Anna Koster's Art Adventures
Join me in my lifelong love affair with art. After serving as Georgia O'Keeffe's weekend companion in 1976, followed by a three-decade museum career, I am now teaching, writing, and making art. Read testimonials from my students. Sign up for notices of my writing, classes, and other art news. Visit our Facebook group. My latest article, "Two-in-One Show at OMCA Celebrates LGBTQ Culture," is is now online at Regarding Arts. I shot the photos too.
During my next trip to New Mexico, I will revisit the series I began decades ago in the ancient cliff dwellings at Bandalier National Monument. Georgia O'Keeffe denied critics' assertions that her work referenced sexual images. In contrast, I was very aware of the womb-like enfoldment of mother earth while I was creating these colored-pencil drawings while within the spaces dug into cliffs by the canyon's early people.
Testimonials to my teaching: Transformative, Extraordinary, Inspiring, Comprehensive
When teaching, I draw on my experience working for Georgia O'Keeffe. Exercises focus on composition and color and develop each person's inner creativity and spirit, mirroring the manner that O'Keeffe's creativity was ignited in 1915. My weeklong workshop "Lessons from Georgia O'Keeffe's Art, Life, and Landscape" at Ghost Ranch (New Mexico) includes plein air painting. See our Facebook Group.
“The week at Ghost Ranch was, for me, an extraordinary experience with a truly spiritual dimension; quite unique: the setting, the company, the artistic endeavor all came together to make it very special.”
— Alice Godfrey, retired physician, Aptos, California
“It was a pleasure to be in Anna’s class. I greatly enjoyed learning the basics of landscape art from a teacher who was patient, nonjudgmental, and encouraging. I also appreciate the consideration and time she took to point me in the right direction. Her help was invaluable, and I found that I could easily incorporate the lessons into my work.”
— Francisco Spaulding-Astudillo, student, University of Chicago
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Photo at top: Anna Koster in Minneapolis for the annual Association of American Museums conference