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Center celebrates artworks of its own

The Pasco Art Center's latest exhibit includes 96 works by its teachers, volunteers and students.

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002


Usually, the Pasco Art Center's rotating exhibits are by artists who don't work or study at the center.

The newest exhibit is just the opposite.

During June, the Pasco Arts Council is celebrating its own teachers, staff, volunteers and students, said Marj Golub, executive director of the council. The 96 pieces in the June exhibit are by a half-dozen center teachers and more than two dozen volunteers and students.

Some are completed framed paintings; others are partly finished and unframed. Some pottery pieces are unglazed; others aren't.

"The public needs to know that work doesn't just spring out full blown," Ms. Golub said. "This is what students do and how they do it."

A second goal of the exhibit is to educate people about what the arts council does, Ms. Golub said. "We're out in the community with youth outreach, working on the Crescent Theater in Dade City, working with CARES."

A collection of display cubes and rectangles in the center of the main room is wrapped in banners labeled "Building Blocks of Arts in the Community." Among them are grants, patrons, schools, artists, businesses, theaters, music, sponsors, donors and government. On top is a big banner that says, "CREATIVITY."

One of the most interesting exhibits is the row of five oil paintings of a Romanesque bust in front of a drape. The one on the left is by professional painter and part-time instructor Antonio Caparello. The others are by four of his students.

"Tony's classes are advanced, and they usually do what they want," Ms. Golub said. For this one, "he gave them an assignment, and it's a fairly challenging assignment" -- that is, to interpret this particular scene.

Caparello's rendering is rather androgynous; the second, by Betty Wilson is a very feminine, busty figure; the third, by Jana Withers, has come-hither, upturned eyes; the fourth, by Margie Stephen, is a jowly, sneering facade with a Rubic's Cube in the lower corner; and the fifth has a sweet, maternal face with a Ball jar stuffed with painter's brushes in the corner.

Another exhibit room is filled with explanations of painting techniques and supplies. One wall demonstrates perspective. Another explains Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph, the use of a leak-free technical pen that is adjudged "a perfect art pen."

"We've never tried anything like this before," Ms. Golub said of the exhibit. "It's kind of open house so the public can come in and see what we're doing. You might come in and say, "I could do that. I should sign up for a class.' "

A meet-the-artist reception is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14. Steve Boisen and Friends will provide music. Refreshments will be served.

"It just thrills people to see their stuff hanging on the wall," Ms. Golub said. "This exhibit just seemed like an interesting thing to do."

At a glance

WHAT: "Tooting Our Horn," an art exhibit

WHERE: Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday

WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until June 26; reception, 6-8 p.m. June 14

TICKETS: Free admission

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