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Featured Artist: Pat Banks

   "I believe art is an elemental part of us as human beings. A person without art in their life is like a universe without starlight, a carpenter without a tool box, a garden without flowers, a fish without water. It gives us skills, balance, beauty, wisdom, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and more to make our world a better place. You have to be able to envision of imagine something great or different before you can make it happen. You have to witness, discover, observe, experience, and explore the richness of your intimate world and the vastness of the universe to find visions that no one else has seen, thoughts that no one else has heard, and connect and share all...

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Featured Artist: Kathleen Esser

"Water color is my medium of choice. It allows an artist to capture the beauty of nature by permitting colors to flow and mix on the surface of the paper. The white of the paper also sparkles through the paints, adding a vibrancy that is unique to watercolors. A love of the outdoors is evident in my representational and semi-abstract paintings. Inspirations are sparked from divergent shapes in nature. In addition to watercolor, some paintings are enhanced by the incorporation of collage and/or pen and ink. Handmade or texturized tissue paper is torn/cut into shapes and adhered to provide interest.  Recently, I have begun to experiment with alcohol inks. They are a fantastic way to allow creativity to bloom. Special effects...

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