SVFAL 2015-16
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General Meeting and Program for September
Marcus C. Thomas | Flight of the Mind: A Painter's Journey through Paralysis

I am very happy to confirm that Marcus Thomas is our guest at the September 28 General Meeting at 10:00 am. We will show a DVD and he will welcome your questions after. There will also be copies of his books and paintings on display. Marcus has overcome enormous challenges. In his twenties after an accident, he became paralyzed from the neck down. Because of his father's efforts to make him a mouth piece to hold his brushes, he was able to persevere to become a renowned painter. We look forward to a full house. See you there!!!!
Michelle Hamilton


​​A General Meeting with a Program ​is held the 4th Monday of each month.

​​​​Programs begin at 10:00 AM at the Red House
Qiang Huang Workshop

Please email your name and phone number to Cheryl Keefer, Workshop Coordinator, Swannanoa Valley Fine Art League,, and to Cathy Skeen, Treasurer,, to be added to the wait list.

Wednesday-Saturday, July 20-23, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her current skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced.

As a self-representing artist, Qiang will also share his experience of marketing art using the Internet tools. He will demonstrate how to advertise artwork using blogs, websites, email newsletters, and on-line galleries. His way of using eBay to conduct on-line sales will be introduced, including image capturing, posting, selling transactions, and shipping. As self-discipline and an effective way of communication, Qiang will discuss his daily-painting practice.

Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) came from China. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Exhibitions. American Artist Magazine has featured his teaching in the summer issue of the “Workshop”. Visit

Workshop fee is members/$600, non-members $635. You may opt to pay a $200 deposit, with the balance due 30 days prior to the start date of the workshop, or pay the entire fee at the time of registration. A confirmation letter and supply list will be sent upon receipt of workshop registration fee payment. To register call or email Cheryl Keefer, 828-450-1104,, AND send deposit or full amount to Cathy Skeen, Treasurer, SVFAL, 350 Bee Tree Rd., Swannanoa, NC, 28778. Space is limited to 15 students, so email or call NOW. This workshop is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshop will be held in the Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 State St., Black Mountain, NC.

Refunds can be made prior to 30 days before the workshop. No refunds will be made after June 20, 2016, unless the workshop is cancelled.