June 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History and The Danville Art League are organizing a workshop scheduled for June 24, from 10:00-4:00, at the Museum’s Swanson Studio.  The Workshop will be conducted by Sally Sutton, whose recent show at the Museum, Food, Farm and Community, was extremely well received.  You can find out more about Sally by going to her website, www.sallysutton.fineartstudioonline.com.  Sally’s brief bio and statement are below.


The cost for the Workshop for Danville Art League and Museum members is $135, Non-members $150.  The medium is oils and acrylics.  This is not a beginners’ level class and participants will supply all of their materials.  A list of supplies needed will be sent by the artist at a later date.  Maximum of 12 for class so please contact the museum by phone: (434) 793-5644 or email the museum at: learn@danvillemuseum.org to reserve your spot.  


Please email or call the museum back with your contact information by Friday, June 16, should you have an interest in participating.  Once we receive the responses, the Museum will contact you to take your reservation.  The Workshop can be paid in cash, by check or credit card.



Summer Peaches  36” x 36”  Oil on canvas  by Sally L. Sutton

This workshop taught by artist Sally Sutton will focus on the colorist approach to the still life and how to work from reference photos. You will learn how to see and punch up the color in your painting and some of the secrets of creating that delicious and vibrant color!


Sally will demonstrate and cover topics including applying paint in layers, building up the surface texture, color mixing and the use of brush strokes for an energy filled finished work using acrylic or oils.


She will take you through step by step and help you paint a colorful still life and give you tips on how to work from a photograph.  Workshop attendees will be responsible for furnishing their own supplies and may use oil or acrylic paints. Please bring a canvas in any size but a smaller size is recommended due to the time available.


Sally L. Sutton

Biography and Statement


Sally Sutton grew up in Culver City California and received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach.  She completed programs in painting and illustration at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.  In May, 2013 she completed her Masters Degree in drawing and painting at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She has been an adjunct professor at Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina teaching painting and art appreciation. Currently, she is teaching private workshops and small painting classes.


Sutton’s work has been exhibited in Tokyo at the Genkan Gallery of the Tokyo American Club, in the Meiji Gallery in Ginza, and in numerous shows in the United States.  Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and abroad.  These include GlaxoSmithKline, SAS Institute, Northern Telecom Japan, Bank of America, Sun Trust, UNC Hospitals and Duke Medical Center.


I enjoy the challenge of capturing light and experimenting with rich and bright color combinations and contrasting them with deep shadows using brush strokes that create movement and energy in my work. I want my work to reflect what I feel about a place or subject and instill some sort of emotional response in the viewer.

I have always been intrigued with nature and enjoy painting en plein air in the surrounding countryside, local and beyond. If the weather doesn’t permit, I often use a combination of small sketches on site, reference photos and color notes and develop my larger paintings in my studio in Pittsboro, NC.”