An exhibit of work by two local artists whose paintings are as colorful and varied as a kaleidoscope continues throughout September at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.
Much of Peg Franken’s work in this exhibit is done in a folk art style depicting whimsical Mexican churches, birds, roosters and Southwestern landscapes. All of her paintings have strong elements of color and pattern that use fantasy and whimsy to convey the upbeat side of life. Most of the work is done in acrylic on paper along with a few paintings using a batik process. Sizes range from quite small to medium, and all are framed in metal or wood.
Franken was introduced to painting as a child while taking art classes in Chicago. Since childhood she had worked primarily as a fiber artist until 2000, when she resumed painting — first in watercolor and more recently in acrylic.
Over the past 10 years she has studied drawing and painting locally and with nationally known artists in Los Angeles and Taos and Santa Fe, N.M.
Franken is past president and a signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. She has received awards in many juried local and regional shows sponsored by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, the Arizona Watercolor Association (Phoenix) and the Tubac Center of the Arts. Recently her work was exhibited in a Western regional art exhibit in Las Vegas.
Judy Nostrant works mostly in oils using an expressive, representational style. Her subject matter includes cowboys, cactus flowers, children, still lifes, landscapes and animals. Some of her paintings have hand-carved frames created by Nostrant and her son, Brendan.
Judy Nostrant studied art education in college and worked as a fashion illustrator in Tucson, Phoenix and Buffalo, N.Y. She has illustrated textbooks, worked as a graphic designer and worked as an artist and designer for Fisher-Price toys .
The Desert Kaleidoscope exhibit in the library gallery is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For more information call 594-5275.