Union City News: Christmas in City near


By Linda DeHaven



Christmas in the City is Dec. 2. At the Community Room, 103 N. Columbia St. a Cookie Walk, Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, soup and sandwich by Sigma Phi Gamma Theta Zeta chapter and the Lions Nut Sales. Bus rides to see the Lights in Harter Park for “A Community Christmas” will run every 15 minutes. All activities at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Many of the downtown businesses will also be open with treats and special offerings. Hot chocolate and S’mores will be at the Artisan Crossing.

Speaking of “A Community Christmas,” Larry Amspaugh, chairman, states that this year in the 68-acre Harter Park over five million lights will illuminate. It is a drive-through tour which is free. A donation can be made at the exit if you choose.

A new artist is now at the Art Hub, 215 N. Columbia St. Judy Brewer. Wackadoodle Art/Judy Brewer’s works include photography; papier –mâché; abstract acrylic paintings on canvas; woven paper; poured and molded paper (including decorative bowls and platters); hand-made cards and mixed-media pieces. Her work features textural elements and vibrant colors.

1. Acrylic paintings on prepared and reclaimed canvas. Nearly all the acrylic paintings include a multi-layered acrylic base; a variety of texturing additives; additional paint layers; and a mix of additional special textural treatments. The acrylic pieces are varnished to protect them.

2. Show frames are considered temporary frames, and most are reclaimed.

3. Acrylic “skins.” Painting is done on glass, dried, and carefully peeled off the glass. The skin is then adhered to a prepared canvas and then varnished to protect the piece.

4. Acrylic “pours.” This is a process similar to “skins.”

5. Mixed media pieces created from paint, inks, paper, cloth, etc.

6. All paintings are either pre-signed by the artist…or signed upon purchase.

7. Specialized framing is extra.

8. Delivery costs (mileage and/or packing and postage) are extra.

9. Custom work is available. She prefer to make an initial visit to your location to check out the space and talk with you about colors, size, etc.

Contact her by message on the Wackadoodle Art FB page….or email her at jbrewer14@woh.rr.com Check the Art Hub Union City FB page for sample pictures and news of upcoming events.

Brewer spent a lot of time alone as a kid, so she entertained herself!

Brewer states “Thank goodness for parents who didn’t care much about messes, because it seemed I was always making one or more! I think the beginning of my artistic endeavors probably was making miniature people and scenes from mud and flour clay; cutting, gluing and shaping paper and fabrics; pathetic little attempts at sewing tiny fashions; weaving simple things with yarn and threads; and secretly messing around with leftover paints from the garage. Then I moved on to a variety of projects over the years, more craft-like than art in my mind. I was raised in the home of an artist, so I learned at an early age to appreciate art, but since nothing I could do was like what I saw on a regular basis, I always thought I could not ‘do’ art…especially the kind where I had to color inside the lines! So I didn’t do it. Besides, life was busy with teaching, raising children, family, and friends.

“It wasn’t until my children were all grown and out on their own that I got an inexplicable urge to buy some paints. I had no clue what I was doing, so I just went to an art supply store and bought some cool paper and some paints. None of those products survive today, but those attempts got the fire burning. Since that time, I have experimented with a variety of techniques and have now settled into what I love.

“Still, I never thought of myself as an artist, and my work was done for me, my children, or my friends only. I was reluctant to share with others what for me was very personal. Then, enter some very special friends and my children… who have encouraged me, advised me, lovingly nagged me, inspired me, shared my work with others, scoured yard sales for frames, canvases, easels, and supplies, and put in the hard work that goes along with exhibiting art. They are my posse, and I will be eternally grateful to them.

“I don’t have a studio…..but my garage suffices most of the year (or my yard). Needless to say, a car will NEVER get in there….and the paint on the floor will never help the resale value of my house! A dream is my own studio with heat, air, windows, and water!!!!!!! I do photography; papier –mâché; abstract acrylic paintings on canvas; hand-made cards; woven paper; dyes on paper; recycled art such as poured and molded paper; and mixed-media pieces. I am also a writer, and often I write not-so great poems to accompany my projects. I get my inspiration from life; nature; and the written word. I start with colors and textures, and go from there….waiting to see where the work takes me. I learned a long time ago that I do not control the work….the work controls ME! A lot of times, it is a great surprise to me! My works are typically very textural and feature vibrant colors. Although I have been inspired by many classical artists, I do contemporary art……it is unique, unpredictable, and colored outside the lines!”

Brewer’s work is now on display at the Art Hub Union City. Another artist joining the movement.

Have you volunteered this week? You can make a difference.

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By Linda DeHaven

Linda DeHaven is the new author of the weekly column Union City News for The Daily Advocate. She may be reached at ldehaven67@gmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

Linda DeHaven is the new author of the weekly column Union City News for The Daily Advocate. She may be reached at ldehaven67@gmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.