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Shirley Reade

When we begin to paint… we see the world in a whole different way. We see colors and beauty we have never been aware of before.

When we begin to teach… we look at people in a whole different way. We see their favorite colors and find beauty in them we have never been aware of before.

Beginning students work from books, photos, etc. The more advanced students work from their own photos and creative ideas. It is exciting to watch their works in progress!

Shirley Reade Class Instructor

Each week is a new adventure of learning for me. Our class if filled with fun, laughter, caring and sharing! We miss those who are absent and are glad when they return to class. Students not only come to learn and develop techniques, but to contribute and reach out to each other. I learn so much from each person in the class.

‘A teacher can measure his/her success by the progress of those we teach,
not by the excellence of our performance.’

Terry Duncan Terry Duncan
December 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
November 2009
Sarah Lindahl Sarah Lindahl
November 2009
Merrilea Jones Merrilea Jones
October 2009
Varalakshmi Sitharaman Varalakshmi Sitharaman
October 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
October 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
October 2009
Genie Roberts Genie Roberts
October 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
October 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
October 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
October 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
September 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
September 2009
Bernece Lee Bernece Lee
September 2009
Terry Duncan Terry Duncan
September 2009
Inez Wacker - September 2009 Inez Wacker
September 2009
Nona Firth September 2009 Nona Firth
September 2009
Varalakshmi Sitharaman August 2009 Varalakshmi Sitharaman
August 2009
Nona Firth Aug 2009 Nona Firth
August 2009
Sarah Lindahl August 2009 Sarah Lindahl
August 2009
Merrilea Jones August 2009 Merrilea Jones
August 2009
Judi Otto August 2009 Judi Otto
August 2009
Nona Firth August 2009 Nona Firth
August 2009
Varalakshmi Sitharaman July 2009 Varalakshmi Sitharaman
July 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
July 2009
Elsie Sharp Elsie Sharp
July 2009
Inez Wacker Inez Wacker
July 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
July 2009
Varalakshmi Sitharaman June 2009 Varalakshmi Sitharaman
June 2009

This is only her second painting...wow!

Katie Katie was our visiting, guest artist at our Wednesday evening class.

She painted a beautiful picture to enjoy in the classroom!

June 2009
Nona Firth Rhody Series

Nona Firth
June 2009

Nona Firth Rhody Series

Nona Firth
June 2009

DeVon Tanton DeVon Tanton
June 2009
Jamie Lent Jamie Lent
June 2009
Merrilea Jones
June 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
June 2009
Ellie Sahly Ellie Sahly
June 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
June 2009
Varalakshmi Sitharaman Varalakshmi Sitharaman
June 2009
Bernece Lee Bernece Lee
June 2009
Genie Roberts Genie Roberts
June 2009
Bernece Lee Bernece Lee
June 2009
Judi Otto Canada Geese

Judi Otto
May 2009

 

Terry Duncan

Terry Duncan
May 2009

Cresent Lake

Bernece Lee - May 2009

Bernece Lee
May 2009

Sarah Landahl May 2009

Sarah Landahl
May 2009

Nona Firth May 2009

Nona Firth
May 2009

"Pink Rhody"

DeVon Tanton May 2009

DeVon Tanton
May 2009

"Couch Potato"

Deanna Grimes May 2009

Deanna Grimes
May 2009

"Curious"

Bonnie Sandland April 2009

Bonnie Sandland
April 2009

"Silver Eyes"

Merrilea Jones - Little Cottonwood Canyon

Merrilea Jones
April 2009

"Little Cottonwood Canyon"

Jamie Lent April 2009 Jamie Lent
April 2009

New student...
Jamie's first painting!

