Award-winning Duane Hada will present a two-day acrylic plein air workshop at Fairfield Bay September 22nd and 23rd.
Students will paint indoors on the first day, and outdoors on the 2nd day, as Duane demonstrates techniques and gives tips on painting with acrylics, including Golden Open acrylics, which dry slower and give the artist more time to mix and match colors.
There are only a few openings remaining for this class, sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Artist League. Interested persons may reserve a spot by calling Treasurer Bonnie Hookman at 501-884-6652 or President Joyce Hartmann at 501-745-6615. The cost for the workshop is $115.
When asked about his vocation, Duane will quickly tell you some days he’s an artist who guides anglers, and some days he’s a fishing guide who paints.
Duane’s recognition as both artist and angler has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, locally as well as nationally. His art has graced trout stamp designs, wildlife calendars, and trout regulation manuals. A very prolific artist, Duane’s originals adorn banks, famous trout and saltwater lodges, as well as the Governor’s mansion. His highly sought after art has helped raise funds for FFF, Trout Unlimited, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, St. Jude Hooked on a Cure, and numerous other conservation groups and organizations. He is the illustrator for Ozark Trout Tales, Home Waters, and created the popular 2005 Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation license plate with a White River rainbow trout scene. His angling peers have honored him with the first fly-rod Master Angler Award from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1989. He received the Silver Medal for coaching the US Youth fly fishing team in the FIPS Mouche International Fly Fishing Competition in Wales. His art and fly fishing has allowed him to travel and experience many of the great angling destinations of the world.
Duane’s clients are often eager to have their outdoor adventures memorialized by him. His sketches, acrylics or watercolors frequently become prize possessions as souvenirs for his angling friends. Upon receiving his recently finished flats scene, one client stated: “I may never own a Homer, but I’ve got a Hada.”
Duane most recently completed a long-term commission to paint the five waterway ecosystems of Arkansas for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.
More of Duane’s work can be seen at http://rivertowngallery.com/ on his web site.