Dena Peterson

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Dena Peterson worked as a painter/animator on the Academy-Award nominated film, Loving Vincent, the story of Vincent Van Gogh as told through his paintings. It was the first full-length hand-painted animated film. Dena has been a painter for over 25 years. She was chosen as one of 125 painters from over 5000 applicants to help complete the film and worked on it for nearly 6 months in a studio in Gdansk, Poland in 2016. Dena has always been a fan of Van Gogh’s work and his style has been influential in her own. Since the film, she has studied him and his work intensely and gives workshops about his life and painting in his style, as she did for the film. Recently, she returned teaching and visiting the places he lived and worked in France, making him come alive even more for her.


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September 13 - Oct. 6, 2019


Channeling Van Gogh: My work as a painter/animator on the film Loving Vincent

Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, Salina Art Center

7pm, FREE

In this presentation Dena discusses Van Gogh’s life and work, including those artists and styles that influenced him, especially the art of the Japanese print. Guest will come away with an appreciation for why Van Gogh was considered the Father of Expressionism. Learn more about the making of Loving Vincent and hear what it was like to work as an artist replicating this master’s work.

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Cinema Q and A

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, Salina Art Center Cinema

5:30 Film (regular ticket prices apply), 7:30 Cinema Talk (FREE)

See Loving Vincent again, or for the first time followed by a Cinema Talk led by Dena Peterson.

First Friday Exhibition on Screen | Van Gogh & Japan: the untold story of Van Gogh’s art

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, Salina Art Center Cinema

3pm, All tickets only $6

“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art.

In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

Channeling Van Gogh: How to Add Passion to your Paintings (Workshop)

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, Salina Art Center Warehouse

10am - 5pm; cost $75 for Salina Art Center members ($90 for non-members)

In this full day workshop participants will learn about stylistic influences and the techniques practiced by Van Gogh. Then experiment with brushwork, color matching, and impasto paint application by copying a Van Gogh work. Finally, students will spend time creating their own Van Gogh style paintings.

Cost includes supplies. Students will break for lunch on their own.