Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

A colorful team


Upcoming event shows artistic abilities run in family

The upcoming show at City Art Works will be "a family affair," with artists Steve Wilson and his sister, Mary Ellen Wilson LaBua as the featured artists in March.

"A Family Affair Art and Tea" will be held March 1 from 5 until 8 p.m. at City Art Works, located at 701 main St., Minden.

LaBua, whose work is with water colors, started painting about 10 years ago while working as a counselor at Southern Arkansas University in El Dorado, Arkansas.

"My inspiration has been Van Gogh. I like boldness of color and movement to be reflected in my work," LaBua said.

"When I first started painting I would study the old masters and try and duplicate things I liked about their works. I love to travel and take pictures which serve as my inspiration for my European scenes in water color," she continued.

Her brother's featured work in the show will be his stained glass.

"I started doing stained glass in the early 1980's and have created original pieces for myself and friends," Wilson said.

He has taught classes in the past at Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Minden and has been on-call for a local church to keep their "beautiful antique windows repaired," Wilson continued.

Presently, he maintains a stained glass shop at City Art Works and is available to teach beginner classes on Monday nights or Saturday afternoons.

"The classes are about three hours long and run for two nights," Wilson said. "I provide all materials and instruction, and the student will learn how to cut glass, grind and smooth the edges, copper foil the piece and finally solder it together to make a nice stained glass piece that they get to keep."

Wilson, who graduated from SAU in Magnolia with a B.A. in Art, also offers more advanced classes for those students that wish to proceed further into stained glass.

He does repairs and will teach students how to repair stained glass, as well.

Food and live music, by a band of "Pickers and Jammers," will be a part of the evening's festivities.

Minden City Arts is residence to several artists who are ready to teach and train aspiring artists of all ages the creative techniques they have learned all over the world.

Larry Milford, artistic director for Dorcheat Museum – All Media Art. To schedule a class with Milford call 371-6750 or 560-6415.

Cynthia Sandidge – Music instructor. Sandidge recently moved to the area from California. For private guitar or piano lessons call 916-761-8554.

Steve Wilson – Stained glass instructor. For beginning to advanced classes call 371-0962 or 518-0265.

McKenzie Leopold – Drawing, design, oil, acrylic and jewelry. Leopold studied and worked in New York and San Francisco. Call 268-2606.

Jeanne Mason – Adult beginning art and drawing classes. For private and group sessions call 560-9909. Mason recently moved to the area from Dallas and teaches at the Barnwell Art Center in Shreveport.

Rebecca Tyree – all media including abstract, collage and metallic painting. Tyree is a highly successful commercial artist who recently moved here from Las Vegas. Examples of her work can be found at Ethan Allen, Ellis Pottery ad Red Door. Call 949-3745 or 840-1642.

Angel Matamoros – International Abstract Artist. Call 360-349-7560 for private lessons and/or business design or visit www.angelmatamoros. com.

Macy Colvin – Fancy Feet Dance Company. For classes in Hip-Hop, stretch, or clogging for adults and children call 268-0205.

Dan Gibbs – Community Chorus. If interested in joining the chorus call 425-4498 for auditions.

Assistant director of City Arts Bill Cook, teaches free yoga and stretch classes on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Cook is a published author, and an international dancer and choreographer. He can be reached at 540-3324.






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