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Pasco Arts Council's "A Student Sampler" show displays inspiration

Say "student art show," and many people think of kids in pigtails or soccer shorts painting big, round, red sunsets or making clay dog bowls.

Not necessarily so.

The "A Student Sampler" exhibit at the Pasco Arts Council's art center in Holiday through June 25 is by students 30 and older, and at least one has been an artist all his life.

"Keep in mind that every artist who is still productive is still learning," said Ann Larsen, executive director of the council.

George Holmberg (Prelude to Mayhem: Lightweight Weigh-in, rear gallery) has been a painter all his life, she said. He signed up for a class because, after a long period of painting alone in his studio, he wanted feedback on his work.

"An instructor can be objective," Ms. Larsen said.

Sure enough, Holmberg has added highlights to his work and brightened it.

"He was already a mature artist, but he came back to 'sharpen his saw,' as (author) Steve Covey would say," she said. Covey, who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, advocates stopping work once in awhile to improve your skills and learn new ones.

Holmberg is one of 13 artists whose work is in the show. Those in the show were chosen to submit two works by their instructors: Jo Baughman, Rose Gallo, Gloria Jones, Suzanne Natzke and Karen Woods.

"The idea was to show a variety of styles, media and subject matter of interest to our students, but also potentially to inspire others through student work," Ms. Larsen said.

Beginning artist Cheryl Mistretta's transparent watercolor Market Day in the front gallery would be such an inspiration. Her perspective, technique and spirit is that of an accomplished, seasoned artist. Maryellen Jozwiak's Repose, a pen and ink of a gnarled log, gives two meanings to the word "draw," as it itself is drawing and its content draws the eye like a magnet.

Nancy Caposey's watercolor End of July Atlin, B.C. suggests mountains and fields that might be seen many places. Her fascinating Gator Glow is very Florida, with its deep oranges that can be seen only on this peninsula.

A favorite with visitors and patrons of the center's gift shop are the small water fountains by Eberhard Basler, a retired engineer. His Crystal Waterscape, with its tight tea roses, large blue leaves, stark yellow sunflower and rounded shape, would be equally comfortable in a Victorian drawing room or an ultra-modern high-rise condo.

The classes are a two-way street, with teachers getting inspiration from their students, Ms. Larsen said.

"There's lots of camaraderie, lots of bonding, and a bonus is the inspiration students get from fellow students," she said. "Everybody comes with different experiences."

The show has a total of 25 works by 13 artists. About half are for sale, with prices ranging from $35 for Cher Gauvin's work in clay, Speckled Raspberry Bowl, to $400 for Ms. Caposey's End of July, which is double matted and framed.

If you go

Student show

What: Pasco Arts Council's "A Student Sampler."

Where: Art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday.

When: Through June 25. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. (Closed May 23 in observance of Memorial Day.)

Tickets: Free.

Pasco Arts Council's "A Student Sampler" show displays inspiration 05/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 4:11pm]
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