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Gage Academy of Art
February 23, 2010

I have been a professional painter and until recently, teacher of art for over 40 years. My association with Gage began in 1993 when I was invited to teach at their Santa Fe Painting Workshops. Since then, I have taught figure and still life painting workshops for the school in '94,and '98 and am currently on their board of advisers. By 1993, when I initially worked for Gage, I had taught in dozens of workshops, but had never seen one run with greater professionalism which engendered in the students a dynamic spitit of investigation into all the components which coalesce into the creation of a work of art. I noticed that in the subsequent workshops I taught for them, this investigative spirit had matured and grown, so that I can confidently say that Gage is now the premier art academy on the West Coast. The Academy fulfills a number of functions locally in Seattle, in the West Coast art community and, I may add, to the country as a whole. Their students are nurtured in an ever more demanding and varied sequence of classes, ultimately creating a body of accomplished work over a period of years. The classes are taught by a strong corps of local artists (some recruited by the Academy from around the USA), augmented by a very impressive guest instructor roster of nationally known painters and sculptors. Some of my workshop students traveled from Canada, Japan and across the coutry to study with me. On the most rigorous level, the Academy offers an extremely disciplined Classical Atelier for very serious students, headed by a nationally known painter who already has published two art instructional books in drawing and painting. The Gage Academy is worthy of your most generous funding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the serious and professional atttudes of the students and staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, kind, considerate and thorough in every way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a building with north facing skylights in every room.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Taught and advised the school administration.