in the mezzanine gallery
“Those Who Can Do, Teach (the Sequel)”
An exhibit of art works by the Instructors from the STEPS Art Education Program for Children
Found Object Assemblage by Melody McConaughy, Impressionist Paintings by Jan Fischer and Paintings and Drawings by Gail Brendle
September 15 – October 13, 2022
4th Friday Art Walk Reception September 23 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Reclaimed. Recycled. Reinvented. Recreated. Melody McConaughy has been foraging objects from her surroundings and producing found object art since childhood.
Melody is a long time member of the Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery where she currently exhibits her work. Prior to emerging on the professional artist scene, Melody taught in public schools and was a principal for a school prior to retiring from that part of her life.
For “Those Who Can Do,Teach (The Sequel) she will be displaying a series of work that she playfully refers to as “Castaways”. Using castaway glass from glass blowers and castaway metal and silver from eras gone by, her assemblage sculpture takes on a new life of its own.
She has been an art instructor for the ‘Tis STEPS Art Education Program for Children since 2011.
Jan Fischer holds a degree in Fine Art and Advertising Design and spent most of her life as an art director, graphic design illustrator, and children’s art instructor. Her graphic design company, Red Willow Design specialized in helping companies translate new products and services in a visual presence within their markets.
Wandering through the western states Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona, she is at her happiest when she is outside Plein Aire painting. “So many skies, fascinating shadows with the light changing by the minute… capturing those little moments is my greatest challenge.”
She has been an art instructor for the ‘Tis STEPS Art Education Program for Children since 2016.
Gail Brendle has been passionately studying art since the late 70’s; college level classes, art books, magazines and workshops with renowned artists including Rex Brandt, Robert E. Wood, Mary DeLoyt Arendt, Marilyn Simandle, Timothy Clark, Dawn E. Whitelaw and Fred Hope.
She has won prizes for her work in juried shows, and a First Place Scholarship Award through the John E. Profant Foundation in the Visual Arts category. Most recently she was awarded Best in Show for her watercolor painting “The Old Cheyenne” and Second Place for her charcoal study “Sunday Morning Togetherness” through the Prescott Valley Fine Art Showcase.
She is a certified Mission: Renaissance Fine Art instructor where she was trained to teach art to children and adults based on the premise that anyone can acquire talent, and anyone can learn how to express themselves artistically if given the opportunity to learn how. Gail’s personal goal when teaching art is to impart the principles of art in practical ways that help her students develop technical skills and individual creativity in producing works of art.
She has worked with home school groups, public school creative arts programs and currently teaches art for the Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Department, the ‘Tis STEPS Art Education Program for Children, as well as private.
She is our newest member of the art instructor team for the ‘Tis STEPS Art Education Program for Children.