Eyes sparkling with excitement and faces aglow with wonder, a crowd curious to see artwork at Uptown Blanco Art Center’s newest exhibition opener last Friday evening had a special treat. Upwards of 150 plus people visited the center Friday to enjoy “Being Brilliant”, the official first student artwork exhibition held in UBAC’s Exhibit Gallery.
Students, family, friends, and community art supporters gathered to see the artwork displayed and hung with honor on the gallery’s walls. As each visitor walked through the gallery’s purple door, refrains of “Oh wow!” and “This is magical!” were commonly heard.
Carolyn Zbytovsky, an Art Center student and new convert to the wonders of being involved in the creative process, says she especially enjoyed being able to share her experiences in her Mixed Media/Assemblage class.
“Never believing I personally could ever participate in any form of ART, I am now a true believer in what our class instructor, Suzette Connell, has said; ‘There is an artist in all of us just waiting to escape.’ My time participating in an art session is my escape from the everyday hassles. It’s my time to get out of the box and explore new things,” Zbytovsky explains. “It’s a very relaxing change from my regular routine; not to mention the great friendships I have made in these art sessions. I may never be a famous artist, but the experience of doing and sharing in artwork is so very rewarding to my life!”
Marcy Westcott, another UBAC student, concurs, saying “Being in this art class has changed my life.”
“I have been challenged to go far beyond my usual painting,” says Connie Cameron, a student of Diane Hudson’s “Painting-Beyond the Basics” class. “I would never have been able to create my newest paintings without Diane’s encouragement and influence.”
“I cannot thank our Hill Country community enough for their outstanding support of UBAC and our programs,” says Mary Johnston, Uptown Blanco Art Center Director. “The Art Center is fortunate to have a team of accomplished professional artists who, along with our enthusiastic and talented art students, make the center a haven for expression and creativity.”
“I am amazed at the bountiful resource of art professionals/educators in our midst, generously willing to share their passion with aspiring artists and art appreciators, of ALL ages, “ Johnston shares.
Zbytovsky invites everyone in the community to join her and the other UBAC students in the joy of learning about creating artwork, saying “If I can do what I’ve done in my art class, even with all my past negativity on the subject, you can too! It has been such a good feeling to share my great experience and to encourage others to join me for holiday workshops, as well as join in the fun after the New Year begins. It is nice to finally be on the opposite side and tell others, “Yes! You really CAN do this!”
“Thank you Suzette, Peter, Diane, and Mary, our devoted instructors who attended the reception and shared insight with all of us! You and all the UBAC instructors have so much more to offer and share. Without you, none of this would have been possible. You make learning fun and exciting.”
UBAC invites the community to visit their gallery and enjoy “Being Brilliant”, on display through November 23rd. The exhibit highlights the work of students in five classes during the Fall 2010 session: “Stained Glass” with Peter Mangan; Clay Days with Mary Johnston; “Painting-Beyond the Basics” with Diane Hudson; “Mixed Media/Assemblage and Layering” with Suzette Connell; and work from students in Joseph Walsh’s Digital Photography class.
The UBAC Staff also invites everyone to join their Holiday Workshops, forming now. The kick off to these classes begins soon, so call the Art Center at 830-833-2514 to join.