Long Island, New York artist Elizabeth Misitano arrives in Rockport next week to conduct a drawing workshop using the ball point pen. The workshops are offered free of charge to members of the Art Center. The three-day workshop is scheduled to start Thursday, May 17. Participation in the workshop at the Art Center is limited to the first 16 registrants. Spots are still available.

“Workshop participants will explore mark-making techniques - hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, scribbling and more. They will also learn two methods of layering color to create depth and form. The workshop will focus on creating a minimum of two finished drawings,” states Misitano

Elizabeth Misitano was born in Mineola, NY in 1985. She earned a Bachelors in Art, with a concentration in painting and a Minor in Art History from Adelphi University in 2007. She then earned a Masters of Fine Arts which a concentration in painting and artistic anatomy from The New York Academy of Art in 2011.

Her work shows both an appreciation for classical technique and the color sensibilities of pop art. She explores the concept of kitsch and memorabilia and their transition in and out of sacred relic status, and is fascinated with the feelings of sentimentality and nostalgia that people have for objects. Running the gamut between hi- and lo-art in both subject matter and medium, Elizabeth has settled into oil painting and drawing in ballpoint pen... For now.

In her career, Elizabeth has had a variety of opportunities great and small including covering Jon Bon Jovi with paint, standing on a glacier in Iceland with Annie Leibovitz and Liu Bolin, working in the library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and studying abroad in Italy.

Elizabeth currently lives on Long Island with her husband and two cats.

Evelyn Atkinson, Art Festival poster artist in 1998, established The Penny Redmon Fund at Rockport Center for the Arts with the goal of promoting artistic excellence and providing a vehicle to help developing artists further their skills and learn new techniques that can be applied in studio practice.

Misitano adds, "I am so grateful to the Rockport Center for the Arts for inviting me to meet their vibrant art community. I am looking forward to bringing my ballpoint pen techniques to Rockport, and learning from the many artistic minds in the area." Misitano will give a free talk over lunch on Friday, May 18 titled “Work in Progress,” in which she will provide details and anecdotes from her career as an artist.

“The Penny Redmon Fund Visiting Lecturer Series is a cross section of the arts and the humanities. The Art Center is thrilled to bring accomplished artists to Rockport to share their knowledge with our vast art colony,” states Elena Rodriguez, Curator of Exhibitions. The Penny Redmon Fund has had a prestigious list of artists since the series began in 2016: Andrea Williams; Lauren Amalia Redding; Jessie Brugger; Michael Meadors; and Diana Corvelle.

To register for the workshop and to order lunch from Kimmi’s Fine Foods, please call (361)729-5519. Lunch is $10.

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