Are you Ready? SKB workshop • Sept 17 - 23 • Gear up!!!

It's almost time to load up and head to Wyoming high country. Yes... before you know it, we'll all be gathering there in Dubois for yet another fabulous week focusing on improving and refining our artistic skills.

2017 Main Instructors

Suzie Seerey-Lester Acrylics

Georgia Mansur Watercolor

Caleb Goggans • Oils

Left: Suzie Seerey-Lester • Middle: Georgia Mansur • Right: Caleb Goggans

Suzie Seerey-Lester Acrylics

Color!! My class will be all about color. How to make your paintings pop with color. How to make your paintings more interesting with color, and of course I will be teaching marketing - how to get into galleries, how to photograph your paintings, how to frame, copyright info. We are going to have FUN.

Suzie Seerey-Lester is the wife of world-renowned Wildlife Artist, John Seerey-Lester. She is also an award-winning artist as well. She has won many distinguished honors for her artwork including Artist of the Year from the Ocean Foundation. She has exhibited at Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Art Museum's Art and the Animal Kingdom Tour, Coos Bay Art Museum where she received an Award of Merit, and Grant's Pass Museum. Suzie was honored by the Raymond James Financial Organization in "Women in Arts" as the first female wildlife artist from their collection. She has won Top 200 and Top 100 in Arts for the Parks, and has had her artwork published in The Best of Oil Painting book.

Suzie has sold pieces at Christie's and Sotheby's Art Auctions in London, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Honolulu Zoo. Her pieces are collected and shown internationally as well as in several galleries and shows around the U.S.

Suzie is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, member of Bennington Museum "Collection," an Associate with Distinction at American Women Artists, a member of the Artists for Conservation, a member of the Wildlife Artists Association, a founding member of Southern Plein Air Artists (SPAA), a member of Oil Painters of America, and a member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Her new book "My Painting is Done - Now What Do I Do?" was published in 2006.

Suzie and her husband John have been involved in raising funds for conservation for over 30 years. They both devote a large amount of time every year raising funds for their favorite groups. While both John and Suzie are a team, they individually contribute to their various conservation efforts supporting nature through art. In 2015, John and Suzie received the Simon Combes Award for Conservation.

She is licensed by the State of Florida as a Marine Turtle Rescue Personnel and received the Presidents' Volunteer Service Award for her work with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.

Over the years Suzie has worked with The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Audubon Society, The National Zoo, Honolulu Zoo, Society of Animal Artists, Save our Seabirds Sanctuary, Survival Outreach Sanctuary, Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, The Jane Goodall Institute, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, and the Zoological Society of Florida.

And last year, at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation's Dubois Workshop, Suzie was awarded SKB's highest honor, the Rose Award for distinguished service to the organization and its efforts. In addition, Suzie is an expert in marketing, sales, and studio management—"the business of making your art successful." And this will be the theme of Workshop classes.

Suzie Seerey-Lester Rose Award


Georgia Mansur Watercolor

Creativity/Mixed Media with Australian Artist/Instructor Georgia Mansur - This workshop will offer you the opportunity to explore mixed media in a sensory way by dipping a toe into your personal river of rich life experiences, memories and imagery to express yourself through creative experimentation. Using a wide range of prepared surfaces and materials combining acrylics, gels, pastes, digital grounds, fabric, fibre and other items to create hands-on (and like LIFE, sometimes messy) expressive pieces of art depicting simple but powerful messages drawn from the endless range of human emotions.

The most powerful art touches people on an emotional level and this workshop will give you the tools to access that power to express it through your work. Even if you are not a mixed media artist, this right brain, liberating experience will create a new pathway for self-expression that will transfer into your other work. Themes might include (but are not limited to) water, flora & fauna or the human form ~ your imagination and personal life experience will play a big part in your subject matter.

Georgia Mansur grew up in California and moved to Outback Australia in 1984. A new environment on an isolated cotton farm gave her a chance to look inward for a source of self-expression. A watermedia specialist, Mansur loves the ease of traveling with paints that wash up in water. She continues to explore and express her fascination with nature.

