Art exhibit showcases students' work

Local artist Wendy Framst has organized the Dancing Paint Brushes exhibit to showcase her student's work at the main branch of the Prince George Public Library until Sept. 30.

There are a dozen artists showing a couple of pieces each during the exhibit. Framst said she knows publicly displaying their work is an important element to being an artist.

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One student came to Framst many years ago and she is the one who inspired this show.

Charlice Hartl, 18, has always loved making art and first heard about Framst giving lessons from a family friend.

"Charlice came to me about six years ago and started to work with me and is a great artist and always has been," Framst said, who is a water colour artist.

"As I was watching her progress through the year I knew I wanted to create an opportunity for my students to show their work. I didn't want to be the only one to see the amazing things they were creating."

And that's how Framst got the idea to organize an exhibit for her students.

For Hartl, who is a College of New Caledonia student training to be an electrician, things clicked pretty quickly for her when she started her art lessons with Framst.

Hartl started drawing and painting with water colour and now she prefers working with oil.

"I think I like landscape for the most part," Hartl said.

"I really like doing sunsets in oil, especially for the last two years, that's what I've been stuck on."

Hartl went to Vancouver Island recently and took pictures she uses for inspiration.

"And you also put a little bit of your own into it, so if you don't like where that tree is in the picture, you just change it to what you want," Hartl said.

For the art exhibit Hartl chose to submit two pieces, which are oil on acrylic but they are on black canvas to offer a dramatic contrast. One piece depicts daisies and the other depicts tulips.

Hartl is a loyal student of Framst's because Framst is such a warm-hearted person, Hartl said.

"Wendy will get books to give to her students and she's always looking for ways to improve her studio and her students' studio and she's just very kind to all," Hartl said.

"No one's not a good enough artist for her. Everyone is welcome at her studio."

The Dancing Paint Brushes exhibit can be seen at the main branch of the library until Sept. 30.

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