Exhibiting in the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council Gallery is the Open Studio group, which meets every Monday afternoon at WAHC to work on their own paintings and drawings.

Many of these artists have learned pastels with Martha Fitzwater and now have developed individual styles. These women are all retired, and although they did not make art their professions, they are taking advantage of exercising their creative and artistic talents.

Artists showing include:

• Jean Swanson has been a resident of Winfield for the past 50 years. She has won several competitions with her artwork. Jean is a seamstress and an artist.  She works in acrylic paints and pastels, and has done numerous pet portraits for family and friends. She has been a member of the Open Studio since 2003.

• Anita “Kay” Bradbury is a native of Winfield, a farm wife and mother, and has sewed for friends and family. She has recently begun pastel landscapes.

• Virginia McConnell’s career was in nursing, but when she returned to Winfield, she returned to her lifetime interest in art.  She started in pastels 10 years ago and has won several local competitions.

• Sharon Taylor retired from teaching nursing at Southwestern College and was already a local photographer when she joined the pastel group. Her works often reflect her travel experiences.

• Mary Ellen Woods is a new member of the group.  She is a Winfield native and has worked in oil painting. She has recently adapted her interest in landscapes to pastels.

• Karen Metz King began working in pastels two years ago. A Winfield native, she is a retired social worker. Bird paintings are one of her specialties.

• Linda Poyner retired as clinical director at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. She has been working in pastels for several years. She paints birds as well as landscapes. Linda hails from Oklahoma, where she served as a special education teacher.

Also exhibiting through February is local artist and Foster Grandma Donna Finuf.  She had been interested in art since being encouraged by her high school art teacher, and she continued studying art and design at the University of Oklahoma. She credits her inspiration to artists and teachers Bob Ross, Dorothy Dent and Sherry Nelson.

The public is invited to a reception for these artists from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Winfield Arts & Humanities Council.

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