Sterling Edwards Returns To Present Abstract Workshop

N.C. artist Sterling Edwards is set to conduct a five-day acrylics abstract workshop from August 15 through 19 at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. Known best for his abstract landscapes painted in transparent watercolor, Edwards has successfully added creating large expressionist abstracts in acrylic to his list of accomplishments.

This will be his second acrylics abstract workshop at Sunset River. In this class, he will demonstrate and explain his techniques for painting acrylic media abstract paintings on canvas. He plans to include information about painting on paper as well.

The popular instructor, who is well known in the area for his effective teaching techniques, says, “I am thrilled to be coming back to Calabash for this abstract class. As a visual artist, I am constantly stimulated by the never-ending variety of shapes and colors that surround us. It’s not enough just to replicate what I see, but rather to interpret. Combining form with color relationships and bold values, I feel compelled to express my thoughts and emotions with strong – and often stylized – shapes. What I feel about the subject draws me to the brush.”

Topics to be covered in the August workshop include how to stylize and abstract shapes; creating a balanced composition with an aesthetic mix of positive and negative shapes; creating special textures; and how to maximize design with overlapping shapes.

The Kansas City, Mo. native began painting at age 12, when his parents noticed his natural ability to draw and enrolled him in an oil painting class. Once introduced, he began experimenting with every medium available to him. After studying with watercolor master Zoltan Szabo, Edwards developed his own watercolor style and began conducting workshops in 1993.

He has been a featured artist in Watercolor Magic magazine and was elected as a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. His book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor: a Four-Step Process” was published last summer by Northlight Books.

Gallery owner and style consultant Ginny Lassiter said, “We’re always happy when Sterling’s at the gallery for a workshop. He’s an incredible instructor.”

The cost of the five-day workshop is $450. Contact the gallery at 910-575-5999. A materials list and artist bio may be found at under the workshop tab.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.