A new gallery on the square features original art by five local artists. Art Aloft is located on the second floor loft at Artefactz, 120 N. Houston.
The artists represented include Stan Bowlin, Bonnie Chilcutt, Martie Rains, Yvonne Sailers and Jo Shaffer. All have been recognized in competitions for their artistic expertise.
Bowlin, a student of art for most of his life, has been an active artist for about two years, working in pastels and watercolor.
Using her background in theater set designing, Chilcutt creates wonderful paintings in various mediums.
After retirement, Rains began painting in oils about seven years ago having been inspired by a trip to Italy.
Sailers, well-known locally as an accomplished artist and art teacher, has painted almost her entire life in several mediums.
Shaffer, a retired art teacher, not only paints on canvas, but also creates hand-painted silk scarves.