Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 2, 2014

Art Made Easy on display

Charlotte Severin helps students find their talent

by Steffi Gross

The public is invited to the annual Art Made Easy Art Exhibit and reception 7-9 p.m. May 5 at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

Students of artist Charlotte Severin's Art Made Easy classes are celebrating 21 years of the watercolor classes, which Severin began in 1993 when the Senior Center opened. Classes are now held at the Firehouse Arts Center, which can accommodate the increasing number of students.

Each week is a different lesson in the class. Most recently the students painted en plein air (on location) at the Alden Lane Nursery, enjoying the burst of spring flowers.

Paintings in the exhibit, which will be open May 5-9, are from the fall, winter and spring classes and may be viewed during the Senior Center's normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, when the show closes.

Artists featured on the invitation are Betty Nostrand, Jeanne Tierney and Ginny Iverson. Nostrand began taking Severin's classes four years ago to better illustrate her personal journals. Tierney began painting with Severin after purchasing one of the paintings at her one-person show at Wente Winery. Iverson joined the class after attending many events at the Stanford Women's Club of the East Bay with Severin.

Cynthia Altman, who has a background in professional photography and writing, photographed the class painting at Alden Lane. She shares in the art class with her 93-year-old mother.

Art Made Easy classes have something for everyone; even those who think they can't paint are pleasantly surprised by the talent they discover. Classes are for those just beginning to advanced.

Students come away with a real feeling of accomplishment while making new friends in the welcoming studio setting.

--Steffi Gross has been painting with Charlotte Severin for more than 15 years.

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