Corporate Identity

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Studio/Workshop


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Professional Activities

Guild of Papermakers

International Guild of Papermakers

National Association of American Pen Women

(President of Chester County Branch)

www.nlapw.org

Chester County Branch NLAPW

(President of Chester County Branch)

Tri-State Book Review Committee , Chairperson

Artist Equity, Philadelphia Chapter

Macintosh Business Users of Philadelphia (Board member)

Macs@PACS computer group, President

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Educational Resume

EDUCATION:

Bachelors of Education in Elementary & Library Science

Masters degree in Library/Media

145+ advanced credits in curriculum development and computers

Media specialist for 34 years in a middle school

Member of Delta Kappa Gamma (outstanding women educators)

Member of Tri-State book reviewing program for 40+ years

Guest speaker for Pa. Dept of Ed. In 1983-84 on microcomputers and the media center

Computer programs (6) copyrighted and marketed for library/media skills

Member of the board of directors for Pa.Learning Resources Assoc. In charge of the microcomputer area for 1985 & 1986

Varsity lacrosse coach for 24 years. In 1987 linda received the bronze national high school coaching award

presented in cooperation with Scholastic Coach magazine and Franklin Life for superlative performance and dedication to the student athlete. This award recognized a career total of over 80 victories. Linda was one of two lacrosse coaches in Pa. And one of 17 women coaches to be honored in PA.


 


 

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Artistic Resume

Philosophy (click here)

ART EDUCATION:

Bachelors in Elementary education with emphasis on art

Workshops: from various artists over the years

To name a few: Richard Bollinger, Dominic DiStefano, Sandra Giangiulio, Larry Kuzmin, and Carlton Plummer, etc.

MEMBERSHIPS:


Artists Equity(board of directors for 10 years)

American Watercolor Society associate member

Chester County Art Assoc.

Chester County Guild of craftsmen and Pa. Craft guild

Diamond Rock School Assoc.

International Guild of Miniature Artisans

Miniature Societies of Florida,Montana, new Jersey, Washington,D.C..

Pa. Society of Watercolor painters

Print Club(philadelphia)

Rittenhouse Square Art Association

OTHER:

Chester County Historical Society

Delta kappa gamma (outstanding women educators)

Main Line macintosh users group (board of directors)

Nea (national education assoc.)

Paect (Pa Assoc of Educational Communications & Technology)

MACS@PACS  Philadelphia area computer society (President)

Radnor Historical Society(board of directors 10 yrs.)

Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society

T/E Historical Society

EXHIBITIONS:

American cancer Society show

Artist Equity's Tricentennial at the Philadelphia Port of History

Bank shows:

East Goshen Fidelity, Devon Fidelity, Lionville Fidelity, Meridan

Exton Commons Fidelity, PNC Financial

Paoli Fidelity

Brandywine Arts Festival(September) in delaware (28 years)

Cassatt Mansion Art show (various years)

Chester County Day show (various years)

Chester County Retarded Citizens show (over 14 years)

Christmas in miniature at Chadds Ford Gallery (

Galleries- various print signings & exhibits

Historic Yellow Springs (30+ years)

Hockessin Art Festival in Delaware

Immaculata College Art Show (14+ years)

Miniature shows in CO.,FL.,OH.,NJ.,WY.,NM. etc.

Papermill gallery show

Philadelphia Art show (benefits Children's Hospital) (7 years)

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts show (15years)

Valley Forge Historical Society's miniature show (6 years)

Various juried shows throughout the U.S.

 


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ARC'S CHRISTMAS CARD AND PRINT:(click icon to download full image)

Linda McNeil was the artist for the 22nd annual xmas card and print to benefit Assoc. for Retarded Citizens in southeast Pennsylvania. The program began in 1966 with the first card being done by Andrew Wyeth. Since that time many well known artisans such as Peter Sculthorpe, Dennis Minch, Richard Bollinger, Sandra Gianguilio, and others have taken up the brush to further the needs of the handicapped. The artists that participate do not receive any monetary rewards other than that of using their talents to aid those less fortunate than themselves.

Linda McNeil chose the site of the historic grist mill in the Great Valley as the topic of her work. This mill was an important part of the community in the colonial period. It was the site where local farmers brought their grain to be ground into flour. This practice continued right up to the end on the 20th century. Although the building is still beautifully maintained by its current owners, the mill stones and other workings were taken to the Smithsonian for preservation.

