Waconia Library staff shows artwork

The September / October Art Exhibit at the Waconia Library features staff artists Diane Beuch, Linda Prybylo, Ellis Noone and Cindy Lowe, who will be showing their paintings, photographs and drawings.
Each of the artists recently sat down to talk about their art.

Linda Prybylo – painting
“I am originally from Maine and Massachusetts: this is year eight in the land of sky and water. I had thought New England weather made us hardy but it has nothing on Minnesota’s extreme weather!
“Relocating for a new job, my husband and I left behind our two sons, daughter in law, granddaughter, and very large extended families to move here. With no family obligations I needed something to do.
“Inspired by my mother who started painting in her 70s, I always thought that some day I would too. When I met Richard Krogstad, a local artist displaying at the library, he mentioned he was teaching a landscape oils class at the Minnetonka Art Center. I took Richard’s classes for the last three years.
“I have ventured into exploring acrylics as well as water-based oils. I spend my weekends painting indoors from photos … I love every minute! My next challenge will be mastering my new ukulele.”

Diane Beuch – photography
“I’ve lived in the Chanhassen area for almost 40 years; married with a husband in the excavating business, and have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
“After my daughters graduated I focused on two leisure activities I wanted to develop further: photography and Ikebana floral arranging. I requested a very good SLR camera for my birthday, with the goals of doing some macro floral photography, and learning how to take pictures of moving water. One of my photographs was printed in a Minnesota Landscape Arboretum annual report, and I’ve had some success at garden club competitions and selling some photo cards. Of course, my best subjects are my adorable grandchildren!
“I’ve named this effort ‘Sweet Shots Photography.’ I started doing more Japanese Ikebana arrangements, entered a few in some competitions, and actually received some ribbons for my amateur efforts. A highlight for me was to receive personal one-on-one instruction from an Ikebana expert when I visited Japan several years ago.”

Cindy Lowe – painting & drawing
“I’ve always loved to draw and do crafts. I graduated with a BS in Art Education with a minor in Theater Education from Moorhead State University (now Minnesota State University, Moorhead) before I started my library career in 1992.
“I have won a couple of art contests and can’t travel without a sketchbook and my case of seed bead supplies. I have sold a few pieces over the years. It is very handy to be able to create original artwork for the graphic design work I’ve done in my library career. Besides drawing and painting, I do some beading, basket weaving, sewing, pottery, weaving, silk screening, tie dye, origami, soft sculpture, mosaic, decorating ducks for Nickle Dickle Day, etc. I love learning new crafts and I have taught countless workshops and worked with many groups (mostly non-profits) to help them design and print their own shirts.
“Working full-time for the Carver County Library, having a family (husband, five kids, two who are still at home, and a granddaughter), and attending Graduate School at St. Catherine University do not allow me much time to do art, but I squeeze it in as much as possible.”

Ellis Noone – acrylic & watercolor Artist
“I am a local artist who currently resides in the southwest metro area. I have been an employee of the Carver County Library system for 13 years as an active on-call Library Assistant.
“My paintings reflect my upbringing in the warm climate of San Jose, Calif. They demonstrate images that are packed with color and punch. My artistic background ranges from spinning wool, hand dyeing fabrics and yarn, weaving, textile design, quilting, stitchery, fashion embellishment, floral design, and most importantly acrylic and watercolor painting.
“Many of my paintings range from abstract to impressionism with a surreal quality. I beckon the observer to come, reflect on the images they see, and lead them down a road to ponder and linger. It is my intent to create some mystery along with an overall enjoyment of viewing bright colors while experiencing an overall state of well-being and happiness.
“Finally, I would be delighted to design and create a painting to suit your lifestyle, whether it be for personal purposes or for business. You may contact me through the Waconia Library.”