Having completed a BA in Communication Studies at CSU Sacramento, Georgia feels painting is another level to communicate that goes well beyond words. Making a connection with the viewer, truly touching and inspiring others is her ultimate goal. Georgia teaches painting workshops all around the world, including Australia, Italy, France, Portugal, Croatia, USA and the UK..

Memberships: AWS (American Watercolor Society), NWS (National Watercolor Society), IPAP (Int'l Plein Air Painters), LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters), CAC (California Art Club), AGRA (Australian Guild of Realist Artists), AWS (Australian Watercolour Society), ADFA (Australian Decorative & Fine Arts), past Board Member Arts Out West, Orana Arts Mentor Program. Official Artist in Residence Cunard Line Cruises 2015 • Featured Presenter, Plein Air Convention Monterey, California 2015 & Tucson, Arizona 2016, San Diego California 2017 ‘Watercolour for Newbies’ • Official Emirates Artist in Residence 2012/14, created blueprint for AIR program Emirates Wolgan Valley Luxury Resort, Blue Mountains, Australia • AIR Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, 4 yrs • AIR Cable Beach Club Resort Broome, Western Australia • Official Artist in Residence Emirates Wolgan Valley Luxury Resort 2012~ 2017 • Trained/Certified International Golden Artist Educator • Official Ambassador & Creator ‘Georgia Mansur Palette by Daniel Smith Paints’ • Regular contributor Australian Artist Magazine • Featured North Light Books SPLASH 15 & Exploring Colour • Studied with many painting masters in Australia, California & Italy • Finalist, Country Energy $35,000 Prize & many awards nationally & internationally.


Thomas Caleb Goggans

Great paintings are achieved through accurate drawing, confident color values, strong composition, an organized approach, and a clear vision. My goal will be to help each attendee to create inspiring artwork through demonstrations, info loaded talks, live sessions with models, and lots of time painting from life in the stunning Wyoming landscape.

Named by the Portrait Society of America on the "Top Ten in Tennessee" 2016 awards, Thomas Caleb Goggans is a Contemporary Naturalist painter, Studio teacher, and faculty member at Townsend Atelier.

Caleb's artistic path began in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the early age of twelve where he began as an apprentice under Gordon Wetmore, Chairman of the Portrait Society of America. During his formative training years, Caleb studied and worked with many exceptional artists, including John deMartin, Jerry Weiss, Bart Lindstrom, Michael Peery, and Randolph Melick.

These early foundations nurtured an appreciation of the Naturalist painters of the Nineteenth Century. The intrinsic humanity and aesthetic depth of artist such as Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, and Lepage, along with the Romantics and Symbolists, are a constant inspiration.

In 2003, Mr. Goggans moved to New England where he rigorously continued his studies at one of the only traditional art colleges in America, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. As an Adams, Wardlaw, and National Merit Scholar his work quickly advanced, thriving in the focused studios. Living in New England provided a rich visual and cultural environment, quick access to museums in Boston and New York, and valuable input from artists like Everett Raymond Kinstler and Dean Keller.

As always you will be able to choose instructors to work with during the week. And there is always a plein-air option for those that want to work outdoors.

Old Friends - New Friends - Great Experiences - Good Times The SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming, has become an annual rite of passage for many artists who have attended every year for the past 15 years. Every year the workshop's well-deserved reputation of excellence widens out to an ever increasing number of artists. The variety of instructors, mediums, and special features, to say nothing of the excellent meals... makes this the high water mark in many artists' year!

And as always... Hats will be inspected for proper artistic attitude.

A lot of artists come to the SKB Wyoming Workshop specifically to work on their plein air painting skills. Here is one of our typical Plein Air painting groups & Instructors out on location.

With great instructors, Great Food, and the amazing natural beauty of Wyoming high country... we're going to have another great year!

see you real soon September 17th - 23rd.

Pam Dean Cable / Executive Director / Susan Kathleen Black Foundation

It's time to double check all your arrangements & gear!

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