Monday, August 4, 2014

Barry Selman Demo at Monday, August 11th meeting

The Lake Granbury Art Association (public invited) meeting and demonstration will be held on Monday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Shanley House Gallery. The presenter will be Barry Selman demonstrating his water color techniques. (224 N Travis across from the library)

Energy and enthusiasm for art drive the next speaker at Lake Granbury Art Association's August 11 meeting. Barry Selman, a relatively new member of LGAA, and 2014 co-president with Lynda Robinson, will demonstrate his skill and passion for watercolor.

Soon after joining LGAA last year, Selman volunteered to help with publicity for the group, and offered many suggestions to attract new members and encourage those who were already participating. 

Selman is not a retiree with extra time on his hands (Actually, as a retiree, this writer can tell you there are not many retirees with extra time on their hands.) In addition to holding a full-time job, he does find time to guide and organize a bunch of newbie artists and others who are more seasoned, even some who can be lovingly cantankerous now and then.

Typically, an artist gravitates to one or more mediums.....oil, acrylic, sculpture, collage, drawing, watercolor, glass, pottery....the list goes on. Selman's choice is watercolor.

Selman believes that even if one doesn't choose to become a professional artist creating art can play a significant and rewarding role throughout life. Earlier this year with this premise in mind, he contacted a couple of local schools and offered to speak to the art students. Tolar High eagerly accepted Selman's offer. In the classroom Selman encouraged the youngsters to keep art as an important element in their lives, no matter what their chosen careers.

With watercolors in tow, he not only talked about art and its benefits, but demonstrated his creative skill. Going a step further, as he often does, Selman awarded two paintings to a couple of happy students. The lucky recipients of this gesture were Case King and Cassidy Phillips. Misty Cook, art teacher at Tolar, wrote, “Thank you again for doing the presentation; the kids were all very impressed.”

Most of Selman's work reflects tranquil country scenes. In May he was voted LGAA's Artist of the Month with his painting of rural mailboxes lined up before of a limp barbed-wire fence. One of the weather-worn, dented mailboxes is adorned with the red, white and blue of the Lone Star State flag. A viewer can just feel the Texas heat in this piece.