(Last Updated On: March 14, 2019)
Laurel View Village welcomes a new art exhibit to their Cambridge Art Gallery. The new exhibit titled, My Art Through Life, by Donna Housel will open on Monday, March 18 and run through June 30, 2019. Housel’s show will feature her work of colored pencil, pastels and scratch art. A reception will be hosted on Monday, March 18 at 3 p.m. to meet the artist. the reception is open to both residents and the public.
Artist Donna Housel shares her journey:
“As a child growing up in the small town of Fossilville, (Bedford County) there was really not much to do for entertainment. Thankfully my parents were able to buy me some cheap pastels and colored pencils. In addition, I consider living in the country with Little Wills Creek on one side of my home place and the foothills of Wills Mountain on the other, is one more gift. In the process of learning about the nature around me I decided that drawing or painting them would be fun and at the same time it would help me to become a real artist one day. There was a brief time after high school that I was gainfully employed and then marriage. A couple of years later we had a son, Aaron who turned out to be a full time job. Enjoying our time together is a precious memory. So I had to put drawing and painting on hold. But one day I realized that Aaron was pretty much on his own and that I had more free time that I could pull all the art supplies out of the closet and begin creating art, seriously. I registered for some art classes at the Foundry Art Studio and studied with Melinda (Mouse) Grass. And I was off to begin a new venture with drawing and painting.
As time passed I entered exhibits in Bedford County and ventured out to find other places to enter my work, such as Somerset County Artists Assoc. and Community Arts Center of Cambria County and into Maryland. I met so many people and many of those people have become very good friends. After many years of building my self esteem and confidence I decided it was time to apply to the Pastel Society of America. Gathering the best five pieces of pastel work was very stressful because nothing seemed good enough to send in to be juried. I knew that entering the best I had might not be good enough for the Society . I waited for a couple of months waiting for word that I was or was not accepted. Finally I received the phone call I was hoping for that I had been selected to be an Associate member. As time has passed I began receiving requests to teach young people, then asked to teach workshops for adults and finally with Allegany College of Md, Cumberland, Md in Continuing Education Department. I have gained many friends through this teaching and have enjoyed many long term friendships. At this stage in my life I have finally achieved my goal of “becoming a real artist one day”.
Housel’s work can be viewed by the public Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cambridge building. Outside artists are welcome to contact Laurel View Village if interested in having an exhibit. Exhibits are changed four times a year.