Nona Firth March 2009 Nona Firth
March 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
March 2009
Elsie Sharp March 2009 Elsie Sharp
March 2009

Nadine Lord
March 2009

Bernece Lee March 2009 Bernece Lee
March 2009
Terry Duncan March 2009 Terry Duncan
March 2009
Deanna Grimes - Navajo Woman (Oil) Feb 2009

Deanna Grimes
Feb 2009

Navajo Woman (Oil)

Judi Otto Judi Otto
February 2009
Sarah Lindahl Sarah Lindahl
February 2009
Merrilea Jones Merrilea Jones
February 2009
Nona Firth Nona Firth
February 2009
Deanna Grimes Deanna Grimes
February 2009
Genie Roberts Genie Roberts
January 2009
Judi Otto Judi Otto
January 2009
Merrilea Jones
Merrilea Jones
December 2008
Nona Firth
Nona Firth
December 2008
Terry Duncan
Terry Duncan
December 2008
Nona Firth
Nona Firth
November 2008
Terry Duncan
Terry Duncan
November 2008
Judi Otto
Judi Otto
November 2008
Sarah Lindahl
Sarah Lindahl
November 2008
Nona Firth October 2008
Nona Firth
October 2008
Inez Wacker October 2008
Inez Wacker
October 2008
Elsie Sharp October 2008
Elsie Sharp
October 2008
Bonnie Sandland October 2008
Bonnie Sandland
October 2008
Bernece Lee October 2008
Bernece Lee
October 2008
Judy Otto October 2008
Judi Otto
October 2008
Merrilea Jones October 2008
Merrilea Jones
October 2008
Sarah Lindahl October 2008
Sarah Lindahl
October 2008
Genie Roberts
Genie Roberts
September 2008
Audra Weaver

Audra Weaver
September 2008

This is Audra's first painting

Bernece Lee
Bernece Lee
September 2008
Judi Otto - Seascapes
Judi Otto - Seascapes
September 2008
Nona Firth
Nona Firth
September 2008
Blackberry Blossom - Bonnie Sandland

Bonnie Sandland
September 2008

Blackberry Blossom

Bonnie Sandland - September 2008
Bonnie Sandland
September 2008
Nadine Lord - September 2008

Nadine Lord
September 2008

Nona Firth Alaskan Bush Pilot

Nona Firth
September 2008

"Alaskan Bush Pilot"

Judy Otto
Judy Otto
August 2008
Terry Duncan Seascape III

Terry Duncan
August 2008

Seascape lll

Inez Wacker
Inez Wacker
August 2008
Judy Otto
Judy Otto
August 2008
Bernece Lee
Bernece Lee
August 2008
Terry Duncan
Terry Duncan
August 2008
Nona Firth
Nona Firth
August 2008
Merrilea Jones
Merrilea Jones
August 2008
Bernece Lee July 2008

Bernece Lee
July 2008

Judi Otto July 2008
Judi Otto
July 2008
Merrilea Jones July 2008
Merrilea Jones
July 2008
Genie Roberts July 2008
Genie Roberts
July 2008
Bonnie Sandland July 2008
Bonnie Sandland
July 2008
DeVon Tanton July 2008

DeVon Tanton
July 2008
Sarah Lindahl July 2008
Sarah Lindahl
July 2008
Nona Firth July 2008
Nona Firth
July 2008
Bonnie Sandland June 2008
Bonnie Sandland
June 2008
Merrilea Jones June 2008
Merrilea Jones
June 2008
Nadine Lord - Daisy Painting

Nadine Lord
June 2008

Nona Firth, June 2008
Nona Firth
June 2008
Merrilea Jones, Seascape
Merrilea Jones
June 2008
Jan Griesel

Jan Griesel
June 2008

Terry Duncan

Terry Duncan
June 2008
New Student

 

Nona Firth May 2008

Nona Firth
May 2008

"Lighthouse at Sunrise" & "Globe Trotter"

Merrilea Jones May 2008

Merrilea Jones
May 2008

"Tangerine, Orange, & Cumquat"

Bonnie's trip to Hawaii inspired this beautiful painting.

Bonnie Sandland
May 2008

Bonnie's trip to Hawaii inspired this beautiful painting.

Deanna Grimes May 2008
Deanna Grimes
May 2008
Nona Firth May 2008

Nona Firth
May 2008

Nona is an Optometrist, so this cute Giraffe with glasses fits right into her office decor!

Inez Wacker

Inez Wacker
May 2008

Annette created this wonderful painting of her daughter.

Annette Speck
May 2008

Annette created this wonderful painting of her daughter.

