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EAC Spring Art Show features Ukrainian artist

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EAC Spring Art Show features Ukrainian artist

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Art Department presents their Spring Art Show featuring paintings from Nelya Taylor, a Ukrainian-born artist now teaching art as a part-time instructor. The show is on display in the lobby of the Gerald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center starting Tuesday, February 16, and running through Friday, February 26, 2010.

“Taylor is a very accomplished artist who recently moved to the Gila Valley from the Ukraine,” says Kenny Rhodes, Art Department head. “Her oil paintings are very colorful and energetic, and she has won many awards with her work and is featured in several galleries. The EAC Art Department was fortunate enough to have her join our part-time instructional staff in teaching oil and watercolor painting this spring.”

Taylor attended an intensive art school for four years while she was still elementary school age. At the university level, she intended to study fashion design, but soon began to focus more on painting. “I realized that fashion comes and goes,” says Taylor. “They love your work one season but next year it will be forgotten about. Paintings are more permanent. Your children and your grandchildren can appreciate them.”

The focus of this show is a reflection of Taylor’s reaction to moving from the Ukraine to the southwestern United States, many depicting Southwest scenes, which were initially foreign to her. “I had never seen a cactus before,” she laughs. Those familiar with the desert will appreciate Taylor’s fresh, vibrant take on the Southwest landscape. For more information about the show, contact Kenny Rhodes at (928) 428-8469.