Ed Dron, R.I.P.

Ed Dron, age 77, of Port Townsend, WA, died at his home on March 23rd.

Ed’s career was in art. While pursuing his M.F.A. at Claremont College, he taught art in local high schools and community colleges. His explorations of bronze foundry techniques led him to operate his own bronze foundry for sculpture in Ontario, CA and teach foundry techniques to others.

In 1965, he was awarded the Prix de Rome in Sculpture. For the next three years, he lived and worked at the American Academy of Rome and traveled, often with poet friend June Jordan, in Europe and Russia. He spent the next 22 years making sculpture and teaching fine arts at the University of California at Santa Barbara and, later, at other institutions. Some of Ed’s works are in the collections of the Smithsonian, U.C. Santa Barbara Museum, and Pomona College Museum.

He had his reversals. Looking at extensive albums of Ed’s works, a friend pointed to some and asked, “Where are these now?” Ed shrugged. “They’re gone.. There were no buyers. I melted them down and kept going.”

Ed retired to Port Townsend in the 1990s. At first, he bought land in Chimacum with old friends Tom Jay, Marsha Hollingsworth, Larry Scoville, Pam Geyer, and Michael and Candy Gohn. Later, he swapped it out for property overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca, where he singlehandedly built his dream house/studio, even raising the staircase alone. Until a stroke in late 2007 disabled him, he was an active member and sometimes informal teacher in the community of artists at Quimper Arts. “Ed was highly skilled at figure drawing. He was an inspiration and a mentor to me and other members,” said Rita Kepner.

The son of Parisian parents, Ed started life in New York City in 1936. His father Roger was an engineer in a chocolate factory. Ed’s family moved to Long Beach, California, in 1946. The ocean drew him. Ed became a lifeguard, a surfer (he was featured in Bruce Brown’s 1958 surfing movie, “Slippery When Wet”), and a harpoonist on a swordfish boat (he was fired for sometimes finding a fish so beautiful he couldn’t “stick it”).

Besides his Chimacum friends, Ed is survived by friends Pat Copeland and Sarah Mall Johanni; Carol Gallup, who handled his affairs; and caregivers who became the family that helped him complete himself: Kathy Arthur, Jennifer Slater, Camille Hildebrandt, Nancy Papasodora, and Salena Prose (and Salena’s dog Babe, also much loved by Ed).

Memorial services will be held at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 30, at the Quimper Arts building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

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Holiday Updates!

Quimper Arts Holiday Party!!!
December 18th at 6pm!!!
At Elizabeth’s house (our President) – 1123 Van Ness Street, Port Townsend
The party is a Pot Luck and Gift Exchange!
Models are invited and spouses too!

Drink and Draw.
We are suspending Drink N’ Draw beginning now with the possibility of resuming it in the spring. Thanks for your support in this endeavor, we had a great time and drank some great beers!

 

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Jefferson Co. Fair Fine Arts Superintendent Needed Immediately!

Quimper Arts needs to replace Marc Perritt, the no longer functioning Superintendent of Fine Art and Photography for the Jefferson Co. Fair.
The position is available immediately. The position functions as the liason between Quiper Arts and the County Fair.

Responsibilities/Expectations
• Jefferson
County Fair – “AHOY THERE PIRATES!” is theme of next year’s fair. Position is to be in charge of Fine Art and Photography activities at the County Fair. Facilitate rules and reg. for entries.
Organize prizes and ribbons, People’s Choice awards, sponsored awards and followup. Solicit community sponsors.
Fair Board – attend meetings once a month.
Help County Fair Board with the following:
• Holiday Fair
• Spring Expo
• Garage Sale in spring.
Responsibilities could be delegated.

The position could be split, but we need someone to come forward to take this position. It is important to the future of Quimper Arts. We have use of the Arts building and pay a very reasonable rent because of this position.

 

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Two Day Perspective Workshop By Susan Spar

Two Day Perspective Workshop
Where: The Cutting Garden
When: October 23rd/24th
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM with one hour lunch
Cost: $60

Susan Spar and Courtney Estevenin, both former students of Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, are offering a two day workshop on Perspective. Originally limited to Susan Spar’s students, Susan has opened it up to five additional students. There are two spaces still available for this great opportunity at a very good price of $60 for two days. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan at 360-457-6994 or email her at pinehillstudio@msn.com no later than Friday, October 18th. These spots are allocated on a first come, first served basis and the workshop will be closed once the spots are filled. A $30 deposit is requested to hold your space.

The workshop is tailored to perspective as an artist would utilize it:

Explanation and practicum (how to) of the terms “vanishing point”, “eye level”, “horizon line”, “picture plane”, one-point, two-point and three-point perspective. Presentations will also include a short history of the concept of perspective and its use in composition using visual aids. Drawing ellipses in perspective and plotting a cast shadow will also be covered. This is practicum as well as discussion so students actually learn how to use and incorporate these tools.

Morning sessions will consist of presentation and discussion and limited practicum with afternoons devoted to break outs where students can work together in small groups on various problems of their choice while the instructors come around to offer suggestions and direction.

Lots of illustrations and practical hands on of these concepts.

Susan Martin Spar

http://www.susanspar.com

http://www.susanmartinspar.blogspot.com

http://www.musensbysusan.blogspot.com

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Quimper Arts Membership Updates

Hello Quimper Artists,

It’s the beginning of yet a new membership year and it’s a good time to remind ourselves of some things to keep in mind when we attend the life drawing sessions. We are an easy going group and as such we balk at the idea of “policies”, but the following are things we should keep in mind as a courtesy to other artists and to the models:

Please use ONLY odorless solvents for painting and brush cleaning. This means no turpentine and no high aromatic solvents. Gamsol and Daniel Smith’s DS Sol are good choices.

Please keep cologne, perfume and other personal fragrances out of the studio.

Being on time when you can is best, but when you find you ARE running late, enter quietly and with as little disruption as possible.

Cell phones should be on vibrate or low volume ring.

Thanks and happy drawing from the Quimper Arts Board.

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Quimper Arts Updates – Sept. 2013

1) Quimper Wednesday drawing sessions resume again this Wednesday, September 4th. We resume our same times for the morning, afternoon and evening sessions.

2) It’s QUIMPER ARTS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME!!! Bring your checkbook, cash or your first-born, because it’s time to replenish the Quimper coffers!

3) Our Drink N’ Draw sessions are back down to once a month, the last Sunday of the month. Our next D N’ D will be Sept. 29th. The August weekly sessions saw some new models and some familiar faces. All the models were great and we’re looking forward to the continued fun and success of Drink N’ Draw!

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Jefferson County Fair Volunteer Sign-ups Reminder

A quick reminder that the Jefferson County Fair is coming up soon, and we need to help out with the setting up, taking in of the entries, volunteering time to be a monitor the Arts building, etc. We have all been through this drill before, so it’s that time of year again. It is our written responsibility to help with the County Fair, which is why we get the opportunity to use the Arts Building at such a reasonable cost. So please don’t forget to sign up on the volunteer sheets that are up on the bulletin board. It all benefits us, in both the short and the long run, and benefits the community, generates good will, and you will feel that you are contributing to the welfare of Quimper Arts! Thank you!

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