Buck Hill Falls invites you to “paint the town!” Artists and aesthetes, we’ve got an entire week devoted to indulging in artistic pursuits just for you. Read more about 2019 artists, their work, and the art classes they are offering below.


Ann McGuire-Mitchell

This year’s Silk Screen printing instructor is a painter and designer who enjoys bringing her love of nature indoors with her art. Ann studied design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Much of her career has been spent honing her skills in New York with celebrated designers as Victoria Hagan, William Sofield, Sara Storey and Mary Howard. 

After living in Brooklyn for several years, Ann moved her studio to Buck Hill to enjoy a constant connection with nature. Ann says, “it has become her pursuit to create textiles infused with the magic of nature to help transform homes into havens of grace, beauty and comfort.” See her work at: http://www.annmcguirestudio.com/

Monday, July 15:  Silk Screen Workshop, Ann Mitchell, all levels, 9am – 12pm, Ann’s studio in Cresco, limited to 5 students

Mary Kate Reeves-Hoché

Mary Kate is the President of the Buck Hill Art Association.  She is a retired Vaccine Scientist and RN and NP, but has been an artist and interested in textiles since the age of 7.  In her retirement, among other things, Mary Kate teaches art to senior citizens, and sewing to children. She has had her paintings displayed at the Laguna CA annual Art Festival, and at the Brooklyn Art Library.  Fabric on canvas was a natural evolution of her love for textiles and her love for canvas painting. 

Monday, July 15:  Fabric on Canvas, Mary Kate Reeves-Hoché, Tennis Tea, all abilities welcome, 1pm – 3pm, limited to 10 students

All materials, scissors, fabric, glue, and canvas board will be provided.  The time slot will allow most people to complete the 8” x 10” canvas. 

Andrew Judson Rodgers

Returning this year is Andrew Judson Rodgers as our Oil Painting Instructor.  He is a painter, educator/administrator based in New Orleans. Andrew graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in painting and art history.  He received his MFA in painting from The University of Arts in Philadelphia. He was Chairman of the Art Department and art teacher at the St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, and then moved to New Orleans where he is currently Dean of the Arts for an Early Ed. – 12 college preparatory school, the Isidore Newman School.  Aside from his administrative duties, he teaches Introductory and Advance Placement Visual Arts; and also painting continuing education adults. He is excited for the opportunity to teach “Landscape Oil Painting” for the Buck Hill Falls Arts community.  

Tuesday, July 16:  Oil Painting -En Plein Air, Andrew Rodgers, Metzger’s Farm, all abilities welcome, 10am – 12pm, limited to 10 students

This 2-day workshop for all levels of interest will be outside, weather permitting.  It will take two days for this landscape in oils, beginning with basics in color, you will finish on Friday. The canvas provided will be 16” x 20”. Students should bring an easel, collapsible table, or lap pad to support the canvas. All other materials will be supplied, and this is free to BHAA Members.

 Friday, July 20: Oil Painting, Andrew Rodgers, 10:00am-noon, Metzger’s Farm, or other location to be announced.

This continuation of Tuesday’s workshop can be inside or outside. We will add color to our background paintings. You must be signed-up for Tuesday to participate on Friday.

Global Community Canvas Party


Join the Canvas Party! Each party includes a 4″ x 4” canvas and a unique prompt to get you inspired.  As a group, each participant will receive their own canvas and prompt. These will be displayed within the community before being sent to Brooklyn where they will also go on display in the winter.  In February 2020 your canvas will be exchanged with another artist in the global community. The Brooklyn Art Library will do their best to find your perfect art companion. Make art and make friends through art! Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project.

Wednesday, July 17:  Global Canvas Party, Tennis Tea, all abilities welcome, 12pm – 3pm, limited to 20 students

All supplies provided, 4” x 4” canvas, word prompt, and painting supplies.  Students are encouraged to bring other embellishments, or other media with which to work.

Aaron Krach

During 2018, Aaron was the Buck Hill Falls Resident Artist.  He returns this year to provide one class to the community. Aaron is an artist, writer, and educator, based in NYC.  He works with books, people, text, rocks, spray paint, vodka, and plants to make books, sculptures, prints, and installations.  He exhibits in galleries, book fairs, and public spaces. He’s painted with a frog, and collaborated with soldiers in Afghanistan to ship useless stones from Kabul to NYC.  His work has appeared in newspapers and email, on T-shirts, and in bookstores. Aaron’s work is in the collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art; the library at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, and Yale University, among others.  He teaches art and design at Parsons, the New School for Design, Purchase College, and Queens College CUNY. Read more about Aaron and view his work at: https://aaronkrach.com/ 

Thursday, July 18:  Aaron Krach, Artist-in-Residence leads a Collaborative Collage Workshop, 12pm – 2pm, Tennis Tea

In this class all students will be working collaboratively to create a series of community collages. Each person is asked to bring a book to contribute to the collage. Scissors and glue will be provided.

Linda Ross-Besecker

Linda Ross-Besecker will help lead our miniature garden design and build event.  At the Ross & Ross garden center, she blends her creativity and passion for teaching through garden-related classes and activities.  She especially enjoys gardening in miniature and can often be seen at the garden center greenhouse tending to plants for terrarium and dish gardens.

Claire Shenk Rodgers

The planters being used during the class were created in Claire Rodgers’ ceramics studio in Philadelphia by several Buck Hill residents.  Claire Shenk Rodgers has been working in and teaching ceramics for over 45 years. Claire co-managed and taught at 4th Street Pottery in Philadelphia, and founded and directed Washington Square Pottery, a pottery school in Philadelphia. She taught at the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA for 15 years.  She has lead “Pottery Walking Tours” of both the Philadelphia Art Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Claire has her own studio in the South Philadelphia – Italian Market area, and has given summer Alternative Firing workshops on Cape Cod for the past 11 years. Claire exhibits and sells functional and sculptural ceramics from her studio in Philadelphia, PA.  She is also represented by the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia; and Gallery 37 in Milford, Delaware. See her ceramics at: http://www.claireshenkrodgers.com/

Friday, July 19:  Linda Ross-Besecker leads a miniature gardening workshop using the planters made in Claire Shenk Rodgers’ studio.  Miniature Gardens, 1pm to 3 pm, Ross & Ross Gardens

All classes are free to association members or $55 per class for non-members (includes materials).

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