FINE ART AND FASCINATING DISPLAYS
The Paso Robles City Library seeks to encourage the artistic and cultural interests of the community by providing space in the Library to display visual and other work. The Library Board of Trustees is responsible for selecting and scheduling displays. Typically, the Board will review in the fall and schedule displays for the following year. The duration of the displays is usually one month.
2017 Art Displays
January Kicks Off with Local Artist Betty Scanlan
Betty Scanlan grew up traveling the world with her Army family. Her mother, an oil painter, had a strong influence on her daughter’s desire to one day pick up a brush and express what she saw. As a child, Scanlan won awards for animal sculptures, charcoal drawings, and paintings of insects and birds
After raising her family and a long career as a nurse, Scanlan finally had time to take up her brushes and study watercolor. She has painted with many local masters, but the strongest influence on her art has been John Barnard. She loves his sense of freedom and whimsy. Her favorite old master is Cezanne.
Scanlan has painted watercolor for 15 years and enjoys painting landscapes both on the Central Coast and in the Sierra Nevadas. Painting brings a sense of peace and joy. One never knows what will happen to the colors as the water has its way with it. While she loves the surprises that watercolor can produce, she sometimes enjoys the control of oil painting. Her style is bold with strong contrasts and is evolving to be more free and impressionistic.
The Paso Robles City Library is located at 1000 Spring Street and is open Monday - Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5.
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