Holly White-Gehrt (HCAF’s 2017 Artist in Residence)
Holly White-Gehrt is a graduate of Georgetown Atelier, where she studied with Tenaya Sims, and of Gage Academy’s Aristides Atelier, where she studied with Juliette Aristides. She also holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she graduated with the Governor’s Award for Thesis Work. She began her art studies at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and continued to broaden her range of practice, including two years of Zen Brushwork with a master in Japan. Egg tempera is her current passion.
The Hill Country Arts Foundation Studio 2 is the new home of artist in residence Holly White-Gehrt. Holly has been teaching workshops at HCAF and we are pleased to have her working daily on our grounds.
“I grew up in Texas, spending my summers at the HEB Foundation summer camps near Leakey, so, of course, the Hill Country was where I wanted to land. In the early 80’s, I came to HCAF for art workshops. To return as an instructor and artist in residence after 30 years is so exciting for me!” says Holly.
The central project of the proposed Artist Residency is a fully developed oil painting, in the Contemporary Classical Realism style. This style of painting requires working from life, which includes a live model, costume, props and background. The Point Theatre provides great resources in props and costume, which is every representational figure painter’s dream come true, and without which, this project would not be possible.
The ability to leave the stage and props set up in and left in place during the duration of the residency makes it possible to continue work without the model present.” says Holly.
The residency will also be used as general studio space for both teaching projects and other art projects and will also serve as a way to illustrate and promote Classical Realism Atelier methods in anticipation of beginning a Part-Time Atelier at HCAF in the Fall of 2017.
Rosanne Thrall, Visual Arts Center Director at HCAF says, “I was thrilled to have Holly come in one day asking about the possibility of instructing art workshops at HCAF. It is gratifying to see the full circle of Holly’s art education, and that HCAF played a part in her choice to study art. Her resume is extensive and she is a gifted artist.”
Holly describes her artistic journey, “I spent nine years studying and eventually teaching in the Atelier system, which continues a nearly lost Classical Realism tradition, a type of training which is shunned by the universities, but is sanctioned by ARC, the Artists Renewal Center. I studied with Tenaya Sims at Georgetown Atelier and with Juliette Aristides at the Gage Academy, both in Seattle. I taught the Part-Time Atelier at Georgetown for over two years, and also taught classes and workshops at Gage.”