Among the barns, cows and rolling hills of Pennsylvania I found
Heide Kwestel von Borgwardt, artist and teacher, in her Art Barn -
the classroom, gallery, studio and her home. Class was in session.
Each student has their own wedge-shaped workspace that holds a
canvas, paints, brushes and paint thinner. Kwestel von Borgwardt
was demonstrating her style by painting on her student's canvas and
talking to all the students as she painted. This is where artist
and photographer, Patsy Zedar, of the Killington Arts Guild goes
for lessons when she is not in Vermont. At that moment she was
painting flowers in vases, little cottages and landscapes in the
impressionistic style. Zedar chose to learn about impressionism
from Kwestel von Borgwardt who teaches all styles of painting.
In the arts: Impressionism was inspired by Claude Monet's -
Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies; Realism represents truth,
avoids artistic conventions and grew after photography became
popular; and Expressionism expresses a personal point of view as
seen in paintings by El Greco.
Heide Kwestel von Borgwardt was inspired at age 16 by the Old
Masters, Vermeer was her favorite. Her Art Barn is in Honesdale,
PA, where the countryside and farms around her provide inspiration
(Patsy Zedar lives only a few miles up the road.) Kwestel von
Borgwardt says: "I work on linen and lean towards impressionism."
Her work reveals extensive and continuous study in Colorado - at
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design; and New York School of
Visual Arts; and Art Students League. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts
and a PhD in Art. She was surprised and interested upon learning of
KAG. How could you have an arts guild for all the arts where
painters, writers, musicians, photographers and sculptors work
together and support each other? She was impressed and her
perspective was very inspiring. What she says about painting
applies to many of the arts.
Patsy Zedar mostly paints in her own studio in a bright sunroom
that overlooks a garden of daffodils, stone walls and fences and
has a view that stretches over the hay fields where wild turkeys
gather. Everything there seems to inspire creativity-not for an
hour but for days.