Corona Library Gallery features four local Artists
The Corona Public Library Gallery will be featuring four local artists’ work September 10 through October 27, 2018. Andrea Austin, Anna Bourland, Denise Rowan, and Kelly Vela will each display their creative talents and showcase their work to the community.
Join an artist reception on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. in the library. The reception is free and open to the public.
I am a self-taught artist. I have always had a love for color and draw artistic inspiration from the things around me. As a child, I checked out “learn to draw” books from my local library and spent years drawing and creating colored-pencil artwork. I took a correspondence art course from Stratford University where I learned how to use other mediums. I found I enjoyed working with acrylic paints and began to experiment with them. With the support of my family, I have decided to share my work with others. This is my first gallery showing.
I have loved everything artistic and creative since I was a young child. Art and creativity became an outlet for me to cope with a difficult childhood. Art taught me to choose joy each day. Although the arts were always a driving force in my life, it wasn’t until taking an art class with a friend that I realized painting was a passion!
Not long after taking the art class, I received a difficult medical diagnosis and I turned to my acrylic paints and canvases. I painted all night. This is when my style began to emerge. It is from that collection I have sold most of my work. I live in Corona and have two amazing children (10 and 13) who also share my love for artistic pursuits.
You can say painting found me. I am a self-taught artist. I had originally drawn portraits but found working with acrylics much more creative. When I begin painting, I see an image in my mind and try to interpret that image on canvas. I love transforming the effects of light and color on branches, mountains, water, and flowers onto a canvas. I consider my art to range between impressionist and realistic. This is my first gallery showing.
“A picture is worth a thousand lives” The homeless pet population is an endless ongoing problem. The public is slow to spay, neuter and microchip their pets which keeps me busy photographing them. The idea is to take professional quality photos of available shelter animals with the goal of either reuniting the animal with its lost owner or of finding the animal a new forever home. The images are used by the shelters on their websites.
Since 2012 I have photographed over 10,000 shelter animals. My photos have had a 99.4% positive outcome for the animals. I donate my time to three local shelters and one day a week I open my home studio to local non-profit rescues to photograph their available animals.
I’m also an accomplished photographer and my work has won numerous awards in various art shows including receiving recognition from the City of Riverside for contributions made to the Art Walk. www.dosvelas.com
About the Corona Public Library Gallery
The library gallery allows local artists to maximize exposure to their artwork and the space is offered at no charge to the artist! Artists are supplied with a Gallery Coordinator who works with them on all the details of exhibiting their artwork. Artwork typically remains in the gallery for a period of two months.
Are you a new and aspiring artist? This is a great avenue to introduce your work! Are you a veteran artist? Focus on one area of your artwork. Artists do not have to be a Corona Resident. If you would like to learn about exhibiting in the gallery please call Trixy Betsworth at 951-547-1184 or email Trixy.Betsworth@CoronaCA.gov.