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:I~B Wednesday, April 4, 2001 Bu ,e~in Progress+ve. Recr~Progre By Timri N ,at one else does. Portola Editor "Each creation is one of a Portola resident artist Patkind, there are no two alike." Womack will start off the sea- Womack uses all types of son for the Mohawk Valley pine cones, dried flowers, euca- Artist Guild (MVAG) by pre-lyptus leaves, moss and other senting her work at the first items she finds growing in this meeting, Tuesday, April 10, be- and other areas. ginning at 7 p.m. at the Graea- To the natural, Womack gle Community Church. adds birds, animals and other Womack will show how she decorative items, which add uses her creative talents and body and color to the finished her environment to create piece. works of art. She said she spends quite a Womack shows her cre- bit of time hiking, her eyes ations in craft shows through- searching for the perfect out Plumas County and as far pieces, those with character away as Sacramento. and personality. "I had no idea when I started "This year I'm kind of leery just how successful this yen- about hiking by myself be- ture would turn out. I am now cause of all the reports of finding myself shipping large mountain lions an# bear. orders out of state. It's wonder- When she comes upon what ful," she said. she describes as a beautiful Womack, who was born in weed, she shakes them first to Norwich, England, has been a make sure they're going to be Portola resident for more than sturdy, cuts them and hangs 20 years and raised four chil- them at home to complete the dren, says being able to create drying process. offers her the relaxation thera- "I sometimes find it hard to py she needs after a long day keep my eyes on the road while as Director of Materials for driving because I'm looking at Eastern Plumas Health Care trees and bushes to find new District. and different things," she said. Womack said she became in- Womack said she tries to be volved in crafts about 10 years the passenger, letting someone ago after visiting a craft show, else do the driving so she can in which she saw simple scour the landscape. arrangements of pine cones in Womack said the majority of baskets and ideas for improv- her time in October is spent ing upon that theme startedgathering and the rest of the tumbling into her head. year, she creates. "I've never had any formal She begins her creations by art or decorating training; it's baking all of the wood, pine just something that's a part of cones, acorns and eucalyptus me I guess and I enjoy it im- leaves she uses. mensely," revealed Womack. This process can take sever- The more she does the more al hours on a low oven temper- ideas she comes up with andature. she tries to do things that no "This is probably the most II important step, because it not only kills all of the insects and parasites, but it keeps the pine cones from eventually turning black and eliminates the pitch," she said. Her own special creative in- stincts kick in at this point, which is something that can't be taught. Womack's creations can hake from one day to a week to com- plete, depending on the com- plexity. Womack will be sharing her techniques with members of the MVAG and anyone inter- ested in becoming a member is invited to attend the meeting. The MVAG, which began in the early 1980s, is a nonprofit organization and was founded to stimulate public awareness and involvement in the visual arts, to improve the quality of existing art programs and ac- tivities, and to encourage new art-related activities in eastern Plumas County. Money raised through the two major arts and craft shows held during the year goes to support art in the schools, the Reno Symphony, the Art Barn at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair, and other county art pro- grams. There are currently about 60 members who meet the second Tuesday of each month from April through November. Meetings are both fun and interesting, with local artists presenting demonstrations and lessons in fine art, water colors, pastels, quilting, bas- ketry, jewelry making and woodworking. And, members need not be artists, only interested in pre- serving and promoting the arts in the community. New officers are elected at the end of the season and the new officers for this year are: Mary Anne Martinko, presi- dent; Ramona Compton, pro- gram chairman; Vita Hulbert, recording secretary; Marilyn Wiemeyer, corresponding sec- retary; Dorene Tobler, treasur- Anyone interested in learn-contact any er; and Linda Brooks, hospital- ing more about the MVAG mayMartinko may be ity chairman, attend any of the meetings or 836-2436 and Tobler at Wm -k adds redwood knot, ld color. !unum Photos forest characters to many of her natural designs. This tiny fox sits which Womack baked to kill any insects and to preserve the wood's Local artisan Pat Womack will be the featured artist at the Mohawk Valley Artist's Guild meeting Tuesday, AlWil 10. A Special Supplement, produced by Feather Publishing, Co.,