Featured Pendleton Art Center artist will show a variety of media during tonight's First Friday art walk

ASHLAND This month’s featured artist at the Pendleton Art Center has done something very difficult: She’s made a living as an artist for years.

Denise Spaulding earned a degree in art from Morehead State University and worked as a graphic artist in Ashland and Portsmouth.

She was one of the first to rent a studio at the Pendleton.

The gallery will feature four or five of her works during tonight’s art walk.

Spaulding paints in watercolor, oil and acrylic and the exhibit will include pieces in each of those media. However, she said she has a special love for watercolor.

“I like them all and, of course, the mural work was in acrylic,” she said. “When I get away from watercolor and then I come back, I remember how much I love watercolor. I love the looseness of the medium and how the water suggests the way you paint and I want to get to a looser style.”

One of the paintings she plans to show is a watercolor titled “As Seen From Lexington Avenue,” an autumn view of the water fountain in Ashland’s Central Park.

“You usually see images of the fountain taken from inside the park,” she said of the watercolor. “This is a view from outside the park.”

She also plans to display an abstract acrylic titled “Tropical Rains.”

“It’s a color study. I like the feel of motion and the depth,” Spaulding said. “I enjoy abstracts because of the looseness and the movement I don’t necessarily get to do in representational art.”

The watercolor floral “New England Asters” shows deep purple flowers with yellow centers.

“When I lived in Portsmouth I noticed these flowers in the yard,” she said, explaining the woman who lived there previously was a gardener. “The woman across the alley told me it was New England Asters. When I moved back here, I brought some with me.”

Other Pendleton artists will display their work, too, and will be available for Paint with the Pros; they will invite other artists to join them in the gallery to paint and they’ll offer any advice or guidance visitors ask for.

Also during First Friday;

n The fourth annual Scout Block Party, themed “Girl Scout Sampler,” will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of 16th Street and Greenup Avenue. Girl Scouts will offer a free, fun-filled evening with crafts, games and activities celebrating Girl Scout traditions, camps and cookies. The Girl Scout Center will offer a 10 percent discount on store items.

n Boy Scout Pack 1100 will host the Boy Scout Cubmobile Derby at 6 p.m. on 15th Street between Winchester and Greenup avenues. Any Boy Scout may participate. Cubmobiles are gravity powered coasters that resemble soap box race cars.

n Parking for the First Friday Classic Car show will begin at 3 p.m. Registration is a $ 5 donation, which enters participants into a door prize drawing.

Shopping hours at downtown stores will be extended and children’s activities will be offered, including inflatables,  sponsored by BC Tool and Party Rental. Inflatables cost $ 5 per child.

n Wiley Dew will play live on the Town Square Bank Stage at the intersection of 15th Street and Winchester Avenue.

n The First Friday Beer Garden, co-hosted by Fat Patty’s, features domestics, wine and specialty drinks and is on 15th Street adjacent to the restaurant.

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