SKB’s Writer-at-Large

 

Bob Bahr
Email: babahr@yahoo.com

Bob has participated in Susan K. Black Foundation events since 2007. He writes about art for a variety of clients and was the managing editor of American Artist magazine for five years. For five more years, he served as the online editor for PleinAir magazine, and wrote feature articles for the print edition of PleinAir. Bahr lives in Inwood, at the northern tip of Manhattan, with his wife and two sons. He does not get weird looks when he paints in NYC in his cowboy hat because…you have to work a lot harder than that to get weird looks in NYC. If you have a story idea, email him.

Siblings That Rival Each Other in Kindness

by Bob Bahr You hear it so often at SKB events that it is on the verge of becoming a cliché: SKB is one big family. There are plenty of other workshops out there, and beautiful places to paint, and opportunities to get away and further develop your artistic skills....

Caleb Goggans’ Quick Draw at SKB Dubois 2017

By Bob Bahr Thomas Caleb Goggans painted a mountain scene for the Quick Draw event at SKB's Artist Rendezvous in September in Dubois. We photographed several stages of the painting's development and peppered him with questions while he worked. Here's what he said....

Small Works Winners: The Full Report

By Bob Bahr John Seerey-Lester, one of the judges of the 2017 SKB Small Works Exhibition, exclaimed before the awards were given out that the Watercolor division was particularly stocked with excellent paintings this year. "There were so many and all so good, it was...

What Role Should Electronics Play in Art Education?

By Bob Bahr It's not unusual for a 2nd Grader to own a smartphone in today's world. It's not uncommon to see a table full of teenagers sit in silence as their thumbs fly over their phone screen. Studies abound that warn about the dire consequences of modern children...

SKBers Gather to Help Shanika Raise Parks Funds

by Bob Bahr Ken Shanika, the Rose Award winner, artist, and key SKBer known for tutoring teen artists toward award-winning careers, put out a call for entries for two fundraisers this summer in Colorado. The response was rapid. "The minute I asked Wanda [Mumm] and...

One Student’s View on PLACE

We caught up with the lively and bright PLACE participant Dre during last week's event. Here's what he had to say. https://youtu.be/s_S8g9MIUp8  

On the Road and in the Skies With Watercolorist Georgia Mansur

By Bob Bahr Georgia Mansur is in demand. The watercolorist fills workshops all over the world, from her native Australia to France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico and… Dubois, Wyoming. Mansur is one of the three featured instructors for the Susan Kathleen Black...

Jocelyn Russell’s Monumental Accomplishment

By Bob Bahr Sculptor Jocelyn Russell had two years to finish a commission. That should be plenty of time, right? OK…even if the commission involves five full-size elephants and five lions? Now that is a stretch. It meant that Russell worked at the foundry during the...

How Do Birders Bird, and How Do Artists Go Birding?

By Bob Bahr One morning at the TexArt workshop SKB organized in Kerrville, Texas last May, James Coe led a birding tour through the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. Not surprisingly, the group of artists that joined him spread out far and wide. Most were wildlife...

Anthony Cannata Is Not a Tech Geek

By Bob Bahr SKB staffer Anthony Cannata will admit that he is especially adept at fixing things. And his knowledge of computers is plain to see. But he is not a tech guy, actually. And SKBers who have benefited the most from his help know it. They know that Cannata is...

How Steve Boster’s Art Helps Those in Need

by Bob Bahr Painter Steve Boster is lucky. He's had a successful career in medicine and is comfortably retired, so he doesn't need art sales to pay the bills. In fact, he's ready to give back to the world. So Boster donates all the proceeds from his artwork to his...

James Coe: Painting—and Birding—in Israel

By Bob Bahr In March 2017, SKBer James Coe joined a group of artists from several nations to paint and go birding in Israel and Jordan. Coe was participating in the Artists For Nature project "Bringing the Dead Sea to Life Through Art and Music," a collaboration...

Kim Diment in the Fishbowl

By Bob Bahr Several of the participants in this week's TexArt event huddled with Michigan artist and longtime SKBer Kim Diment to experiment with a method of drawing she has taught for decades with great success. They met in Schreiner University's Fishbowl, a...

Where Was Suzie When She Won the Rose Award?

By Bob Bahr This is an important question, because it indicates why she received the Rose Award in the first place. The Rose Award is an award not given every year at the SKB Dubois Workshop—only when there is a clearly deserving recipient. This past year, Suzie...

The Ultimate Greg Beecham Demo

By Bob Bahr Many SKBers have enjoyed watching Greg Beecham paint at the Dubois workshops, mainly at the Quick Draw event. Some have taken workshops with the artist. One person has received special attention from Beecham for six years. And that person strongly felt...

Mumm Honored With Solo Museum Show at the Hockaday

  By Bob Bahr One of the most gratifying achievements for an artist is to get a solo museum show. For Wanda Mumm, her exhibition now on view at the Hockaday Museum of Art, in Kalispell, Montana, is a "dream fulfilled." Mumm reports a good turnout for the opening on...