Exploring Mandala Art with Beth Melton-Seabrook

11am-Noon, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Join us on the journey of exploration into the world of Mandalas.  We will discover the origin and ultimately a use for mandalas in our daily lives. We will begin with the basic structures of mandalas as well as finding our own personal style by doodling, coloring and playing with the circular shape.  In each class we will explore deeper by experimenting with different color combinations as well as different materials for use in creating mandala designs. Some of those materials might be watercolors, colored pencils, markers, cut or torn papers, or even found objects such as glass, shells, or other materials in nature.  Some of the art pieces we create might be temporary.  Other times we will use paper, canvas or wood surfaces to create permanent pieces of art.  We will also investigate the meditative qualities and uses for the mandala design.  We will use Mandala for the Inspired Artist as a guide and reference book.

Facilitator: Beth Melton-Seabrook was raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Beth portrays conventional, local images upon the unconventional surfaces of salvaged and repurposed materials.  She thrives on combining the unexpected use of ordinary objects with the natural beauty of local scenery and wildlife.

Beth began her formal training in the field of art at the College of Charleston in 1982.  She went on to study at Winthrop College with concentrations in painting and pottery.  She spent a year on exchange at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she experimented in such diverse areas as glass blowing, enameling, gallery installation, and art therapy.  She received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Fine Arts. Beth’s love of diverse surfaces has been evident over the years.  These unusual “canvases” have included interior and exterior walls, floors, fabric, glass, metal, clay, and furniture.

Her creations have received awards such as Best Children’s Room 1996 in the Mount Pleasant Parade of Homes, 2nd Place Best Display 2013 Summerville Flowertown Festival, and the 2014 Mayor Joseph P. Riley Certified Authentic Made in Charleston Award.  Beth has also been chosen as an Exhibiting artist in the 2014 Mt Pleasant Office of the Mayor Art Program and as a Participating artist in the West Of ChART Box Project.  In addition, she is a member of the Charleston Artist Guild and contributes a portion of the proceeds from her art to Charleston’s YoArt organization.

She lives, paints, scavenges for surfaces, and generally enjoys life in a coastal town outside of Charleston, SC with her very helpful Hubby, 4 daughters, 4 felines, and one very energetic pup!

She can be contacted via email at eandcoart@gmail.com or visit her website at www.elizabethandcoart.com