FINE ART AND FASCINATING DISPLAYS
Local Artist Betty Scanlan
Betty Scanlan grew up traveling the world with her Army family. Her mother, an oil painter, had a strong influence on her daughter's desire to one day pick up a brush and express what she saw. As a child, Scanlan won awards for animal sculptures, charcoal drawings, and paintings of insects and birds.
After raising her family and a long career as a nurse, Scanlan finally had time to take up her brushes and study watercolor. She has painted with many local masters, but the strongest influence on her art has been John Barnard. She loves his sense of freedom and whimsy. Her favorite old master is Cezanne.
Scanlan has painted watercolor for 15 years and enjoys painting landscapes both on the Central Coast and in the Sierra Nevadas. Painting brings a sense of peace and joy. One never knows what will happen to the colors as the water has its way with it. While she loves the surprises that watercolor can produce, she sometimes enjoys the control of oil painting. Her style is bold with strong contrasts and is evolving to be more free and impressionistic.
Local Painter Kay Eichert
As a child, Kay Eichert was always drawing pictures with anything she could find. Her interest in art carried through high school with many elective art classes. Many years then passed without art in her life as marriage, children, and a career took front and center.
In 1970, Eichert moved to southwestern Oregon and joined the Coquille Valley Art Association, later moving to San Juan Island in Washington, and then back to California where she continued to paint. Eichert states that she has been extremely fortunate to paint with some wonderfully talented artists, especially John Barnard, to whom she will ever be beholden for his patience and kind criticism.
Eichert's art will be on display the month of February.
Library Displays in March
The Paso Robles City Library displays in March include the art of Page Graeber and the treasures of the Santa Lucia Rockhounds.
Graeber has lived and worked in Paso Robles for 25 years and has won numerous awards. "This year I would like to display my newest directions in painting, which will include acrylic-mixed media-collage. Each large painting denotes an area of study found in our library!"
In the display case, the Santa Lucia Rockhounds once again present their impressive collection of fossils, rocks, "thunder eggs," and gems.