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Slobodnik Featured Artist of the Porterville Art Association | Pictures

Veronica Slobodnik will be the featured artist of the Porterville Art Association from November 10 to January 7.

Slobodnik’s art will be on display at the PAA Gallery at 151 North Main. The gallery is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Slobodnik is a long-time member of the PAA. His works will be exhibited and offered for sale. It has a large scale of abstract artwork, from impressionist works to realistic oil paintings.

Slobodnik enjoys exploring light through textured mediums that can be seen in his oceanic and natural paintings. His original works of art include natural landscapes such as buzzing bees that pollinate wildflowers to produce honey.

Slobodnik has decorative artwork of buzzing bees created on both glass and stretched canvas. His bee works are similar to those of New York artist Matt Willey, as their masterpieces raise awareness about bee preservation.

His decorative work of jellyfish swimming in their aquatic habitat has a form of expression, communication and is inspiring in medium and vivid colors. In addition, Slobodnik’s paintings depict amazing jellyfish in the depths of the ocean. Her oceanic work is similar to that of artists Olha Darchuk and Katherine Surminski capturing the realistic beauty of the immense floating marine life.

Slobodnik was born in Texas but raised in Fontana, California. She moved to Porterville in 2008 with her husband Mike, to escape the Illinois winters.

A friend informed her of a job offer at the Family HealthCare Network. She came to an interview and enjoyed the small town vibe of Porterville. Agriculture, hills and mountains are similar to Fontana before orchards and vineyards were replaced by residential plots.

Slobodnik was employed as a medical assistant but had to retire in 2010 due to compression of the cervical spinal cord. In 2019, after a long recovery and needing a social outlet, she decided to pursue art.

She remembers how much she enjoyed an evening painting class she took the year before. She found the Porterville Art Association on a Google search for evening painting classes. She took a few courses before joining the association.

Slobodnik is a regular host and took oil painting classes from Manual Abad until the COVID pandemic ended classes. His grandmother taught him to sew and embroider. She also loved to doodle, draw and make holiday crafts for fun.

Slobodnik had a long medical career, starting in 1983 as a medical assistant and she graduated in 1992 from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., From the medical assistant program.

Since joining the association, she has participated in a few screenings and placed third in acrylic with “Sunflower Bumblebee” in 2020, and second in 2021 with “Earth Keeper”.

Slobodnik enjoys mixed media, acrylic painting, sewing, cooking, houseplants, and teaching his granddaughter how to draw and paint. She enjoys hanging out in her garden and takes pictures of flowers, insects and clouds.

She said she was honored to be a featured artist and that she hopes her art and photos will be appreciated by association members and gallery visitors. This is her first exhibition, although smaller than the others, she plans to continue creating art for future exhibitions. The purpose of his art is to educate, entertain and bring the community together to enjoy the effects of visual art.

The gallery showcases the work of many professional and amateur local artists and is dedicated to showcasing only the best works for sale by artists living in the Central Valley. The gallery’s exhibits cover a wide variety of styles and media.

The mission of the Porterville Art Association is to promote the visual arts in the Porterville area through workshops, educational programs, art exhibitions, financial aid for art students and other activities. appropriate. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Porterville Art Association, Inc, contact Peggy Woods, Membership President / Treasurer, at 559-920-5650..

Membership fees are $ 20 for those under 18, $ 40 per adult and $ 50 per family per year and are tax deductible. Memberships help maintain a public art center and gallery through volunteer work, membership fees and donations.

In addition, pledges or donations of $ 10, $ 50, $ 100, $ 200, $ 250, $ 500 or $ 1,000 are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.

Become a Patron or Sponsor of the Arts by donating to the Porterville Art Association, Inc. Pledges and donations can be mailed to Porterville Art Association, Inc. 151 North Main Street, Porterville 93257.

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