Painting of red flowersAnnual exhibition features watercolors, acrylics

About 13 artists will have their work on display during October at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, but these artists are also residents there.

Every October, the RWC watercolor class – taught by Callao resident and local artist Pam Bowers – displays the art they’ve been creating over the previous year. The watercolor, acrylic and alcohol ink artwork shows a wide range of expression through flowers, still life, landscapes and other subject matter.

Water painting“The residents love to see this exhibit every year,” said Bowers, who’s taught art at RWC for 19 years. “They know the artists, so they have a special connection, and they get to see what their friends are capable of doing.

“It’s so much fun for the students to see their work in a mat and a frame. And when it’s hung, there is something special about that. I hear students say, ‘Is that my painting? I did that?’”

Bowers uses group demonstrations to show various painting techniques, but then works with the students on an individual basis throughout each class. Students of all skill levels are welcome. The class is focused on enjoyment and technique and allowing each student to find their own style and inspiration.

Painting of a house“I think art is good for everyone. It is naturally therapeutic,” said Bowers, who has a background in art therapy. “Everyone has creativity inside them whether they recognize it or not. It’s just a matter of getting it to come out.”

RWC understands the importance of art, which is why it offers classes and why every month its Gallery Hall features the work of another artist or group of artists.

Residents and community members are invited to view the residents’ exhibition 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily throughout October in Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury’s Gallery Hall.

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