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"Trial and Transformation: The Creative Process Revealed"
2000-09-27 until 2000-11-04
San Bernardino County Museum, Fisk Gallery
Redlands, CA, USA United States of America

Trial and Transformation: The Creative Process Revealed exposes the inner creative workings of Janet Adams, Patricia Hagerman, George James, and Mark Leysen. Alongside the display of the artistís finished works, visitors can catch a rare glimpse behind the scenes for a look at the drawings, the quickly scribbled thoughts, the unfinished poems, or the preliminary drafts that led to the final piece. Each artistís creative process is unique and experimental.

Marilyn Prescott, Guest Curator of the exhibit, believes that courage is one of the things that separates the real artist from the merely visionary artist. According to Marilyn, the decision of these artists to reveal the most intimate expressions of their vision and creative process is the measure of that courage.

Janet Adams earned her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Cal State University, Fullerton and received a Grant for Art Instruction from the State of California. She is an Art Specialist in K - 8th schools and a Fine Arts instructor at California State University Fullerton and Orange Coast College. Her works have been on display in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States since 1979.

Patricia Hagerman received her BA from University of California, Los Angeles, took graduate courses at California State University, Los Angeles and attended the Los Angeles Center Summer Program for Educators and The Getty Institute for Art Educators. Since 1995, Patriciaís work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions and workshops throughout California.

Currently a Professor Emeritus of Art at California State University, Fullerton, George James received his BA and MA from Long Beach State University. Having achieved several awards for the uniqueness of his watercolor art, George states that he has been able to take the watercolor medium to a new creative experience by working on synthetic paper and traditional watercolor media. His paintings have been published in several periodicals and books including Watercolor Magic 2000 and Watercolor 94, an American Artist Magazine publication.

Mark Leysen received his MA from California State University, Fullerton, and currently teaches Design, Painting, and Gallery Studies at Santa Ana College and Irvine Valley College. Iíve always let gesture be my guiding force, says Mark, that, tempered by the interplay of design and the stability of geometry, is what keeps the creative fire burning. Leysonís art has been featured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Laguna Art Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.

Mark Leysen

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