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January 5, 2014

Behind the canvas

NORMAN — Norman’s Performing Arts Studio is featuring the artwork of Sylvia Miller, Heidi James and Patricia Foster during an exhibit titled “Three Artists All Over the Place” at the Historic Santa Fe Depot Gallery.

Guests can meet the artists and see each perform a special demonstration at an opening reception 6-9 p.m. Jan. 10 during the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. Admission to the Depot is free and all ages are welcome. Art varies in color and style, from western to landscapes to flowers. The work is on display through Feb. 14.

Promising the event will result in a nice enjoyable evening, Foster said Normanites should come to the Depot if not for the art, then for the demonstrations. Foster said each artist will demonstrate her art form and technique, providing a more intimate experience with the artists that an attendee may not get at other galleries.

“The reason we called it ‘Three Artists All Over the Place’ is we’re doing all different subjects, styles of painting and so it’s just a show with a lot of color and variety,” Miller said.

The name not only highlights the diverse art forms; Miller paints with a palette knife, James enjoys oil painting, Foster enjoys pastels and oil colors; but also the groups diverse backgrounds.

Miller, who has lived in Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma, said she began painting with a palette knife two years ago.

“I had a landscape I wanted to paint and I said, ‘I think I can paint this with a knife,’ and I kind of fell in love,” Miller said. “The colors come out so fresh and you get that interesting texture on the canvas. I use oil paints and I feel like it makes my paintings unique.”

One of the larger pieces Miller will be exhibiting at the show took her several days to complete. Painting with a palette knife, Miller has to plan out larger scale pieces.

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