Influential art advisory consortium strengthening the intersections of visual thinking, visual strategy, visual culture and visual communication for the community. Established in 2006.
Located in Southwest Florida, Art Church is a group of evangelists artists or artists evangelists, which means there’s a lot of big ideas going on about original, creative, and unique art programs, people, and perspectives! Lovers of visual thinking, visual communications, visual strategies, visual curating and culture, you’ll find support and help in a wide array of creative challenges.
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1. About Art Church
In 2006, I climbed a 56-stepped staircase to a 4th floor walk-up at least twice a day in metropolitan Washington, DC. Once you ascended, you never wanted to come down again! So in that relative isolation of what was my cozy home life, I devised and formed the very first US female-Veteran owned full-service arts advisory, design studio, and stable of organized creativity experts.
At the time, I had no formal art education, but read everything [and I mean EVERYTHING] under the sun that had the word “art” in it. I knew I had something to give to the art world, and had no idea how. My motto was: “progressive art, global women, and creative empowerment” or “More art is more love.” Now happily relocated in Southwest Florida and vitally interested in creative enterprise and cultural building, I am actively involved in all things art.
Eight years ago, and with an unbelievable stroke of timing and luck, I formed the Creative Art Consultants International Network. The Network is an integrated social media platform that has grown to over 7,500 world-class artists and art organizations across the globe who are now using the network as crowdsourcing. Regularly updated with contributions and exchange, it is the equivalent of a leading-edge think tank for art, so come on over and join us NOW – it’s no cost to you, just loads of value!
As an independent professional artist, I’m also exhibiting self-taught, late-emergent, mixed-media art journals, visual diaries, and sketchbook pages in paper and book arts within the formal art realm. These artworks are concentrated in fields of personal geographies within natural elements, relational changes, and life’s journeys. You can read more about my process, media, and tools on the Statement Page. Or you can see our Washington, DC studio as featured in Cloth Paper Scissors Studio Magazine . Some of my recent art journaling work on black substrate can be seen in Somerset Studios Gallery Magazine [Summer 2012]. I was also recently featured in an article on World Net Daily describing my transition from a military mom to an artist of faith.
A former 15-plus year U.S. Navy, Federal & State government career in statistical analysis, public administration, and large-scale project management means that I hold many years of analytics, management consulting, leadership training, and public advisory information brokering. However, all that left-brain thinking had a very odd and unexpected effect.
As I tried to find pathways through what seemed at times to be unbelievable political networks within clustered and confused initiatives, I became uniquely prepared and equipped for the specialized right-brain work of artful listening, creative perceiving, and soulful loving. I fully believe in the therapeutic impact and applicability of the arts, education, technology, and creativity in all disciplines. I advocate for full expression aided by education, free speech, diversity, and imagination.
What that means is, I’m uniquely qualified to help envision, enlarge, and exemplify your best YOU based on sound practice, research, and contemporary techniques in the most artful ways. The work I do is part art studio; design firm; atelier; art and business coach; or creativity incubator. And in my spare time, I teach art to all skill levels and ages in a variety of workshops, camps and art retreats. You can learn how to grow your art and your heart. Pull up a chair and settle in for a bit because intense art and greater Spirit happens here!
Speaking invitations are invited from those seeking to understand not only how art saves lives, but more importantly, how art changes lives. I’m so excited to meet and work with you! Gift certificates are always available, as is our 10% Veterans Discount.
5. Shauna Lee Lange Artist Statement
I am listening, channeling, and communicating – through the interaction of beautifully intriguing color environments. Highly motivated by bright and vivid color forms, exchange of contemporary hues, and non-conventional color field manipulations, I am producing color theory applications for eventual large-scale public art as stunning psychological and societal tools. Most of my effort in initial works on paper is found within art journals, visual diaries, and sketchbook illustration pieces.
“Microcircles” is a 2012/2013 illustrated example of an abstract series achieved via labor-intensive rendering of miniscule shapes of color. Upon closer inspection, one finds the subsequent formation of a community of thousands of amorphous hand-drawn forms. Inspired by Neo-Pointillism with intricate, cellular-like detail, a new whole out of a sum of parts is achieving and challenging complex communities of layering perceptions. Here, the relationship of one standing next to another creates a third, bonded entity.
My thematic concentrations include personal geographies and organic change. I am learning to embrace the fact that I am a cross-discipline big systems thinker, a true analyst who is always searching for larger meaning. The intersecting space and light are becoming more highlighted in unusual and unexpected ways, perhaps in larger-sized clean and clear simplicities within a concentrated chaos.