Linda took several years to narrow down her choice of sites. She was limited by the restrictions that it had to be a historic site in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It must also be a snow scene suitable for xmas cards and adaptable for a print. Naturally there must be some red and some green to bring the viewers right into the season. It was also noteworthy in that it was the artist's one thousandth painting.

The painting of the Great Valley mill is a full sheet watercolor. It was accompanied by a limited edition print of 500, notecards, and Xmas cards. The sale proceeds of these items will help fund the programs of the ARC of Chester County.

Linda carries this print in her portfolio with all proceeds directly benefiting ARC programs.


 


 

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STUDIO/WORKSHOP


MY MAIN STUDIO CONSISTS OF TWO ROOMS. ONE ROOM IS A ART STUDIO/WORKSHOP, WHILE THE OTHER ROOM IS DEDICATED TO MATTING, FRAMING AND PULLING MY ETCHINGS. THE TWO AREAS ARE FILLED WITH SUCH ITEMS AS BIRCH BARK LOGS, PRESSED FLOWERS, STUFFED WILDLIFE, PIECES OF BARNWOOD ,ETC THAT SERVE AS REFERENCES IN MY PAINTINGS. I AM THE SOLE ARTISAN IN THE STUDIO. I PAINT WITH WATERCOLORS AND ENGRAVE, ETCH, OR DRYPOINT ALL OF THE PLATES MYSELF. EACH OF THE PRINTS ARE HAND PULLED WITH METICULOUS CARE ON MY MASTER ETCHING PRESS.
MY ALTERNATE STUDIO IS MY VAN THAT PERIODICALLY TAKES JAUNTS AROUND THE COUNTRYSIDE TO HELP ME TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OR SKETCH THE HISTORIC SITES. IT IS EQUIPPED FOR PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHING, AND TRANSPORTING MY ARTWORK TO SHOWS.
RECENTLY, I HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON AN OLD FASHIONED TECHNIQUE SIMILAR TO THE OLD HAND COLORED BOTANICAL PRINTS.
ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS IN MY ARTWORK IS TO DECIDE WHICH ASPECT OF NATURE I WANT TO DEPICT. THE SECOND STEP FOR ME IS TO DECIDE WHETHER I WANT A WATERCOLOR OR AN ETCHING FOR THE END RESULT. FLOWERS, WILDLIFE, AND HISTORICAL SITES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SPECIAL INSPIRATION TO ME. I LIKE TO GO AROUND PHOTOGRAPHING VARIOUS BOTANICALS, WIDLIFE AND HISTORIC OR RURAL SITES WITH BLACK AND WHITE FILM. I ALSO MAINTAIN OLD FASHIONED FLORAL GARDENS AS I REMEMBER FROM MY GRANDMOTHER'S YARD. CURRENTLY I AM FOCUSING ON WILDFLOWERS AND OLD STONE BUILDINGS.
IN CREATING MY PRINTS, I USE COPPER, ZINC, AND PLASTIC PLATES AS THE BASE FOR MY PRINTS. WHEN THE PRINTS HAVE BEEN PULLED, I THEN HAND COLOR THEM WITH WATERCOLORS (SOMETIMES ADDING GUM ARABIC TO THEM TO GIVE THEM THE OLD FASHIONED LOOK). THE BLEND OF THE TWO MEDIA THAT WAS STARTED BY EARLY PRINT MAKERS IS UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE IN PRESENTING A PRODUCT THAT HAS A CERTAIN ETHERAL QUALITY ABOUT ITSELF.
RECENTLY, I HAVE BEEN INCORPORATING THE TECHNIQUE OF EMBOSSING ALONG WITH MY WATERCOLORS AND ETCHINGS. THE ANCIENT CUSTOM OF HORSES WEARING BRASSES ON THEIR HARNESSES TO DEPICT VARIOUS THINGS HAS PROVIDED ME WITH MANY UNUSUAL AND INTERSTING DESIGNS. I TAKE THESE HORSE BRASSES AND EMBOSS THEM WITH SPECIAL HANDMADE PAPER. THEY ARE THEN COMBINED WITH AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR, MATTED AND FRAMED. THE RESULTING ARTWORK IS UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE. I ALSO ATTEMPT TO PRESERVE OTHER AREAS SUCH AS THE SEASHORE IN THIS MANNER.

 


 

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