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Drawarama: A Drawing Workshop Series & Exhibition at Bushel, Delhi

Written By Editor on 9/13/22 | 9/13/22


DELHI, NY—Beginning September 18, Bushel is thrilled to host Drawarama, a three-week-long series of drawing workshops on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evening salons, conceived of by Mercedes Teixido, with the participation of artists Pareesa Pourian and Helen Quinn. The results of these sessions will fill the exhibition walls culminating in a Closing-Night event on Saturday, October 8. All are welcome! No experience necessary; materials provided. 

The workshop schedule is as follows: Doodlerama, an exploration of the doodle and the sketchbook, led by Mercedes Teixido (Sunday, September 18, 2–5 pm); Plants and Presence, an exploration of drawing basics through engagement with plants, led by Pareesa Pourian (Sunday, September 25, 2–5 pm); Surrealist Exercises and Speculative Imagery, led by Mercedes Teixido (Sunday October 2, 2–5pm). The workshops will include warmup exercises that introduce materials, movement, and vocabulary. Workshops are $15 (suggested donation), limited to 12 participants, for adults (ages 18+). For kids, Helen Quinn will lead Figure Drawing for Young Artists for ages 5+ on Sunday, October 2, 11:30 am–1:30 pm, $10 suggested donation. To register and for more information, go to Bushel’s website, www.bushelcollective.org or email info@bushelcollective.org.

In addition to the workshops, Bushel hosts Draw&Gather Lounge on Thursday evenings, Sept 22, Sept 29, and Oct 6, 5:30–7:30 pm. Come to draw and read aloud, listen to music, and other ways of engaging people, pencil and paper. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Finally, Drawarama closes with a Closing-Night Lounge on Saturday, October 8, 7:30 pm: music, collaborative drawing, dancing, and celebrating the collected drawings and collective endeavor during the show; free and open to all.

“When I teach drawing,” states Mercedes Teixido, “I am continually struck by how engaging and challenging and thrilling the experience is for participants. Drawing is an art form that bridges the worlds of the utilitarian and the conceptual, the beautiful, the representational and the enigmatic. I love inviting members of the community to enter a creative space that is so often sharply divided between makers and their audience. Teaching has long been part of my artist practice.” 

Mercedes Teixido is an artist working in the areas of drawing, textile, and performance. Her work and teaching are based on first-hand engagement, improvisation, and the gestures of the everyday. She is a professor of art at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and lives and works between Claremont and Hamden, New York.

Mercedes Teixido is joined in this project by Pareesa Pourian, a painter, poet, and plant student, teaching in the Fine Arts and Writing Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, living in Delhi, New York; and by Helen Quinn,  an artist and prop stylist who lives in Jackson Heights, Queens and Treadwell, New York; has taught at Parsons/The New School and NYU; and teaches art camp at Stony Creek Farmstead in Walton. 

BUSHEL is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-led, mixed-use space dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action. It is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. For more information, go to www.bushelcollective.org.

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