Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Artistic trio to display talents

City Art Works has a new exhibit, which promotes the work of three Minden artists. The "Painting, Photography, and Playful Art Show" will be on display through March 30.

"As with many of our shows, the Painting, Photography and Playful Art Show features the works of talented local artists," said Bill Cook, Assistant Director of City Art Works. "The three artists showing in this exhibit will delight art lovers of many mediums."

The three artists in the show are Linda Lyles, Glenda Collums and Danna Hassell.

Lyles began painting in watercolor in 1979, and today she paints in mixed mediums. In 1996, Lyles, who is mostly self-taught, was chosen by the Louisiana Egg Commission to paint the Easter Egg for the White House Egg Roll, which is an honor reserved to one artist each year from each state.

She is a graduate of Minden High School and Northwestern State University and is the director of Lakeview Methodist PreSchool in Minden. In addition to painting, Lyles is one of the few lady fiddlers to be found in north Louisiana. She has received various awards at the State Fiddle Contest in Natchitoches. She is married to John Lyles and has three children.

"Linda lives on a farm north of Minden," Cook said. "And her love for farm life and nostalgia can certainly be seen in her work."

Collums found herself interested in photography at an early age, but it wasn't until she reached her 40s that she began to indulge her interest.

"Glenda experiments with digital photography," Cook said. "She takes photos and turns them into works of art."

Collums, a Master Gardener, is a member of the Shreveport Photographic Society, and is a member of the Strumdingers Ukulele Band.
She and her husband Ronny make Minden their home.

Hassell, owner of Tossed and Found Metal Art cooking gear, welds to make her art.

Using scrap metal and her welding talents, Hassell is able to make playful art out of material others have discarded.

"I see junk differently," said Hassell. "On weekends I enjoy building whimsical sculptures. It's great to take something people throw out and make something new and interesting."

Hassell lives in her hometown of Minden with her husband Vic and two children.

City Art Works is located at 701 Main Street, and gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information on City Art Works, which is the Cultural Recreation Program for the City of Minden, visit www.mindenusa.com/mainstreet or call 377-3324.

 

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