Placer Community Foundation's 2016 Visiting Artist: Phoebe Toland

AUBURN, CA (MPG)  |  Source: Placer Community Foundation
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Phoebe Toland.

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This May the Placer Community Foundation’s Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program proudly features nationally recognized artist Phoebe Toland.

A prominent printmaker and teacher, Toland will be holding hands-on workshops and presenting her work to the public on the following dates:

Thursday, May 12
Free lecture hosted by Placer Arts - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603, (530)-885-5670

Saturday, May 21
Free lecture hosted by Blue Line Gallery - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
405 Vernon Street, Suite 101, Roseville, CA 95678, (916) 783-4117.

Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15
Prints as Resource I - Workshop at Blue Line Gallery

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
Prints as Resource II - Workshop at Blue Line Gallery

Description of Workshops
Printmaking allows for the reproduction of images, with variations in color and technique. In this workshop, students will first carve a block of linoleum and make multiple prints, including layering images with each other’s blocks. The following day, students will use their prints as collage material to deconstruct and then reconstruct using decorative papers. Students can then print over these pieces and add areas of depth with shading. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore and have fun.

About the Artist

Toland earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (1975) and an MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana (1983). She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Artist’s Innovation Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2005; the Meadowlark Foundation Education Grant in 2001; and the Purchase Award, Equinox at the Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT in 1999. Her art is in permanent collections at the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana; and private collections across the country.

Toland’s work is closely connected to architecture, responding to urban sprawl and rapid growth in cities - issues that are indicative of community dynamics as an expression of larger systems or networks.

”My work has always been closely connected to architecture. But structure goes beyond buildings and cities. It lies at the heart of all activity, and speaks about patterns and hierarchies within societies. Structures that may seem unique within a culture are often seen elsewhere with slight variations; the teepee circle in Wyoming and an ancient Celtic circle in England. The cultural similarities and differences that unite us as a people provide a link to our history and continue to inform and inspire my work.”

This program is generously funded through the Susan Cooley Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching Program Fund at Placer Community Foundation. Established through an endowed gift by Sue D. Cooley (Susan’s mother) and the Sky View Foundation, the program represents a lasting legacy to the beloved local artist and environmental advocate. The ART program develops and enhances the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally established and highly-reputable artists who create in a range of media.

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