Society of Artists to host virtual mixed media demonstration

Karen Crittenden

Karen Crittenden, a mixed-media artist, will lead a virtual hands-on art demonstration April 13 for the Batavia Society of Artists.

The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be conducted via the Zoom video conferencing platform. To sign up, the public may register through the Society of Artists Facebook page, facebook.com/bataviasocietyofartists. Cost if $5 for non-members.

Members and those who sign up will receive an email with Zoom meeting details.

Those participating in the mixed media demonstration will need scissors or a craft knife, magazines with your images pre-chosen, old book pages torn or cut out of the book, liquid white glue and a glue stick, three colors of acrylic paint, which may be mixed if chosen; substrate to put the piece on (Crittenden says she will work on a cereal box side and notes that Dollar Tree has 8-by-10-inch canvas boards that will also work); paper towels or an old damp rag for your hands, an old paint bush of any size, and newspaper or brown paper to cover your work area.

Other pieces that participants may wish to consider are bits of fabric, ribbon, or rick rack (a flat piece of braided trim, shaped like a zigzag, that is used as a decorative element); cutout letters, flat back stones or glass pebbles (you’ll need to have really good glue for these, Crittenden says); a Sharpie or posca markers (the latter is a paint marker that can be used on a variety of materials), and a heat tool or hair dryer to dry layers.

Crittenden, who is also a photographer, owns and operates a niche craft store, Karen’s Yarn Paper Scissors at 550 East Main St., Batavia. She teaches there and offers a variety of lessons. She is a lifelong artist, learner and says she enjoys sharing what she does with others.

She first opened her shop in September 2012 after more than a decade as a social worker for various mental health agencies.

Crittenden is an alumnus of Genesee Community College, University of Rochester and Roberts Wesleyan College.

Growing up, Crittenden wanted to be either an artist or an astronaut. In those days girls were not “allowed” to be astronauts, so she worked to be an artist until in the 8th grade when the art teacher “threw” her out of art class stating that she had no talent. She didn’t do any art for many, many years until she discovered Zentangle, a meditative method of drawing. This drew her back into art in a very serious way.

Crittenden had crafted all her life and worked in the fiber arts, crocheting and embroidering. She also had worked on her drawing skills some and had them in her counseling work with seniors and people with developmental disabilities.

Crittenden says loves to share what she knows with others and believes that everyone is skilled in some form of art.

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