The Blue Water Art Association fosters creative expression and exploration for artists; offers opportunities for sharing, learning and advancing artistic skills; and provides a nurturing environment of support to individual artists. Memberships are $40 a year, which includes the following: membership to the Port Huron Council of aging, workshops presented by skilled artists, demonstrations by members, opportunities to work with live models, still-life sessions, a monthly business meeting, "gentle" art critiques from peers, and occasional field trips. Please note: You are welcome to attend meetings before committing to joining.
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The Blue Water Art Association participated in the Art on the River Festival, featuring BWAA artisan Mike Henry and other BWAA artists. The weekend was perfect and many came to enjoy the event!
“I have the need to tell stories. I want people to experience what I have seen and felt as an artist.”-Robert Fionda
Born in Dover, New Hampshire, Robert Fionda moved to the eastside of Detroit with his family. He lived there until his early twenties near the city airport and the Better Made Potato Chip Factory. It was there that Robert first showed interest in creating art while in 2nd grade at parochial school. Drawing stick figures, he was encouraged by his teachers. From this modest beginning, Robert grew in talent and skill to become a respected and collected watercolor artist with a studio in Armada Twp and an impressive art resume.
Robert was formally trained at Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Master’s in Art Education. Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent are Robert’s favorite artists. His work is influenced by their use of watercolor applications and brushstrokes in his medium of choice, watercolor.
The themes Robert usually returns to include tactile surfaces, florals with movement, imagery that holds emotional appeal, or a specific visual message. He doesn’t have a set style; he uses whatever solves the artistic problem best. When asked how long, on average, it takes him to complete a piece of artwork, Robert responded “It depends on a myriad of personal and artistic factors.”
Robert was asked how his personality is reflected in his work, he responded “My artwork reflects the visual experiences that have had a profound affect on me as an artist, it is important that I share that with the viewer.” Robert’s favorite work he has done is “Cruciflora del Christo”, watercolor. “A summation of applications and personal insights that was the cumulation of a series.”
Robert has been an honorary member of the Blue Water Art Association for over 10 years. In addition to his love of painting, he enjoys teaching and sharing his watercolor knowledge and craft. He has led a few workshops at the Blue Water Art Association over the years and is a popular instructor. “Art is important to me and the world because without a sense of appreciation for beauty of life through the arts, we then subject ourselves to a life that is less than fulfilling.”
Robert Fionda’s work can be acquired through his website, robertfionda.com or through New Century Art Gallery (www.newcenturyartgallery.com).