friday afternoon at Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, 3918 Tennyson, Denver. Using only what art supplies we already have, we paint small paintings, a 5″ X 7″ format that can be popped into a frame and price them at $10.00. We then sell them through Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, on First Friday and also throughout the month.
I have made well over 100 of these little art pieces in a number of different series, i.e. 18th century shoes, flowers, dresses on hangers, a clothesline series, birds and many more.
Outside of the group I am currently working on a new bigger format (22” X 30”) series. This is a series of painted and collaged pieces of figures flying in the air. The figures are abstract with lots of texture. I haven’t named the series yet.
Also I have shown in 2 or 3 other gallery shows since the beginning of this year.
August 1, we are opening a show at Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, that will run through August and feature the art of our Art Group. The show is called “Group of Us.”
In July I will be hosting an Open Studio for the monthly event In the Artist Studio with Sellars Project Space.
AC4W: Valli’s work in all media and sizes (not just 5 X 7) is available at Shack Man Glass Studio and Galleries, 3918 Tennyson, Denver, CO .
AC4W: Now I would like you to talk about your experience at Art Camp for Women. Not counting the art workshops, what do you recall most fondly about your experience at camp?
VTM: Outside of the classes, the camaraderie and downright hilarity with other women artists. Having all our meals fixed and to be free to do art and go for walks… in general being able to indulge in just doing the fun things in life.
AC4W: Art Camp changes a little bit each year and this year it changed quite a bit. Lorri Flint and Lori Wostl are teaching the art classes that contribute to the ‘camp’ experience. And then hiring outside artists for the major portion of the classes.
What was your experience in the classes regarding the level of teaching and materials supplied?
VTM: The classes were all well taught and thought out. It was so wonderful to not to have to bring an entire suitcase of supplies. As I said before, I could just do the fun things.
AC4W: What lasting impact did coming to Art Camp for Women have for you?
VTM: On a very basic level; I am still using the stamps I made with Lorri Flint in 2007. The stamps are unique and the not perfectness fits my art perfectly. While I do no fabric art, the techniques I learned with Lorri (F) inform my collage art.
When I was at camp Lori W. did not teach art classes, but focused on her specialty in personal coaching. The biggest and most lasting impact from camp was the coaching we did together. It made a huge difference in taking me, Valli Thayer McDougle, seriously as an artist, for myself and for others. I have seen Lori’s (W) art journals since then and do like her ‘books.’
AC4W: Is there anything else you would like to say?
VTM: Camp also reminded me how much I like to paint with other people. I now participate in a weekly art group and a critique group that meets once a month. I also participate in many art associations i.e. Colorado Water Color Society, Arvada Art Guild, Foothills Art Center and the San Diego Water Color Society. I also teach from time to time at Art and Framing of Stapleton and will teach a few classes in the next series at Park Hill Art. Not because I am so into teaching, but because I like to share art with other people.
AC4W: Thank you so much for your time today Valli, and for what you are contributing in your way in the art world.
To see more about Valli Thayer McDougle, please visit her website by clicking here.