An Arts League of a Different Concept!
Kaz’s concept of an “Arts League” encompasses most art mediums, including performance arts, musical arts, spoken word, visual, fiber, sculpture, culinary, and many more genres. These are normally excluded in “Fine Art” leagues and shows. VCAS strives to bring them all together, integrated into a whole. Not unlike Frank Lloyd Wright’s artistic events at Taliesin West, an integration of multiple art genres is as “natural” as the desert that we live in.
Kaz’s diverse background in the art world has poerpared her to lead an encompassing arts league. She earned a BS in Sociology and a BAEd in Art Education with honors from Arizona State University, has had five different art careers and owned three successful art businesses. Kaz currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Art Alliance where she is a special Events Coordinator. Additionally, she is the Founder and Adventure Guide for a 2,600+ member Art Explorers Meetup group, plus a smaller private Select Events Community Meetup group.
Kaz’s other accomplishments include Native American teacher, college art instructor, professional/published photographer, photo-documenter of several Indian tribes, photo journalist, commercial artist of high-end Faux Finishes/gilding/Trompe L’oeil/murals/custom stencils, sculpture, Indian silversmithing, jewelry designer & manufacturer, designed & created stage sets, designed & manufactured interior design products, performances in community plays and talent work for a talent agency, and played clarinet and french horn in a band. She was a Docent for the David and Glady’s Wright House in Phoenix, AZ leading 76 tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificently designed round house.
She has created with charcoal, colored pencils, pen and ink, acrylics, resin, metal foil, watercolor, gouache, chalk & oil pastels, ceramics, metal, wood, semi-precious stones, B&W/color/video photography, a Native American series of etchings, fused glass, and mixed media.
Kaz has taught college-level Beginning and Advanced Drawing, and Design and Composition classes, and occasionally teaches Guaranteed Drawing, Color Mixing, Watercolor and Ink, Plein Air Sketching, very different Wine and Painting workshops, Mixed Media classes using special materials, Dowsing, custom Pendulums, Paper Jewelry, and her specialty, a Faux/Painted Finish course.
Kaz’s mission is to undo the widespread MYTH that one must be born with “talent” to be an artist. It just isn’t so! It’s all about how we “see”.