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Painting of the Week: “Flamenco the Dance”


Image“In a dark, candlelit club in Madrid, a glass of Spanish red in front of me, my heart skips a beat and then pounds on faster. The commanding spectacle has begun. Clap, slap, stomp: The stage comes alive, the music beautifully haunting, the dance completely captivating, and just like that, I’m transported. I’ve entered the world of flamenco, a Spanish tradition of song and dance that goes back to at least 1774, when it was first mentioned in literature. On Nov. 16, 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. I am humbled by the performance, moved to tears by the sheer power of it. I can’t remember how many performances I saw on that trip to Spain, or how many I have seen since, but I know I was forever enchanted, a goner for this art form, haunting and passionate — nothing is held back. I painted this dance again and again, and would return to it as a subject matter anytime.

“This image recalls the dark bars and clubs where the only light is on the star of the show, the dancer, as she moves her body, uninhibited, as if the music were coming from inside her. I played the music of flamenco as I painted, let the feeling and passion of the song and memories of the movement of dance flow through me as I worked. Cheers to art inspiring art!”

Size: 36 x 36
Medium: Mixed media
Price: SOLD

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Meet the SSA Team: De anne Walters


In a new series of blog posts, I’d like to introduce the team behind Stephanie Schlatter Art. They’re the folks who are out on the street promoting my artwork, keeping the website and social media humming along, etc., while I’m in the studio focused on creating!

ImageMeet De anne Walters: She’s the face behind the maintenance of my website, my graphics work and all of my “tech needs.” Thank you, De anne, we would be lost without you!

About De anne: For over 16 years, De anne and DWATCS (www.dwatcs.com) have been serving the greater Grand Rapids metro area. From logo creation to expo design, from website design to search engine optimization, De anne’s 16+ years of experience has offered her many opportunities to explore, and satisfy, the creative needs of her diverse customers.

Electronic communications have become the largest part of her creative business. She specializes in the creation, maintenance and hosting of web sites, the setup and maintenance of the social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked In, etc.) to support them, and the search engine optimization/marketing (SEO/SEM) strategies to promote them all.

De anne has extensive knowledge of the creative design process of books, booklets, packaged materials, brochures, CD’s, business cards, annual reports, invitations, letterheads and catalogs. For more info, visit www.dwatcs.com.