Artist for September-Shirley Rush Dean— Janet Flickinger
This show is a retrospective of work done during the mid 1900s at the Longboat Key Art Center in an ongoing etching class with Jean Blackburn. It was an experimental and labor-intensive process. Each painting combined three to four etchings printed on dampened watercolor paper with the watercolor added after the etchings were successfully printed and dried. If any of these coordinated images were destroyed, the whole project went down. Shirley holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art in painting and art history from American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Maryland where she taught Design, Drawing and Color Theory for 20 years and lectured in Design at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Before moving to Florida she created a 2-story ceramic mural on a public building in Bethesda, MD. In Florida, she turned from oil painting to watercolor because of the brilliant colors in the local scenes and was a Signature Member of the FL Suncoast Watercolor Society. Now she works mainly in acrylics. Shirley has received numerous awards and her work is in hundreds of collections nationally and internationally.