The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour 2019

September 20, 21, & 22

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

10am to 5pm...............FREE

ART BY GAYLE BEARD

Acrylic Painting

" Art has been

an important part

of my life, whether I’m

creating or teaching art.

 I can work on my art

all the time. "

I attended Washington State University where I received a BA in Fine Arts. Next on to a Washington State Teaching Credential. Before I got started in Washington, work took me to Southern California. Where I achieved a California Teaching Credential and proceed to work on my masters at California State University Long Beach. My MFA in Fine Arts Education emphasized the study of at-risk teenagers and art as therapy. Fast forward later after 14 years of teaching art, back to the northwest. I taught in the Peninsula School District for 15 years and now I am retired.

I have always been inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and his impressionistic style. This is where my interest in art as therapy developed because I completely believe that Vincent’s painting was his therapy to deal with life. Another huge influence on my art is Georgia O’Keefe and the way she focused in on objects to show another way to look at objects and their beauty.

I love to paint stories through a series of works. Recently my last two series have come from books I have read that includes history. I have a series of 10 acrylic paintings of Underground Railroad Quilts. I love the story about how the Williams family used quilts to guide them to freedom.

Currently I am working on a series of acrylic flower paintings after reading about each flower meaning in a book titled The Language of Flowers. I participated in the 2018 Winterfest and this is where I met artists who encouraged me to participate in the GH Open Studio Tour.

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Enjoy the newest art and widest range of individual artist's original work providing the rare opportunity of seeing the artists in their studio environment and offering explanations and demonstrations of their materials and art process. This is also a unique time to purchase fine art directly from the artists.

Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour 2019

THREE days ! FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

September 20, 21, 22
from 10am to 5pm

E-mail info@gigharborOpenStudioTour.org
for more information.

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