Addie Silk Art
Addie Chernus

Addie’s silk art paintings employ Habotai silk
as the canvas and professional silk dyes as
the medium. Addie works out the painting in
her mind along with questions of size,
techniques and colors.  
She always has a sketch book handy.
 The
sketch is drawn on vellum using Plein Aire art,
drawings and self taken photos. Silk is taped
over the sketch and traced.  
A water-based gutta resist is applied to the
silk to delineate form and create containment
areas.  
Addie paints in a watercolor manner
employing lots of colors, in many layers,
which mix on the silk.  
The dyed silk is steamed for 8 hours to set
and enliven the colors.  
Addie paints on silk with dyes because she
loves color, design and the luscious feel of
silk.  The goal of her silk art is to add
happiness to the lives of owners and viewers.  
Honors, Showings, Publications:
ADDIE SILK ART Plein Air Silk Painting in Europe, Art and Travel Book, 2014
ADDIE SILK ART Silk Painting Lessons, DVD, 2010
ADDIE SILK ART Silk Painting Lessons, Art Book, 2009
Addie Silk Art, Lessons and Gallery, Art Book, 2009
Tahoe Quarterly, Featured Artist
26th Annual San Diego Quilt Show
US District Courthouse, Maryland
“Sum of the Parts,” Surface Design Association, Kansas City, MO
“Emerging Visions on Silk,” Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
“Silk and the Bible,” Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
“Orchid Express Show,” Smithsonian Museum
Cover Artist, Silk Painters International 2002 Congress
Cover Artist, Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts
Cover Artist, PGA Golf Tour Art Auction, Kapalua, Hawaii
Peace Banner, National Traveling Art Exhibit
National Arboretum Art Show
National Academy of Sciences Art Show
Author, “Watercolorist’s Guide to Silk Painting,” Watercolor, Fall 1998 American Artist Magazine
Mural in a Day Artist (12’x48’), Lompoc, California
First Place and Best of Show, Fine Arts, Santa Barbara County Fair

Some of my Showings        
Wyland Galleries (one woman shows)                       Fire & Rain Gallery, Tahoe
Black Pearl Gallery, Tahoe                                       Tahoe Country Gallery
University of Maryland                                               La Jolla Festival of Art
Kapalua Art School, Kapalua, Hawaii                        La Quinta Art Festival
Arlene Siegel Gallery, Santa Fe                                Lake Tahoe Community College

Silk Painters International (SPIN):
Member of the Board of Directors. Vendor Coordinator for the 2014, 2002-2008 SPIN Festival. Advertising
Manager for SPIN; 4 years.  Wrote a column; “Ask Addie,” for the “Silkworm” 2008-2011.

San Diego:
Contributing artist for SeaChanges.org banner projects to bring awareness of environmental changes
International Quilt Festival, Workshop: “Silk Painting for Quilting”
Founder, San Diego Silk Guild
La Jolla Athenaeum, Teacher
UCSD Craft Center Instructor, Silk Painting Workshop
Mira Costa College Instructor, Silk Painting Class

Hawaii Classes:        
Taught workshops at the Kapalua School of Art.  Silk painting teacher at Maui Community College.

Lake Tahoe:
Silk Painting Artist Radio and TV Interviews
Lake Tahoe Community College: Art Instructor: Silk Painting 2002-present
“Addie’s Dancing Brush” live silk painting performances
Tahoe Arts Project (TAP): Organizer/Creator of the” Lake Tahoe Festival of Fine Arts” from 2001- 2003.  The
number of artists grew from 45 to 165 artists.  
In 2002 I taught 500 5th graders and High School students’ silk painting under sponsorship of the California
Arts Council.  
Founder, Lake Tahoe Silk Guild  

Education and Professional Credentials:
UCLA: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Point Loma College: Master of Arts in Education
Credentials: General Teaching, Learning Handicapped and Community College