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boasts a rich background in the fine arts and has worked in
acrylic, and oil paints. Most recently, she was part of the
ELM (The Enrichment of Life Movement) class that eventually
relocated to her home. Her works include pets, flowers, landscapes
and vary in style from realistic to impressionistic.
retiring, Voncile found that being at home just didn't challenge
her. Boredom led her to the Windy Hill Senior Center paint class,
under the direction of Wenona Halderman. Wenona's encouragement,
for which she is well known, prompted Voncile to pick up a brush,
and after nine years, she has become quite accomplished at producing
florals, landscapes, animals, and architecture.
has been painting in oils for more than 30 years, and her experience
shows in the detailed work that she produces. Her training includes
three years at the Senior Enrichment Living center in Roswell,
followed by two years at the Windy Hill Senior Center. For the
past four years, she has attended not only the WAGS class, but
also receives instruction from Linda Polak at Smoke Rise Baptist
Church School of the Arts. Kathy enjoys painting architectural
subjects, landscapes, and still lives. Many subjects are from
photographs taken on trips and interpreted in oil and may be
purchased by contacting her for pricing and additional information.
is the newest member to join the WAGs class, although she has
painted for many years. After receiving instruction from Carolyn
Blanton, her first teacher, in Douglasville, Georgia, Carmen
met her neighbor, Wenona Halderman, and learned about the WAGS
paint group. Carmen's specialty is with craft acrylic paint,
and she enjoys animals and flowers as subjects.
joined the WAGS group fewer than two years ago, Joan's only
art instruction has been from Wenona and other members of the
WAGs class. Encouragement from the group has led Joan to try
her hand at architectural subjects, animals, flowers, and landscapes.
Most of her works have been gifts for family and friends and
have been oil or acrylic with a realistic bent. Joan has dabbled
in watercolors, however, prefers the control that oils offer.
drawing and painting go back more than seventy years to when
she was a child. Her skill at sketching is especially evident
in the work that she does with clowns as subjects, as well as
her landscapes. Helen's grown family encourages her to attend
WAGs, and she is a primary contributor to stories of the past
that are so entertaining to the rest of the class.
in the 1980's, Wenona attended oil painting classes at Mt. San
Antonio College, in Pomona, CA. In 1987, she joined adult education
classes at the Senior Center in Thousand Oaks and became a volunteer
instructor. After moving to Cobb County in 1994, she was introduced
to ELM, where she soon began instructing oil and acrylic painting
an award- winning artist and has had two showings in the past
at the Smyrna Public Library. The first was in 1996 with two
of her students, and the other in 2003 that was a "One
include acrylic and oil canvases with subjects ranging from
flowers to landscapes to animals to pieces requested by family
is loved by her students and prized for the gentle correction
and constructive suggestions she gives. She allows her students
freedom to interpret subjects as they like but is quick to
correct or suggest techniques that may make a project easier
and more attractive.