About a year and a half ago, I saw the work of a man named Andrea Rushing on the walls at Queen Bee’s in North Park. I loved the elements of fantasy and mysticism in his paintings, and I put him on the list of local artists I’d like track down when I’m in the position to consider the purchase of art.
And then last fall, while visiting the home of a new friend, I saw that she had a couple of Rushing’s pieces. Although I wasn’t quite ready to make any large purchases, I sought him out just to meet him and see what he’s up to. He invited me to visit his studio, which I’ve since made it a point to do every so often.
This afternoon, I dropped by while Rushing was in the middle of teaching a class. His students, all women today, had an easy rapport among them. Two of them, a pair of friends named Cyndi and Cindy, said they’ve been working with Rushing for somewhere between four and five years. Another, Velma, said she’s only been working with him for about six weeks.
Although Rushing said, “It’s not about talent. Anyone can do it. The question is how good do you want to get,” I had to suspend my disbelief because what I saw on the easels of this afternoon’s class was far better than the stick figures I would produce.
The Andrea Rushing Academy of Fine Art, at 3535 Adams Avenue, is open for instruction on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fee is $210 for six sessions, which can be done in one week, three weeks, six weeks or whatever best. This includes only the cost of instruction. Students provide their own materials.