DeVon Tanton May 2008
DeVon Tanton
May 2008
Nona Firth, May 2008
Nona Firth
May 2008
Merrilea Jones, May 2008
Merrilea Jones
May 2008
Elsie Sharp Floral 08
Elsie Sharp painted this wonderful floral for her grandaugher. May 2008
Nadine Lord Lion Cubs 08

Nadine Lord
May 2008

Lion Cubs

Sarah Lindahl Seascape

Sarah Lindahl
April 2008

Seascape

Sarah is sixteen years old and attends the beginner's class with her grandmother. You wouldn't believe she is just beginning to paint would you!

Rhonda Foy Seascape

Rhonda Foy
April 2008

Seascape

Annette Speck Seascape

Annette Speck
April 2008

Seascape

DeVon Tanton, Polar Bears April 2008
DeVon Tanton
April 2008
Vivian Ticer, April 2008

Vivian Ticer
April 2008

Vivian has moved to Portland and will be attending our class once a month. She has already finished two paintings after her move and brought them to show us. This is a painting of her late husband. She also created a beautiful seascape, adding interesting rocks made with special paper and painted over with acrylics.

Beginning Acrylic Painting Class
Students from the new Beginners Art Class. Photo from left to right...
Rhonda Foy, Merrilea Jones, and Nona Firth, March 2008.
DeVon Tanton, February 2008
DeVon Tanton
February 2008
Geni Roberts Digging To China Painting

Genie Roberts
February 2008

Digging to China

Out on a Limb by Vivian Ticer

Vivian Ticer
February 2008

Out on a Limb

Visit to a castle in Germany by Inez Wacker

Inez Wacker
February 2008

Visit to a castle in Germany

Bear Cub at Rouge River by Vivian Ticer

Vivian Ticer
January 2008

"Where's Mama?"

This litte bear cub was exploring near the Rouge River in Oregon.

Vivian is now working on another little bear cub found sleeping on a tree limb. Vivian will be moving to Portland soon, so I hope we will get to see the her finished painting and share it with you. Our class will miss her greatly, and we wish her lots of fun and happiness in her new home.

Sea Otters Painted by Nadien Lord

Nadine Lord
January 2008

Sea Otters looking at you...

ElsieSharp12-07

Elsie Sharp
December 2007

 

Elsie painted this beautiful Lighthouse for her grandaugher.

DeVonCows

DeVon Tanton
December 2007

I don't know if she grew up on a farm, but you can tell she sure loves cows. Wonderful painting DeVon!

BonnieMtLion

Bonnie Sandland
December 2007

Bonnie filmed this mountain lion on a trip to Montana. What a beautiful reflection she captured.

NadinePenguins

Nadine Lord
November 2007

Another painting already... this gal is doing so great you would never know she is a beginner.

DeVonCowboy

DeVon Tanton
November 2007

Wow! This guy looks like he is walking
right
off the canvas!

InezSunset

Inez Wacker
November 2007

Beautiful Sunset!

NadineMountain

Nadine Lord
November 2007

Nadine is a new student. This is her first class painting.

VivianRoses

Vivian Ticer
November 2007

Vivian makes beautiful quilts...she decided to paint her version of one of her quilt patterns.

Deanna Grimes

Deanna Grimes
October 2007

 

Geni Roberts

Genie Roberts
October 2007

 

Inez Wacker

Inez Wacker
September 2007

This still life of an antique hammed copper tea set was painted for her daugher. The rose came from the garden. A labor of love!

Bonnie and Balderdash

 

Bonnie Sandland
July 2007

"Balderdash"
Isn't he wonderful! I think he belongs in a Disney story.

Bonnie

Bonnie Sandland
June 2007

"Glorious Morn"
An acrylic scene from Bohemia Mountain, just east of Cottage Grove.

Deanna

Deanna Grimes
June 2007

Deanna usually paints with oils... and is now trying out acrylics. This is an acrylic painting of Kudo!

Vivian
Vivian Ticer
June 2007
GeniesBird
Genie Roberts
May 2007

This is Genie's first painting of a bird.

"Green Tailed Towhee"

Inez Wacker

Inez Wacker
May 2007

Inez painted this as a gift for her son and his new wife. They were married here is Hawaii.

