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Auction to Benefit BHS Art Department
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 • Posted November 11, 2008

“Feathered Hope” Mixed Media Assemblage on Wood is a collaborative effort between BHS Art Students and Mixed Media Artist Suzette Connell on view in the BHS Library or Uptown Blanco Art Center.

While visiting Blanco High School as guest artist, October 2008, Mixed Media Artist, Suzette Connell, created this assemblage in collaboration with BHS art students.

“Prior to my visit, I asked that the Art Department decide on a theme then provide items fitting that theme. My goal was to have them directly involved in creating the artwork, even before I arrived. Throughout the school day, as I demonstrated how to create mixed media art, this piece took shape,” said Connell.

As well as owning her own business, Leaning Tree Gallery, Connell teaches Collage and Mixed Media Art at the Uptown Blanco Art Center. Several of her artworks are currently on display in UBAC’s gallery. After having seen her art during a field trip to the gallery, UBAC arranged for Connell to demonstrate mixed media to the students, and now plans to auction off the artwork during the Blanco Lavender Lights Holiday Market, November 28-30. All proceeds of the auction will directly benefit the BHS Art Department.

Connell says that her interest in mixed media evolved from her life-long interests in art, nature, words, travel, photography, and all things beautiful in creation. In fact, upon reflection, she believes that being a mixed media artist allows her artistic voice to be fully heard. She has received formal training and degrees in illustration, design, journalism, and fine art, but her interests expand far beyond her formal training. Her curiosity allows a continual expansion of her visual art skills. Beginning her career as a portrait artist, she has been a graphic designer, technical illustrator, display artist, writer, and photographer. Today, she continues her work through portraiture, photography, design, collage art, teaching, and as a printer of high end art photographs/artwork. Her work appears in an expanding variety of places, including private residences; businesses; Uptown Blanco Art Center; the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City, TX; the Old Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco, TX; and LT Framing and Creations Gallery, Wimberley, TX.

Contact her at suzette@leaningtreegallery.com or 830-833-0717 for scheduling; Uptown Blanco Art Center, 830-833-2514, for information on enrolling into one of Connell’s classes or information regarding the art auction; and the Blanco Chamber of Commerce, 830-833-5101, for information regarding the Lavender Lights Holiday Market, November 28-30, 2008.

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