GILMANTON — Long-time Gilmanton resident Betty Mitchell will display her paintings as Artist in the Library for September and October. A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, September 6, 1:30-3 pm at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School.
Betty describes the development of her interest in painting: "I started oil painting about ten years ago as a very part-time interest. However, the time devoted to painting has increased tremendously since I retired in 2013. Painting for me is a very quiet and contemplative experience. Putting colors on canvas, the mixing and blending to create my representation of a scene or person is a rewarding one. While I love to paint on my big porch, I also enjoy the opportunity to share painting time with other women who paint locally. There are several groups that get together casually at local libraries and we exchange our thoughts, difficulties with a piece of work, and our successes. The support is warm and generous. Joining the Lakes Region Art Association has facilitated this connection with others who share my interests."
Betty has taken classes with fellow Gilmanton resident Larry Frates, and currently attends an oil class at the Kimball Jenkins Art Center in Concord. She says "I hope to improve on landscapes in the coming year so I can capture more the local scenes in the Lakes Region, especially Gilmanton. We are fortunate to have many gifted and skilled painters in the area. I am glad The Year Round Library has been there for local artists to hang our work. We all appreciate it."
The exhibit will be available for viewing during the Library's open hours. For details consult the website: www.gyrla.org or call the Library at 364-2400.