Art Exhibit: APPRENTICESHIP, a Young Artist’s Journey

APPRENTICESHIP: a Young Artist’s Journey Learning and Growing Opens January 5 at the Drummond Public Library

On display January 5 through March 9, 2017

Inspired by the historical guild system of the master artist training his/her apprentices, young artist Aaron Folsom is on a path to becoming a talented painter. APPRENTICE: a young artist’s journey learning and growing is a large exhibit of work that underscores the professionalism that Arron has already achieved. As he studies and paints along side several master artists , his own unique style is developing. The opening celebration of his show is Thursday, January 5 at the Drummond Public Library. The public is encouraged to come to this reception to view art beginning at 4 p.m. Hear Aaron talk about his journey and answer audience questions at 4:30. Refreshments will be served

Aaron Folsom started painting at the age of six. He is the youngest student of the very popular international art teacher/artist Karlyn Holman. He attends everyone of Holman’s in-house workshops in Washburn,WI. In the winter through spring, he studies art with Wei Lan Lorber’s exploring and growing a palette of other techniques in watercolor painting and mediums such as pastel, alcohol ink, collage, painting on canvas and on masa paper. Aaron has also had the edges of his comfort level with painting tools pushed further by artist and teacher Tonja Sell.

The purpose of being an apprentice , although Aaron is not in a formalized apprenticeship, is to receive guidance, mentorship, teaching, encouragement, and honest feedback on the path to becoming an artist in your own right. Folsom embodies the expectations of the art apprenticeship system over a many centuries its history who have succeeded. He has an honest desire to learn, not only a particular craft, but the various attributes, qualities, and attitudes needed to be a respected professional. Learning is the number one duty of an apprentice. He must and does bring great eagerness and energy to his art work.

Already, Folsom is no stranger to art awards. Aaron won several Best of Shows and other awards since he started submitting art to display in area art shows. He received two “ Purchased Award” from the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, WI. His artwork is being displayed at their facilities. He is also one of the volunteers displaying his original artwork at the Northern Lights Rehabilitation’s hallway for residents to enjoy while they are doing walking therapy. He had his first solo art show in November of 2015 at Chequamegon Food-Coop, Ashland,WI., where he sold artwork as well. His paintings are available for sale in original, print and greeting card format available at Karlyn’s Gallery in Washburn, WI.

Following his painting passion does not keep Arron from becoming a well rounded and curious teen. He is 15 years old now and an active 4-H participant and a member of the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, He loves fishing, He is developing his musical side with piano classes. His parents report that his spare time is filled by chores and ready help on the family farm.

Enjoy this eclectic mix of two dimensional art forms from watercolor paintings, to pastel and collage on display at the Drummond Public Library through March 9. Paintings and note cards will also be available to purchase at the library.
— Mimi Crandall