Demonstration set for LMAG Artists of the Month

Greg Johnson points out a feature of his underwater photography to Tom Leeman. (Courtesy photo)

Greg Johnson points out a feature of his underwater photography to Tom Leeman. (Courtesy photo)

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March Artists of the Month Tom Leeman and Greg Johnson will be presenting demonstrations of their artistic techniques at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery on Thursday, March 21.

At 2 p.m., Leeman will demonstrate how to draw people using simple geometry. With simple mathematical formulas he will show the audience how to draw proportionally correct people. Originally from Michigan, Leeman has lived in the Valley with his wife Marge since the early 90s. After retiring and moving here, he was able to devote more time to his painting hobby and has studied with some of the top painters in Texas. Working primarily with oils, Tom paints landscapes and still lifes, but his favorite subject is women. He is best known for his tongue in cheek social comments about women. One of his favorite paintings is, “Nothing to Wear.” It depicts a group of nude women in a restaurant lamenting that they have “nothing to wear!”

At 3 p.m., Greg Johnson, a new member of the gallery, will demonstrate how he uses lighting techniques in his photography. Born in Wisconsin, he studied to be a medical doctor and earned his degree in 1981. After spending 31 years working in emergency medicine throughout Texas, he now is the staff MD at Origins, a rehabilitation center for addicts, which is located on the Island. He and his wife Becky live in Laguna Vista with their three dogs. Greg’s passion for photography began when at the age of 11 he was given a camera on a family trip to Yellowstone. At the age of 16 he learned to scuba dive and now takes underwater photos. His inspiration comes from nature and all of God’s creations. Wildlife is his specialty. He says that “photography is all about light.” On March 21, Johnson will share these techniques and will teach the audience how to use these techniques when taking everyday photos.

Gallery demonstrations are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. So mark your calendars for March 21 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The gallery also has workshops planned for March. Beth Fedigan will be presenting her “Encaustic II Workshop,” a followup to her first Encaustic workshop that she taught in December. Students will learn how to paint with hot wax. It is an ancient art form that Egyptians were using over 1,000 years ago. Fedigan will cover the basics of encaustic painting, safety aspects of working with the medium and presentation techniques. She will also include material not covered in Workshop I. Students will produce four completed works in the two-day workshop. Workshop dates are March 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Linda Stair will return on March 25 for her one day Batik Workshop. To create a batik the artist draws a simple design on oriental paper, then uses layers of wax and paint to create the work. This process has been around for centuries. Each work is completely unique. Students are to bring an 11×14 piece of foam core to use as a working surface, old brushes for ink and paper towels. All other supplies are included in the price of the workshop.

Plein Aire Sketching with Virginia Eggert is held every sunny Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Students meet at the gallery. This is a free activity. A supply list is available at the gallery. For more information, contact the gallery at (956) 943-1407 or Virginia at

To sign up for any of these workshops stop by the Laguna Madre Art Gallery at 405 E. Maxan St. in Port Isabel (on Lighthouse Square) or call the gallery at (956) 943-1407.

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