What’s Happening Mary Montague Sikes June
When I work on Yupo, I get lots of questions about
the process. After all, Yupo has a slick synthetic surface completely different
from the usual look and feel of watercolor papers such as Arches.
I discovered Yupo in the mid-1990s while taking a workshop with Mary Alice
Braukman in Williamsburg. At the time, we experimented briefly with alcohol
inks dripped on the surface and moved around with alcohol sprays. The color
shifted and moved as it dried, making it fun to watch. I was hooked on the
paper that wasn't. I did some research and found that Yupo, used for printing,
was manufactured in Chesapeake, Virginia. Since it was not far away, I went to
the plant and was given a variety of samples of some very large sheets of Yupo
in all the different weights they made at the time. I was thrilled. The
It was not until I discovered Mary Ann Beckwith in 2004 that I uncovered the
most exciting aspects of working with Yupo. She introduced me to the amazing
and intense Robert Doak paints that he created in his Brooklyn, New York
studio. Playing and spraying paint on heavyweight sheets of Yupo produced art
pieces like nothing I had ever seen before. I loved it. Mary Ann used her
background in chemistry, inspired by her chemist father, to lead her students
to the discovery of exciting creative results using a variety of materials.
Thanks to the wonderful teachers I have encountered along the way and the
growth of the Yupo market, my journey in experimental work has grown and
expanded. The more I learn about working on Yupo, the more I enjoy the process.
"I Love Yupo" is the title of my demonstration during the Saturday, June 23, 2 to 4 p.m. "Paris
Picnic” event at Prince George Art
& Frame on Jamestown Road in Williamsburg. Other gallery artists will
be working and demonstrating there as well.
Artful Animal Alphabet
An Artful Animal Alphabet features my paintings of favorite
animals. This is a hardcover book both children and adults will enjoy because
it is a colorful children’s read and also a fun coffee table book for those
with a special love of animals. Old Pompey, the last alligator that lived in
the lobby of the Jefferson Hotel, is featured in the beginning of my book.
Thursday, June 21
to 4 p.m. Book Fair
Friday, June 22
to 6 p.m. Book Signing
& Mary Barnes & Noble
of Gloucester St.