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Art on Display at LRC Through November

Thursday, September 19, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Art ShowPushing 60 years old, Linda Shreeve finally stumbled across her passion.

Shreeve and her husband decided to redecorate their 100-year old home nearly 10 years ago when she decided they needed new paintings for the walls.

"I thought I would do it myself," Shreeve said. "I had no idea what I was doing but I dove right into it. I think that's one thing I have in common with Crystal (Ziemann). We think we can do anything and then we just jump right into it. That was 10 years ago and I've been painting since."

Shreeve and Ziemann currently have their art on display at the Texas State Technical College Learning Resource Center. Shreeve's exhibit consists of her classic animal paintings while Ziemann's includes her unique gourd pieces.

An opening was held on Thursday and the artists' works will be on display at the LRC through Nov. 21.

"I think it's great that TSTC and the LRC are housing our art for a while," Ziemann said. "It gives people an opportunity to come and view art that otherwise might not get that opportunity."

Unlike Shreeve, Ziemann's been involved in the arts her whole life. She's a musician first and a violinist by trade. Ziemann's taught violin and even started an orchestra in Weslaco.

About 15 years ago, Ziemann started working with gourd pieces and has made it her passion ever since.

"She works with much more dangerous tools than I do," Shreeve said. "She uses power tools to make her art."

Gourd art uses hard-shell gourds as the art medium and surfaces can be carved, painted, sanded, burned, dyed and polished.

"Canvases and I do not get along," Ziemann said. "I much prefer working on gourd pieces."

Both artists were on hand at the opening to talk about their works with art lovers from the community and students that stopped by to take notes for art appreciation classes.

Both artists agreed that talking to observers was part of what makes being an artist unique and special.

"It's always fun to see what you've created through someone else's eyes," Shreeve said.

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