Award Winning Painter Bonnie Conrad To Present Workshop at Sorrel Sky

Portraitist offers instruction in weekend intensive focusing on portraying real life scenes

Sorrel Sky Gallery will host the workshop, Painting Real Life, with painter Bonnie Conrad, O.P.A., in Durango, Colorado on Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2016.

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Bonnie Conrad’s ability to use the play of light as it dances through a painting, and her attention to texture and the direction of each stroke adds character to each painting she creates. In this weekend intensive workshop, Conrad will guide each student through the process of understanding people and animals in motion, how to put ‘real’ into real life by using photos, and central to her teaching is instruction on how to make a painting ‘sing.’ The 3-day workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate painters and costs $325.

Motivated by color, Conrad uses it in her oil paintings to evoke an emotional response from her viewer. She wants the art enthusiast to hear the drum beat and feel the excitement radiating from a dancing Indian child; to relive a tender moment between a mother and her offspring or to taste the dust and feel the sun on their face as they view a western ranch scene. "There is something about a masterfully executed painting that touches the inner soul,” Conrad offers.

Conrad is honored as a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.), American Women Artists (A.W.A.) and American Plains Artists (A.P.A.), and has won several awards in these organizations’ national exhibitions.

Sorrel Sky Gallery presents its 5th Annual Artists Workshop Series to encourage artists to experience learning with master artists. For more information about workshop details, lodging and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555 or (866) 878-3555. A complete listing of workshops throughout the year is available at

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck,

and Ben Nighthorse, among others.

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