The Dalhart Area Fine Art Association began the new year with focus on sketching and drawing. They were instructed in charcoal by Gloria Black and colored pencil by Mary Cundiff. Chris Byrd gave the lesson in color and creativity in April. The artists used a new plastic paper called Yupo. These paintings will last at least 200 years on this material. All the paintings were a wonderful example of the abilities and creativity of the members.
Several members of the Association met at the Rita Blanca Lake Park on the morning of May 9th fro an all day “en plein aire” painting session. The group worked in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. Several paintings were produced and critiqued by the members. Some lovely examples that will be exhibited this fall in the art gallery at the XIT Museum. The weather was beautiful, if a bit chilly in the A.M. warming enough in the afternoon for a great lunch by the lake.
President Firestone’s painting of a beautiful group of autumn flowers was recently purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Slesick of Amarillo, Texas. We all remember Mr. Slesick as our favorite weatherman, who is now an accomplished artist in his own right.
The association has plans for more interesting art lectures and demonstrations through the year. This group is of significant value to creative people and we invite all creative people, what ever your level of expertise, to join us each second Saturday of each month in the XIT Museum meeting room at 9:30 a.m. President Charles Firestone at 249-4949 or Vice President Avis Sonnickson at 244-5817 can give you further information concerning the association should you need it.