Nature meets a nurturer in art exhibit
Works fitting the theme "Nature, Naturals and Nurture" make up the August exhibit at the Austin Area Art Center. Three art center artists contributed.
Yvonne Jondal, a longtime member of the art center, has always had an interest in art. She sees art in nature, and it inspires her to create. She started out with oils and later took the leap into watercolor.
Most of Jondal's work consists of flowers, landscapes or abstracts. She also likes to integrate items from nature, such as driftwood, shells and pine needles, to decorate gourds and weavings.
Kimber Finnegan has natural materials that make up a large part of her artwork, including fabrics and natural fibers. She has worked in many mediums and has created many types of artwork, from watercolor painting, batik, jewelry to fabric creations, purses, scarves, hats and wall hangings.
Finnegan has taught elementary school art. With this background, she was a natural choice to be the art education coordinator and board member at the art center. Her philosophy is that if you look hard enough, you can find beauty in most anything.
The nurture part of the exhibit is presented by Lora Lee Bauer, secretary for the board of directors at the art center. Upon retirement, she decided to become Grandma Moses. Her subject matter gives the viewer an intimate, nurtured feeling, such as with her latest painting called "Drawing the Paramount." It pictures a local art teacher teaching a young person how to draw the Paramount Theatre.