Flowers, gardens are focal point of exhibit

March 20, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Ben Ryland glanced at each painting for only a few moments.

He knew what he was looking for Sunday afternoon: the perfect painting to go above his fireplace.

"Nothing too big," the Hagerstown resident said.

Ryland was one of many people to visit Mansion House Art Center in City Park. Members of Valley Art Association displayed floral and garden paintings, which will remain on the gallery walls through March 31.

"If you can't find a painting here, you're pretty particular," said Clyde Roberts of Hagerstown, one of the founding members of Valley Art Association.

Roberts was filling in Sunday for his son, Kent Roberts, of Shippensburg, Pa., who was scheduled to be at the art center.


Clyde Roberts was among at least 30 artists, he said, with floral-themed pieces in the display. Along with 10 watercolor landscape paintings in the gallery, he had two floral pieces in the March display, one of mums and another of lilacs.

Roberts' watercolors take up one of the larger walls in the gallery. Most are buildings during a different season - a barn in the fall or a small wooden building covered in snow. Most of those paintings, he said, were done a few years ago.

One painting of a coyote stands out among the buildings and bridges. Roberts said he was at each of the locations where he painted his landscapes.

"The coyote didn't pose for me," he said. "That's from a photo, of course."

Everything in the gallery is for sale and ranges in price from $40 to more than $300.

"It's wonderful we have so many local artists," said Sandie Cartwright of Williamsport. "I don't think people appreciate that you can have an affordable original piece."

Cartwright and her cousin, Ginger Pearce of Hagerstown, said it was hard to decide which paintings were their favorites, but they liked Roberts' paintings and the work of Audrey Mentzer.

"I like how he mixes the colors," Pearce said of Roberts.

If you go

What: Valley Art Association free tea reception and demonstrations from local artists

When: Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 26, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Mansion House Art Center, City Park

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