SKB Wyoming Workshop 2017 SKB workshop • Sept 17 - 23 • Registration Now Open

This year's Main Instructors

Suzie Seerey-Lester | Acrylics

Georgia Mansur | Watercolor

Caleb Goggans | Oils

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

Suzie Seerey-Lester | Acrylics

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 US. Suzie is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, Member of Bennington Museum "Collection", Distinguish Signature at American Women Artists, the Artists for Conservation, the Wildlife Artists Association, a founding member of Southern Plein Air Artists (SPAA), a member of Oil Painters of America, and 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 the 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

Georgia Mansur grew up in California and moved to Outback Australia in 1984. A new environment on an isolated cotton farm gave 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, 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 (Intl 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 Calif 2015 & Tucson Arizona 2016, San Diego Calif 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

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.

Instruction takes place in both traditional Art Class Room Studios as well as Plein Air

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. But every year the workshop's well deserved reputation of excellence widens out to an ever increasing number of new artists. And 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... Hat's will be inspected for proper artistic attitude.

Typical avid Plein Air painting group at The SKB Workshop

This is going to be another really great workshop. But it won't be nearly as good without YOU!

Hope to see you in Wyoming, September 17th - 23rd.

Pam Dean Cable / Executive Director / Susan Kathleen Black Foundation

Please Note: This Workshop tends to fill very quickly. 41 artists already registered in the first 3 hours of Open Registration... beginning today at Noon/EST. So if you are thinking you might want to attend this workshop in September you'll need to act fast.

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