Artist Diane Tuckman was born in Egypt and grew up in France. She traveled extensively throughout Europe surrounded by the work of some of the greatest artists the world has ever known. “Every time I apply brush to silk, my heart skips a beat! I am hooked on silk painting as it offers endless possibilities for unusual textures and colors,” Tuckman said. Tuckman will bring her incredible imagination to the Washington Metro region in Diane Tuckman Textiles & Photography: A Juxtaposition of Silk Art and Photography at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, beginning July 9, 2015.
Tuckman, is the co-author of The Best of Silk Painting with Artist Jan Janas, the book features the work of silk painting artists from around the world. Tuckman also publishes an international networking newsletter, which is titled The Silkworm, and serves as a forum for silk painters from all over the world to stay informed. Tuckman founded SPIN as a non-profit organization to promote the silk painting art form.
“My Tallit” is one of Tuckman’s works that is featured in the book, The Best of Silk Painting. The vibrant colors and beautiful designs in the work were inspired by her participation in an adult B’nai Mitzvah class. Tuckman encouraged her students to paint their own prayer shawl and gave them the phrase, “Your strength, my strength, from each other we will all get strength.”
“In collaboration with Jan Janas I co-authored three books: The Complete Book of Silk Painting, Creative Silk Painting, and The Best of Silk Painting, published by North Light. Seeking to blend my passion for silk and photography, some of my images are now printed on silk by Ed Noyce, a fellow fiber artist,” Tuckman said.
“It is a privilege to share the work created by Ms. Tuckman. She has a wonderful spirit and her art has a timeless quality that we are happy to share with the community,” said Cristal Toribio, Art Curator for the Huntington Community Center for her 2011 exhibition.
Tuckman is a gifted artist and her work is a reminder that art gives life meaning. With so much pain and chaos in the world, the creators of art provide another world view. Tuckman’s art provides a calm retreat from the very cruel and sad realities of life. There is beauty in the world and Tuckman helps to find that beauty in the clothes people wear and the scenes of beauty all around human beings. To spend an afternoon with her artworks provides a tranquil haven from a very uncertain existence.
Diane Tuckman is a treasure to the art world. Art lovers can view her work by visiting www.iteachsilkart.com. “Come try your hand at painting on silk! You will have the opportunity to paint a square and take it away with you. You will be amazed at the wow factor this experience will be! Join us July 9th from 6-8 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium for an opening reception and an opportunity to try silk painting,” –Diane Tuckman: A Juxtaposition of Silk Art and Photography Exhibition.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is a performing arts center that offers courses, programs, production, and art services. The Diane Tuckman Textiles and Photography Exhibition is one of the many great cultural and artistic programs offered at the center throughout the year. To learn more go to: www.joesmovement.org.