Bonnie Sandland
Bonnie Sandland
May 2007
DeVon Tanton
May 2007
Jan Griesel
Jan Griesel
May 2007
Elsie Sharp

Elsie Sharp
2007

"Sun River in Winter"

Inez Wacker

Inez Wacker
Since 2006

Inez is a beginning acrylic student... would you believe that she painted this for her husband's Christmas gift!

Kim Blevins
Kim Blevins
2006
 

A gift for her mother...
 
Kathy Burdick
Kathy Burdick
2006
Jeri Quinn
Jeri Quinn
2006


I have been taking lessons from Shirley for about a year. She has taught me to see the smallest detail. That is the real joy of painting for me. Not only to see more beauty around me, but to learn how to mix colors and transfer that beauty to canvas to enjoy in my home on a daily basis or to give away. Jeri
Jan Griesel
Jan Griesel
2006
Hailey Durfee
Haley Durfee
Since 2006


Haley is a beginning student!
Geni Roberts
Geni Roberts
2006
DeVon Tanton
DeVon Tanton
2006
Cheryl Gottlieb
Cheryl Gottlieb
July 2006

Bonnie & cows
Bonnie Sandland
April 2006


Cows in England
Bonnie Sandland
Bonnie Sandland
July 2006


Bear
Kim Blevins
Since 2005
 

Kim started painting with us last year…then took time off for a few months to get married and adjust to her new life. Her employer gave her Monday afternoons off so she could come back and paint with us again. This is about her third painting. I think she gets her art talent from her grandmother (Elsie Sharp). Very nice painting Kim!

Group Image of
Acrylics Class
Since 2004

We finally got the whole class together at the same time even our mascot…”Pansy” … the little black toy poodle sitting in my lap. She loves painting day, and greets everyone as they come through the door. If someone is missing she waits by the door until she is sure they are not coming to class that day.

Bonnie Sandland
Since 2004

1st place in acrylic buildings & bridges at the
Springfield Mayor’s Art Show “Pengra Bridge”

Bonnie has been painting for about three years now! She has won numerous ribbons in fairs and art shows. Last year she entered the North Light Book Club Cover Contest just for fun… and took second place, winning $500. worth of art supplies!

Elsie Sharp
Since 2004

1st place in acrylic florals at the
Springfield Mayor’s Art Show

“Humming Bird in the Garden“

Genie Roberts
Since 2004

Genie won 2st place in acrylic animals at the Springfield Mayor’s Art Show. Genie’s granddaughter “Madison” is featured in this painting.

DeVon Tanton
Since 2004

DeVon is creating a beautiful castle at the seashore. DeVon has since become an accomplished and talented artist. While she enjoys landscapes and wildlife, she excels at portraits and has won numerous awards and ribbons at the Lane County Fair and Springfield Mayor’s Art Shows.”

Jo Anne Johnson
Since 2004

“Flight through the Swamps in Florida”
Acrylic painting.

Mayme Ames
Since 2004

“Dolphins” Acrylic painting

Mayme is taking some time off to have surgery on her hip. The students have missed her so much that they decided to call her during the class last week… just to say hi and wish her well! We hope to see her back in class soon! Look for Mayme’s photo in the 2006 scrapbook!

John Barnes
Since 2004

John loves to paint and write…as you will find
in his testimonial. He has written many
of the captions for my paintings. Shirley

Jan Griesel
Since 2004

Jan’s first floral… very nice!

Tara Barnes
Since 2004

Millie Jones
Since 2004

Millie is a talented lady… between recently getting married and a gift for care-giving, she does paint a picture now and then! Her latest painting was created from photos taken at their farm is Creswell, Oregon.
Very nice, Millie.

Gwen Condon
Since 2004

Gwen is shown working on her 2nd painting.

Cheryl Gottieb
Since 2004

Wally Reade
Since 2004

Last but not least… my husband had to try his hand at painting and won 1st place in Oil Seascapes at the Springfield Mayor’s Art Show! He painted several other paintings winning ribbons at the Lane County Fair… but says he would rather take photos of wildlife as he enjoys the outdoors and riding the sand dunes.