'Art Made Easy' exhibit at Pleasanton Senior Center

Watercolor works on display all week

This week is the 26th annual "Art Made Easy Student Art Show," displaying works from classes taught by watercolor artist Charlotte Severin. The exhibit will be at the Pleasanton Senior Center and the public is invited to an opening reception on Monday from 7-9 p.m.

Each student will have a panel of work displayed, and so will Severin, a renowned Pleasanton artist.

"The artists are getting better and better," Severin said. "Some of them have been with me for more than 20 years."

"It's a time you put aside to paint," she explained. "We do a different subject matter every week."

Participating artists are Cindy Alvarez, Cynthia Altman, Stephen Barkkarie, Vilma Buhre, Terry Cordero, Claudia Curran, Pushpa Dalal, Kathleen Elm, Steffi Gross, Virginia Iverson, Henry Murakami, Betty Nostrand, Patricia Rohavi, Helene Roylance, Gerri Vegas, Marsha Young and Severin.

"Art Made Easy" classes, offered through the city of Pleasanton, meet in the Firehouse Arts Center classrooms from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays with three sessions, fall, winter and spring, usually six weeks.

"It is a three-hour class," Severin said. "It is my soul. As long as I can, I will keep on painting. I love the students, who are at all different levels."

The final spring class meets after the showing, a field trip to Alden Lane Nursery to paint the plants and flowers.

"There is always something interesting in there," Severin said.

The students are intermediate to advanced, she said. To join the class, they need some experience and can qualify by watching her four "Art Made Easy" DVDs, which are available at the Pleasanton Library.

Some are already artists but are just moving into watercolor.

"One woman is just abstract. One Japanese man did a picture of a kabuki dancer that was his father," Severin said. "One week we did people, one we were experimenting with collage rocks and water."

They also paint flowers she brings in from her garden, and model other paintings on photographs she brings in, including the Horsetail Fall in Yosemite. The final class they paint wild animals or a fantastic sunset.

The exhibit continues at the Senior Center (5353 Sunol Blvd.) through noon next Friday (May 10), open during business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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