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Artists Creating Together and Keller Williams RiverTown to host fourth reception in local art series

Join us for a celebration and insightful conversation for local Clayboard artist, Nora Faber.
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The Many Layer of Nora Faber: About Clayboard Layering

Clayboard is a type of art panel used to combine mediums. Because the surface is highly responsive, colors become instantly vibrant and often stain, making Nora Faber’s layering technique especially tedious. What makes this technique different is that it provides the artist with the opportunity to layer and etch into the clay as well, a multi-medium skill that requires time, precision, and patience to master. The result is a series of purely organic pieces that appear in galleries almost as concepts, inciting conversation immediately. 

As part of a collaborative art series, Keller Williams Realty-Rivertown and Artists Creating Together (ACT) will be hosting an artist’s reception on July 28. This will be the fourth reception in the local art series collaboration, which aims to bring the Greater Grand Rapids art community together in a celebration of individuality and unique ability. All artists honored at the receptions are ACT teaching artists who have dedicated their time and skill to bringing art inclusion to people with disabilities in West Michigan and beyond. This particular reception will honor Nora Faber, a local artist who specializes in multimedia paint techniques.

Nora Faber is an artist and art educator living in Grand Rapids. For more than 15 years, she has worked as a professional art teacher at both public schools and the university level. She has taught ceramics and painting skills at Artists Creating Together, Kendall College and the Cook Arts Center. Her work has been featured in several galleries and competitions, such as ArtPrize, where Nora had a large display of clayboard paintings in 2013. Currently, much of her work is displayed at the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids.

Nora primarily works on Ampersand Clayboard. Her artwork involves a layering technique in which she paints initially with acrylics and rubs oils overtop the dried acrylics, creating a textured image that appears near-subliminal. She often etches into the acrylic to create shapes and lines, fully integrating the textures with the many layers. Nora has said that her works are often based on themes of worship or subconscious experiences.

“It’s a part of me that needs to come out,” Nora shared in a video highlighting her art. “I use it as art therapy.”

In addition to earning her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, Nora studied Psychology, integrating her knowledge of consciousness, healing, and spirituality into her artwork. Her unique background and abilities have made her perfectly suited as a teaching artist for ACT, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the healing and growing processes in the arts.

Nora has been teaching at ACT for a year, focusing her energy in early childhood development programs and graduate art classes. Nora teaches visual art in ACT’s Early Childhood Arts Exploration Program and ACT’s Arts and Mentoring Transition Program.

“I just love working with students with disabilities and doing art with them. It’s an incredible process.”

Please join Keller Williams Realty and ACT on July 28, 2016, for The Many Layers of Nora Faber: Artist’s Reception. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Business Complex of Keller Williams RiverTown, 4301 Canal Avenue SW, Grandville, MI 49418. The event is also brought to life by Blu House Properties.

Visit norafabergallery.com for more information about Nora’s current artwork and display. To purchase her unique and cerebral creations, visit her Facebook page at: facebook.com/NoraFaberGallery.

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