As many of you know, registration for Squam Art Workshops begins this Monday, February 1st. As always, there is a lovely array of classes spread out amongst five different sessions. I am excited to be on the roster for the June and September sessions, teaching Book in a Day again with Marisa Haedike.
Gus Harper is also part of the Fall Session teaching team with a class called Diving In, and I'd like to go ahead and say that after you've taken his class and/or met him this September, please let me know how much you appreciate the fact that I pestered Elizabeth enough to talk to Gus about teaching and bringing him on board. Here's how the conversation went:
Swirly: "I think you might want to talk to Gus Harper about teaching in the fall."
Elizabeth: "I think I am all set with teachers, but thank you."
Swirly: "Um, no really, I think you need to talk to Gus. Trust me - he belongs at SAW."
Elizabeth: "No really, I think I'm all set."
Swirly: "Seriously, why don't you talk to Gus. Have I mentioned I think he would fit right in at SAW?"
Elizabeth: "All right, shut up already, tell him to call me."
OK, that isn't really how it went. Elizabeth is far too kind and gentle of a soul to ever utter words like shut up, but I have a feeling I was on the verge of pushing her to that edge. And who could have blamed her - she is the Director of SAW, is she not? And here I was sending email after email, trying to pester her without being too pester-ish, trying to convince her she needed to follow my intuition about what was best for her event.
Yeesh - some people.
But I am happy to report that Elizabeth and Gus had a lovely chat, and because of that I am here to tell you that Gus's class is going to be a great class, as he is an extraordinary force of creativity. I was in his studio the other day, and just standing amongst his latest work made me want to run home and paint all day.
Not only is Gus an amazingly talented artist, he is one of the kindest human beings I know. For any of you who have dreamed of picking up a paint brush, but don't know where to start, and are eager for a safe, nurturing guide to walk you through those first steps, Gus Harper is your man. If this class looked intriguing to you, all I have to say is this: SIGN UP. You won't regret it.
P.S. He's single.