Posted at 3:30 p.m., May 1, 2016

Clay watercolor exhibit coming in June

Show will display student, teacher work

The Clay Watercolor Workshop exhibit takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 7-10 in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will consist of work done by the students in the workshop.

The workshop’s teacher, Lian Quan Zhen, will also have pieces on display. Old work and work done during the workshop will both be available for viewing. The event will be open to the public and free.

Zhen will hold a viewing and will show the public a brief version of the featured technique the class will spend the week learning starting at 6:30 p.m. June 9 in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery. Both the exhibit and the artistic demonstration will be free to attend, and the public is encouraged to attend to show support for both Zhen and his students. Light refreshments will be served.

Zhen is a celebrated Chinese artist well known for his Asian style. While the workshop has no official theme, he’ll be teaching what he has mastered himself, techniques and skills that he’s perfected over the years in his own art. The students will be working with the materials Zhen has worked with over the years, including a type of paper that’s not usually chosen by watercolor artists to work with.

John and Esther Clay originally started the workshop in 1995 as both a way to aid local artists and a way to draw people to Cheyenne. Esther Clay was a painter who would often travel to other states to attend workshops. Both of them thought it would be a good idea to create their own painting workshop in Wyoming rather than traveling all the time to go to others. In doing so, they created a local learning opportunity for artists and attracted more artists to Wyoming.

The watercolor workshop is available to the public but is full. There is a waitlist that anybody can get on. The workshop is held yearly so individuals interested in signing up in the future may sign up for a mailing list that will send out dates for when the next watercolor workshop is looking for participants. The workshop is intended to build on past skills with new techniques, rather than teach people how to paint at all.