Selman passionate about art

August 9, 2014

Energy and enthusiasm for art drive the next speaker at Lake Granbury Art Association’s meeting Monday, Aug. 11.

Barry Selman, a relatively new member of LGAA, and 2014 co-president with Lynda Robinson, will demonstrate his skill and passion for watercolor. Visitors as well as members of LGAA are encouraged to attend the meeting at 7 p.m., at the Shanley House Center for the Arts, 224 N. Travis, across from the library.

Members’ art lines the walls, and yummy refreshments – also designed by LGAA members – will be served.

Soon after joining LGAA last year, Selman volunteered to help with publicity for the group, and offered many suggestions to attract new members and encourage those who were already participating.

Selman is not a retiree with extra time on his hands. (Actually, as a retiree, this writer can tell you there are not many retirees with extra time on their hands.) In addition to holding a full-time job, he does find time to guide and organize a bunch of newbie artists and others who are more seasoned, even some who can be lovingly cantankerous now and then.

Typically, an artist gravitates to one or more mediums … oil, acrylic, sculpture, collage, drawing, watercolor, glass, pottery … the list goes on. Selman’s choice is watercolor.

Selman believes that even if one doesn’t choose to become a professional artist, creating art can play a significant and rewarding role throughout life. With this premise in mind, he contacted a couple of local schools and offered to speak to the art students.

Tolar High eagerly accepted Selman’s offer. In the classroom Selman encouraged the youngsters to keep art as an important element in their lives, no matter what their chosen careers.

With watercolors in tow, he not only talked about art and its benefits, but demonstrated his creative skill. Going a step further, as he often does, Selman awarded two paintings to a couple of happy students. The lucky recipients of this gesture were Case King and Cassidy Phillips. Misty Cook, art teacher at Tolar, wrote, “Thank you again for doing the presentation; the kids were all very impressed.”

Most of Selman’s work reflects tranquil country scenes. In May he was voted LGAA’s Artist of the Month with his painting of rural mailboxes lined up before a limp barbed-wire fence. One of the weather-worn, dented mailboxes is adorned with the red, white and blue of the Lone Star State flag. A viewer can just feel the Texas heat in this piece.

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