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HOG2uNSVlLLE HOME NEWS - I'HURSDAY, ,Elq'. 26, 20U,: Artist Still Finding Is Learning Experience Smenner was Ridge, Georgia, :most of her life in Tennessee and in the coal rain- and hills of West Although Barbara Chattanooga, she from Woodrow h in Beckle; West first started her in Manchester in Green Apple Arts retail of art and well as lab- also taught others in different medi- projects, later the business of Arts and Frames art and offering cus- the public. In Barbara taught at College in the Education arts the month on the Show, WRBL-TV. )s on the shows. Barbara served Profitable Craft- Advisory partic- !in local shows and The Artist Guild has the opportunity to at Barbara won first the first annual in Columbus as other shows are at Callaway and Flying Colors Museum). is a master teacher organization United, Inc., and of TEAM and Educators of This gives her to share and other outstanding who also share their g and artists whether ama- of encouragement John, Barbara's ad, gives encourage- they travel across Barbara paints "en "(on location), abig for realism, also ACHIEVER- Barbara Smenner states, '1 have always had an interest in art.' sketching and photographing places like Sedona, Arizona, Ouray, Colorado, West Virginia, Kentucky and the hill country of Texas. Other travels, studying the history of arts, have included Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Barbara states, "I have always had an interest in art. It seems to be a part of me. My desire to create and paint goes back to early childhood as I painted on the daily news- paper with a small tin box of watercolors. My very small paintings always had lots of hills, with a moon shining in the back of the hills, and a tree with a fence to hold everything in the painting. I would find other things in the newspaper to paint and never thought that I was in need of anything else. We did not have the opportunities to learn about the joys of painting as we have now. "There were no art edu- cation shows on television or videos, although the schools that I attended offered some art, I studied as often as I could, so this became my first formal art training. My love for art remained strong and I continued to study as an apprentice with distin- -gmshed masterartists, all the time planning and preparing to work as a full time artist, adding to the knowledge of composition and vibrancy in color and light, sharing and teaching others all that I had learned. These studies also helped me find my love in oil painting as well as other mediums. Subjects that I like to paint the most are beauti- ful floral paintinl s, although portraits, wildlife, land- scapes, and seascapes are very inspiring. My dream is to keep painting and teach- ing. I have heard that if you enjoy what you are dong you will never call your job work again. I am blessed to love what I do and get to do what I love in teaching others the same joy that I have known through art. I find that art stu- dents desire to learn as much as they can, as well as they can, and as soon as they can. There is a hunger in artists to find out more about color, painting techniques, drawing and composition. "Children are especially easy to teach art and this is a big pleasure for me. Children don't say 'mine does not look like yours.' They just want to paint and are very eager to learn and proud of their works of art. "Art is important to indi- vidual development. Art is a way to express your feelings, and a way to feel good about yourself. Children who learn through art are apt to have better grades in school. ,'I have known art to have mind healing power; the abil- ity to lift depression, soothe troubled youngsters and bring people of all ages together. My students give a lot of encouragement back to me when I am teaching them. I feel that you will receive far more back from someone you have helped, than what you gave to them. "Very often I return to the classroom myself to learn as much as I can of new tech- niques that I can teach oth- ers. Returning to the art class- room also keeps me remem- bering how it feels to be a stu- dent and that there are no shortcuts to learning. We have to struggle sometimes to get to the level we want in anything that you desire more. I stress desire, because as long as you have the desire to learn, anyone can learn. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey. 'st Baptist WMU Members Gather General WMU of the First Baptist met Sept. 4 with Williams, Helen Lillian Howell, Garrett, Patti Phillips, Spivey, Fletcher Mavis Phillips Call to Order was Garrett and open- 'er was by Evelyn Spivey. Mrs. Garrett discussed possible projects during the business meeting. The bears will be completed at the Circle meeting. State Missions is in September. Reading of the minutes was by Helen Stephens. The program was presented by Joyce Williams, Patti Phillips and Mavis Garrett, who spoke on "Project Help: Restorative Justice" (prison ministry), "Ignite and Rekindle," and prayer walk- ing respectively. These were some of the topics they attended at WMU Church Leadership Training August 17 at Unity Baptist Church in Newnan. Mrs. Garrett gave the call to prayer, read names/places of service of missionaries having a birthday on this date and closed the meeting with prayer. q-'his is your invitation to visit njoy a Visual Experience The V'dlage Art Gallery and Studio of Barbara Smenner Located at the Manchester Mill October 19th 9am - 6pm Sign up for Art Classes - ages 4 and up - taught by Barbara Smenner Pick up a schedule for visiting master mists: Dorothy Dent, Gary Jenkins, Norma Poulos (Portrait), Mary Carole, Marie Merritt, Buck Paulson and Priscilla Hauser Ma Original Fine Art Gallery Selection of Art Supplies and Frames Come register early and get started on a journey of having fun and making new friends. Looking foward to seeing you and sharing a work of art with you. rlxr Smenner t BY AND Rt TO WIN AN ATV STARTS SEPT. 26TH--ENDS OCT. REG. $99.99 ROCKY RAIN GEAR WATERPROOF & BREATHABLE I Ill SUPER GAME SHOTSHELLS 12 GA. 3 3/4, 1 1/4 OZ. #7 9 LaCrosse "Fang = Snake Boot IHARMON'S! 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