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   Date:  Friday, September 13, 2019
   Upper Schooner Open Air Workshop with Wyatt LeGrand and Lawrence Rudolech.


A description:
Larry and Wyatt will be focusing on having a good time while painting.   The class will address each artist's ideas and approaches to painting a variety of subjects while working directly in the landscape.  

All color media is welcome.  As they are quoted, "Because we're not going to focus on 'how to mix that particular shade of blue', it doesn't really matter what kind of materials everyone brings...watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, ketchup and mustard...it's all good.  We'll probably talk more about 'seeing', picking subject matter, composition, and general color theory than we will talk about particular technique.

One-day on location in Brown County, Indiana.  Location to be revealed once signed up.

Lunch Included and served on location.
8a -4p 
$245 non members/ members $220 (member price by phone registration only) 

Please call 812-988-6185 for any other questions.


Upper Schooner Open Air Workshop with Wyatt LeGrand and Larry Rudolech

  • Lawrence (Larry) was born and raised in Madison, IN and much of his youth was spent at the local Boys Club in the arts and craft room. The Club's art instructor was also the local high school art teacher, Lou Knoble, and Larry gives both Lou and the Club credit for moving his art ability forward as the club even bought him his first set of oil paints. Though art was something Larry did well it was just fun until Lou informed him that he would be going to art school after graduating from high school. This came as a real surprise to Larry as he had no intensions of attending more schooling and besides his family didn’t have the money for college. But with the help and encouragement from many people, he entered a number of scholarship competitions and soon had the funds required for his education. Along with a number of competition wins came a growing number of colleges to visit, but after visiting the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis the drawing room was just to hard to resist. Larry knew he was going to pass on a fine arts degree for a career in graphic arts; after all, at this time you were told you couldn’t make a living painting pictures. Larry just knows that, because of this education which so many people had a hand in, he was able to spend more than forty years as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator with the last fifteen running his own design and illustration business.

    After retiring from graphic arts, Larry now spends his time painting both in the studio and plein air. Plein Air painting holds a very tender spot in his heart as that is where he first did his early painting as a boy. He now does almost twenty plein air events a year, big or small, he enjoys meeting the people and seeing parts of the country he’s not yet seen. This also provides him with plenty of material to paint from while in the studio during the winter months. His subject matter is normally anything found in everyday life, so he does not feel he needs to paint every detail.  He gives us as viewers just enough so we can finish the painting in our minds eye, after all he is not really dealing with what is in the painting as much as he is with the emotions he is feeling at the time he is painting it. This is why he says his work for him is only successful when he can feel more coming from it than what he sees coming from it. Larry has accomplished a great deal in just a few years as a full-time fine artist winning awards in both local and national shows as well as many awards in Plein Air events around the country. He also has been awarded Signature Status in the American Impressionist Society and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society.

    Artist Statement

    I am not certain why it is that I paint and I have often wondered why anyone would bother with it at all. It would be hard to find something that has not already been painted and I would find it hard to believe you could paint something in a way that has not been tried before. The only thing I have come to know is that I can’t stop trying to express what it is I see, or maybe even more so what I feel when I gaze on a sight as seemingly simple as a road covered with an early morning fog. I don’t think I see anything different than what others see. I am just trying to make sure they don’t miss the beauty that comes with the small and simple things in life. More importantly, I realize that it is only with God’s blessing that I am able to see sometimes more with my heart than with my eyes. So maybe that’s why I try to use my brush to express what others may be able to put into words.” 

  • Wyatt LeGrand is partly a painter from Bloomfield, Indiana.  He currently works from his hometown studio as well as teaches grades 7-12 at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  While attending the same school as a student, Wyatt was acknowledged by the community for his skills as an artist.  After graduating high school in 2005, Wyatt made the short journey to Indiana University, where he attained a degree in visual arts education four years later. 

    Edward Hopper said, “If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint,” and I agree completely, as my painting is a means of communicating all of those experiences and emotions beyond my verbal vocabulary.  It is the act of painting, I believe, that is more artful than the artifact.  The experience of making an image, whether it be a quick study or an attempt at a profound subject, always overshadows the final collection of marks.  I find the most satisfaction in that experience of putting brush to canvas, letting the things I see before me flow from eye to heart to hand to brush.  These actions, as they occur, bring with them a certain anxiety, excitement, and satisfaction that I cannot find elsewhere."

    Wyatt created his very first painting as a college student in 2008.  Shortly thereafter, Wyatt discovered plein air painting, had his first solo exhibition, and found good luck participating in several art competitions.  In the summer of 2009, Wyatt returned to his hometown and opened LeGrand Art Studio and Gallery.  Since his homecoming, Wyatt has dedicated himself to creating artwork in the place he grew up, sharing experiences with his students and members of the community. 

    Selected Awards and Exhibitions, Awards of Excellence, 2015 Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibit 1st Runner Up, 2015 Easels in Frederick Plein Air Competition, Paintings For Brittany Solo Exhibit 2015, The Venue Fine Arts Gallery 1st Runner Up, 2015 Easels in Frederick Quickdraw Competition Honorable Mention, 2015 Oil Painters of America Online Showcase, 2015 Top 40 Solo Exhibit, 2015 Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center Will Vawter Memorial Award, 2015 Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition Jury Prize of Distinction, 2015 Indiana Artists Club Annual Exhibit Looking West, Solo Exhibit 2015, Indianapolis Orchestra / Circle Theatre, Outstanding Scene 2015 Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit, Quick Draw Winner 2012-2015 First Brush of Spring Plein Air Competition, 1st Runner Up Artist Choice Awards, 2014 Plein Air Aspen Best Artist Under 30, 2014 Plein Air Magazine Purchase Award, 2014 Richmond Art Museum’s Annual Exhibit Perceptions, Solo Exhibit 2014 Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, T.C. Steele Memorial Award of Excellence 2014 Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition Merit Award, 2014 First Brush of Spring Plein Air Competition Artistic Excellence Award, 2014 Indiana Artists Club Annual Exhibit Meet You at the Fair Solo Exhibit, 2014, Plainfield Public Library Finalist, 2013 Plein Air Magazine’s Annual Competition1st place, 2013 Art on Wheels Exhibit Indiana Art Sanctuary Recent Work Solo Exhibit, 2013 Wiley Art Center Award of Excellence, 2013 Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition 2nd Place Award, 2013 Will Vawter Annual Art Exhibition Award of Excellence, 2013 Richmond Art Museum’s Annual Exhibit Paintings For My Grandmother Solo Exhibit, 2013, Shawnee Theater Best of Show, 2012 Minnetrista Open Space Exhibition 1st place, 2012 Indiana State Fair Oils/Acrylics Division 2nd place, 2012 Indiana State Fair Pastel Division Back Home Again Solo Exhibit, 2012 Bloomington City Hall 1st place, 2012 Artesian Juried Exhibition1st Place Award, 2012 Will Vawter Annual Art Exhibition Director’s Purchase Award, 2012 Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition Award of Excellence, 2012 Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibition Starting Points Solo Exhibit, 2012 Krempp Gallery of Jasper Arts Center Purchase Award, 2012 Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Paintout Best of Show, 2012 Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Paintout 1st Place Award, 2012 T.C. Steele Festival of Flowers Paintout First Runner Up, 2012 Brown County Art Guild Juried Exhibition Honorable Mention, 2012 Indiana Artists Club Annual Exhibition Reserve Best of Show, 2011 Madison Art Club Annual Exhibit IAC Board Recognition Award, 2011 Indiana Artists Club Annual Exhibit Honorable Mention, 2011 First Brush of Spring