Artwork decisions are made based on disposition and composition. When an idea has solidified (often mid-process), I go searching for thoughts previously cast aside. I compile the theme, figure out the components, design for the conveyance, and then I define and interpret intuitively. Mirroring life’s holes, I am seeking not only to show an accomplished work, but to also accept the spaces between individual marks and to accentuate them. My techniques are rough, experimental, and constantly progressing. Often used materials include pen & ink, marker, and increasingly watercolor. Collage pieces, executed when a break is needed, are focused through ephemera on construction and unity, yet still pressing the boundaries of color patterning.
Another example of challenging the norm can be found in “Provocateur.” A 2013 series in digital photography and social media, it features controversial life-size photographs of the self as a professionally independent career artist in technology applications, associations, and branding experimentations using the female form.
When my college-aged daughter departed to attend art school in New York, I found myself alone in a cavernous empty-nest syndrome. A great deal of time was spent reflecting on who I had become, where I had been, and what there was left to love. During that experience, I remembered childhood memories of the public library’s mobile art van that used to visit weekly at the end of our street in New England. How happy I was for the creative outlet.
A current daily practice, now based out of Southwest Florida, grows out of these life transitions and the late-aged gift of a son. Still exploring how all the pieces come together, attempting to make a statement or map of sorts for a new and uncertain future, I am challenging myself to overcome half a life lived without a dedicated focus on art. I am also learning how to harness and master what now borders on overflowing, compelling compulsion. I am self-taught, mid-career, and hopeful that the work meets the figurative and literal other, wherever it may exist.
6. Shauna Lee Lange Art Resume
This art resume reflects my professional accomplishments as of January 2014. Information about a former career in U.S. Federal Government management and program analytics is also available.
Born United States 1963. Works and resides in Southwest Florida since 2011. Self-taught visionary artist, administrator, and arts advisor. Holds curatorial experience in the visual and fine art industries with depth and breadth in managing a broad range of demands as a creative leader. Driven arts advocate, speaker, and proponent. Responsible and informative communications with a variety of stakeholders on highly complex and descriptive projects and materials. Immersed in visual thinking, visual communications, visual culture, and visual curating via emergent technologies. Over fifteen years business and regulatory analytics with the US Government (US Navy Veteran).
education & certifications
arts administration skills
Creative Art Consultants International – Founder, established 2006; Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory – Founder, established 2006; Arts Writer – Editor, Idea Generator, Art Critique, Artistic Creator, Designer; Large Scale Public Art – Proposal, Design, RFP Process, Installations, Grants; Research and Analysis – Quantitative, Qualitative, Appraisals, Valuation; Project Management – Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Contract Review; Strategic Planning – Systems Thinking, Business Process Improvement, Time Management; Public Art Administration – Foundation & Relationship Developer, Collections Management; Consensus Builder – Leader & Organizer, Communicator and Coach; Arts Educator – Workshops, Lectures, Program Development, Seminars; Art Fairs & Festivals – Organizer, Exhibitor, Promoter; Social Media Networking – LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress
grants & awards
selected public relations/media/bibliography
selected foundational development & arts advocacy
workshops & classes
7. Artist’s Way Workshops
Art Church leads groups and individuals in the study of the relationship between creativity and spirituality. Using Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way as a springboard, we address the societal and personal barriers that exist to prevent us from becoming the fully realized creative people that God wants us to be. The first hour of each class is discussion within the group and the second hour consists of a meditative creative activity that is totally process oriented. The outcome of these studies is a renewed spiritual depth and awareness of the fulfillment that can be attained by listening to the voice of the Great Creator and following our own unique path to become all that we are meant to be.
Art Journals, Visual Diaries, Sketchbooks, Faithbooking & Prayer Journals Workshops
Classes in drawing and painting and the combination of language and visual expression are also available in the home studio of Shauna Lee Lange, or at your home or facility. Contact me and I will let you know what is ongoing and what is forthcoming.
Liturgical Art Workshops
In Liturgical Art Workshops, the congregation gathers and we discuss the process, the history, and the importance of visual arts as a part of worship. The workshop includes opportunities for the congregation to participate in challenging dialogue and discussion designed to push the boundaries of stagnant thinking. Where desired, a collaborative art project is also launched. This enables the congregation to literally have a hand in creating visual art for their sanctuary and enjoy the fun and the fellowship of being together and working on a common project.