CBI Artist-in-Residence

August 12th - 15th

Featuring Jacqueline Sullivan

During CBI's first-ever Artist-in-Residence program, we are proud to welcome Jacqueline Sullivan to Asheville. Jacqueline is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist whose works have been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs.  She well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words. 

Monday, August 12th through Thursday, August 15th, she will share her creative passion and 30 years of experience during workshops, a lecture and exhibitions featuring her works as well as those of CBI's workshop participants. 

The week's events are open to CBI members as well as the greater community. A portion of the proceeds from this year's Artist-in-Residence program will help fund the continued spiritual and creative growth of Congregation Beth Israel. For more information on the week's events, please don't hesitate to contact the CBI office: 828-252-8660. 

Jacqueline's work includes mixed media, collages, calligraphic art and handmade books; some of which will be available for purchase during her stay. 

About the Artist

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in Graphic Design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer.

For over 30 years Jacqueline has also been a teaching artist. She has taught workshops and week long classes for art retreats and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada. She has served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences. Jacqueline has published technique articles in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Pages Magazines. Jacqueline has a best-selling DVD - Acrylics: Textures, Layers and Metallics - published by Creative Catalyst Productions. Jacqueline is one of a handful of artists to become a Golden Certified Artist Educator for Golden Paint Company.

For more information, visit Jacqueline's website.

Art Workshops

The workshops are for all levels of artists and each participant will receive personalized attention and guidance. Most of the materials will be provided. All participants will receive a supply list beforehand and printed handouts referencing all of the processes presented in the workshop.

Tue. - Thur., August 13-15, 9:30 - 4:30


Marks are the lines, patterns, and textures ​in a piece of art. They can be loose and gestural, or structured and controlled. During this workshop, students will become aware of the personal rhythms and movements that guide their marks. We’ll experiment on small pieces, working with mediums like watercolor, inks, acrylics and graphite. Students will practice with various and unusual tools, including found and handmade objects. Marks will be combined with words, painting  and asemic writing and the complete works will create a class portfolio.

Cost: $325 + $15 supply fee payable to instructor

Monday, August 12, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Collage Journal Making

In this class students will paint and make marks on various media layered onto full-size sheets of watercolor paper. We'll experiment with gesso (a primer that creates a slightly textured surface) combined with ink and paints. The sheets will be  cut and bound into a 16-page book, then enhanced with collage papers, lettering and watercolor pencils. Students will be encouraged to incorporate creativity quotes (which will be provided) or quotes of their own. Other techniques covered include shape punching, page tearing, folding and collaging.  

Cost: $125 + $10 supply fee payable to instructor

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Lecture and Exhibition

Thursday, August 15,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Legibility - that is the question

In this talk, Jacqueline will discuss her process and philosophy of using illegible writing within her art. Her approach of writing within an abstract painting draws inspiration from abstract expressionism and intuitive abstract painting. Is self-expression the purpose of making art or is it an invitation to the viewer to enter into dialogue with the artist? Jacqueline will use slides of her works in order to demonstrate how her philosophy regarding typography and legibility has evolved over time. She will also discuss some of her research into finding the right products and materials that enable her to effectively combine the marks, calligraphy and words that examplify her abstract paintings and bookworks. 

This lecture will take place in the CBI social hall and is free and open to all. 

Art Exhibition

Throughout the week and during the lecture, Jacqueline’s original art will be on display for viewing, comments and sales. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Synagogue. At the lecture, the work produced by students in both workshops may be available for viewing as well.