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Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Arlene Reiss

Instructor: Arlene Reiss

April 21–22, 2018 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels (some painting experience recommended)


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop is an invitation to explore the land of expressive abstract painting. We will go beyond representational forms and bring into being personal original visions, while working in such a way that we will generate feelings of expansion and freedom.

This workshop will inspire you to develop your own artistic expression while experimenting with innovative processes and techniques. Attendees will have the opportunity to feel comfortable creating abstract images. They will be guided in exercises that will focus on paint application along with the use of a wide variety of familiar and unfamiliar materials and tools. There will be short demonstrations of painting intuitively, while leaving the majority of time for students to work independently while receiving much individual guidance.

Join us as we experiment, explore and enjoy the world of expressive abstract painting. This is a fun and productive class. Open to all levels. Some painting experience recommended.


ARLENE REISS was born and raised in New York to parents who encouraged much exposure to the exciting art world of Manhattan. After graduating college with a degree in Art she lived and worked in New York in advertising and publishing, until she moved to the Mendocino Coast in 1970.

Being much inspired by her environment she became a plein air pastel artist. After exhibiting and selling that work for many years, she took two years off from gallery exhibiting to delve into more personal work and has continued to work as an intuitive artist since that time. For the last 20 plus years her work is intuitively based and primarily abstract. She continues to explore a variety of mediums with much focus on acrylic, mixed media and collage. Living on the Mendocino Coast and spending part of the year on the Pacific Coast of Mexico she is very influenced by the colors and forms of the natural environment.

“It’s fascinating and mysterious that by making marks on paper a reality is created that never existed before. As I paint I become engaged in a dialogue with the piece; surprises happen, moods change and colors demand to be used. A relationship is created than can be immensely frustrating and sublimely satisfying, that has a depth reached by perseverance.”

Arlene’s work is in national and international collections. She is a founding and current member of Partner’s Gallery, in Fort Bragg, CA. She is the former Fine Art Coordinator of the Mendocino Art center.

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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