Franklin students on home front for plein air workshop

Aspiring artist Shontell Bass stands with brush poised between strokes listening to artist Bill Farn Photo available for purchase

Aspiring artist Shontell Bass stands with brush poised between strokes listening to artist Bill Farnsworth.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM.

 

A dozen local art students made art happen on the Eastpoint waterfront last week.

The group met at 11 a.m. at the Eastpoint Waterfront Pavilion of Patton Drive. The Franklin County School, Apalachicola Bay Charter School and First Baptist School all sent students to participate in this year’s plein air student art day, hosted by the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational.

For most, the rugged scenery of the working waterfront was very familiar. Adriana Reeder painted her grandmother’s oyster barn with a little guidance from artist John Guernsey.

Kerri Williams, who lives in Eastpoint, said she hopes for a career in the arts. The senior said she has already been accepted by Gulf Coast State College. Her mentor for the day was Nancie King-Mertz.

Brittany Bryant, a senior at the Franklin County School said she hopes to become an art teacher. Artist James Richards, who was paired with her for the workshop, said, “She can do it too. You should see her drawings.”

Karlie Tucker, who painted with Lori Putnam, wants to be a veterinarian, but Putnam praised her attitude. “You can tell she’s really smart,” said Putnam. “And she was so happy with her work.”



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