September 13, 2014 Member Meeting and Demonstration by Susan Sinyai


September 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.


Demonstration: “Growing Radiant Flowers in Pastel”

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Susan Sinyai will describe how she develops a pastel floral painting – how it evolves from a blank surface to a finished piece. She will explain and illustrate techniques and materials used in creating the important underpainting, and then the journey towards creating a sense of luminosity and delicacy. There will be a slide presentation, as well as a work in progress for brief demonstration, and a finished painting.


About the Artist:

Susan Meyer Sinyai received her BFA from UNC Asheville in 1994, previously having graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Sociology. Since that time she has been a working artist, exhibiting and winning awards in numerous local and national shows. Susan was commissioned by UNC Asheville to paint the portrait of former Chancellor Samuel Shuman, completed in 1999. She was one of the primary collaborators with Tucker Cooke and other artists on a life-sized reproduction of Raphael’s School of Athens, which hangs at UNC Asheville. Her work was chosen to be published in America’s Best of Pastel Artists (Kennedy Publishing 2009) and most recently in Contemporary Painters (Schiffer Publishing 2012). She was the cover artist on The Asheville Laurel, April 2012.

The quality of light is what Susan seeks to explore and capture in her work – the manner in which it describes form, manipulates color, but most important, how it can evoke mood and memory. Pastel, with its mouthwatering lusciousness and brilliance, is the perfect medium to allow expression of her response and appreciation to the exceptional and transcendent beauty of the physical world.





 Refreshments will be served at our NEW VENUE Grace Church.

When you come to our meeting bring a friend!



Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road
Mills River, NC 28759

I-26, Exit for the airport
–Go West past the airport and past the Ag Center on NC 281
–Go approximately 1 ¾ miles west  towards Mill River
–Turn Right on street between the Land Rover dealer and Grace Church which is Cardinal Drive (the church is up on the hill)
–Turn left at the top of the drive into the church parking lot
–Go to the left side of the building to the green awning entrance
–Go into the hall and go left past several doors
–Our meeting room is on left.

Please contact Janet Hartmann, Program chair, with any questions about our program. … 423.767.4200

Please contact Kay Gordon, Membership chair, with any questions about our membership.