Sunday Salon Artist Talk: Kinetic Oils, Propulsive Watercolor, Street Art in Amman

June 24th, 2018


1pm — 3pm

Featuring KINETIC Still Life Oils, PROPULSIVE Watercolor Illustrations & STREET ART IN AMMAN – From Illegal to Funded

Please join us at this popular event where we mingle and talk with artists about what they create. Help us grow this local Sunday afternoon cultural delight! This event is free to the public. All are welcome. There were 425 attendees at the exhibition opening reception. This is your opportunity hear more directly from the artist.

Art Ventures invites you to Sunday Salon Artist Talk where June 2018 featured artist Donna Phipps-Stout discusses her artistic process and its incredible results. Jeannie Hulen, associate dean of fine arts for the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences says Donna is “the painter’s painter.” We will also share a revealing narrative about venerated educator, architect and artist Moh’d Bilbeisi’s art as a representation of socio-historical truths.

A special talk, Street Art in Amman – From Illegal to Funded, is presented by global social activist, Taraf Eirani Abu Hamdan.

Bee Haven, oil on panel

Donna Phipps Stout received her B.A. degree in painting and drawing from Georgetown, College (KY) and her M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. She taught art at Berea College in Kentucky, after which she was adjunct professor of art at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis, and later, at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and John Brown University in Siloam Springs. Stout has received many honors including the Mid-America Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting and Works on Paper, and the Garman Still Life Prize, Salon Biennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

Thamud, watercolor on paper

Moh’d Bilbeisi is a licensed architect, artist, author, and Eminent Professor of Architecture at OSU School of Architecture. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Oklahoma State University and joined the faculty in 1998. Bilbeisi has taught, lectured, and conducted graphic workshops nationally and internationally. He has also taught at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and the American University of Sharjah in the U.A.E. As an illustrator, calligrapher and watercolorist his works are often noted for their unique dynamism, elegance, and technique.

Taraf Eirani Abu Hamdan is passionate about people and nature, she is an environmentalist and community empowerment professional with experience in West and South East Asia, North and East Africa, and North America. She holds an MPA in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Columbia University, and a BSc in Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences from the University of Arkansas. Taraf has been involved in grassroots community activities that center around environment, sustainability, activism, cultural preservation, human and labor rights, gender equality, and economic and political empowerment. Raised in an artistic household she developed a passion and following for the arts, and has witnessed the evolving art scene in the NWA region, and how it relates to the current political and socioeconomic situation.