As part of the Watertown Library remodel project, walls were dedicated to hold art work. A generous memorial from the family of Jan Bender was given to the Friends of the Watertown Library to determine an appropriate memorial in honor of Bender. The Friends discussed it at length and decided an art wall would be a memorial that would both honor Bender’s memory, and also be a long lasting tribute to her.
While the Watertown Fine Arts Council will be recommending artists to serve as Artist of the Month starting in January, the first artist’s work that is being shown has a special connection to Bender. Linda Prybylo, the former Watertown librarian and currently the Waconia Youth Services librarian, was a member of the same book club to which Jan belonged. During a special book club meeting held at Jan’s home, Prybylo brought the first picture she had painted. The group encouraged Prybylo to continue and the result was that Prybylo has turned into an artist in her own right.
Originally from Maine and Massachusetts, Prybylo moved to Minnesota with her husband, Jay, 8 years ago.
“I had thought New England weather made us hardy,” notes Prybylo, “but it has nothing on Minnesota’s extreme weather!”
Prybylo had always done many things with her family and extended families, so when she moved to Minnesota, she felt she needed something to do. She did a lot of exploring historical and unique sites in Minnesota, but still something was missing in her life. Inspired by her mother who started painting in her 70’s, Prybylo thought she would start painting someday, too. It was once she met Richard Krogstad, a local artist who happened to be displaying artwork at the Waconia Library, that her “someday” became “now.”
She took classes from him for three years and began experimenting on her own in other mediums. She notes that painting gives her artistic side a way to express itself and she does it as often as she can. Prybylo says, “I spend my weekends painting indoors from photos. I love every minute!”
A special series of Prybylo’s Carver County barns is on display currently until September at the Watertown Public Library as well as some floral and landscape pictures. Please come to the library to enjoy these paintings as well as the new Watertown Library. There is something for everyone at this library.