Meet The Minds And Hands Behind Local Art

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This Saturday, visitors to the reception at the Artist of the Rim Gallery will have their fill of almost any form or medium in which they might be interested -- abstract paintings, fused glass pieces, contemporary silver jewelry, realistic landscapes and florals and still life oil paintings.

Bob and Glenda Roark are the minds and hands behind the abstract pieces. Solveig (Sally) Myers created the realistic oil paintings.

The reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Myers is "less nervous" at being the featured artist at her second reception than she was last year, shortly after the gallery opened.

Myers has been busy in her home studio, Sun Path Art, creating new works for the event, including two still lifes -- a basket of apples and another of colorful bottles.

Art has been a part of Myers' life since the time she could hold a crayon.

As a teenager, she received several scholarships to the Art Institute of Chicago. She enjoyed wandering the many art galleries and museums the Windy City had to offer. Art courses in college served her well when she became a first-grade teacher.

Now, she is happy to be retired and have the time to paint the scenes she loves.

Love brought Glenda and Bob Roark together five years ago. Art is a bonus to the couple that continue to refer to themselves as "newlyweds."

Bob is a silversmith. He makes traditional Southwest jewelry. Together, he and his wife make contemporary jewelry by pouring molten silver through water or over rock salt. Then, he places gemstones in the free-form shapes.

The gallery is manned by the artists it serves. So, art enthusiasts who cannot make it to the reception will have other chances to meet April's featured artists. The Roarks will be in the gallery on April 9 and 12; Myers will be in the gallery on April 19 and 26.

Artists of the Rim Gallery is located at 408 W. Main St.

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