Art In The Park

Tyler Miller’s finished painted displays Miller’s penchant for large, bold strokes and an expressionist outlook.

Tyler Miller’s finished painted displays Miller’s penchant for large, bold strokes and an expressionist outlook. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Local artist Heather O’Berg launched an Art in the Park program recently (June 3 to 7), at Green Valley Park. Permission to use the park was granted by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, and instruction has revealed a group of young artists among us.

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During the program, the group all painted the same scene but with six completely different results.

Six young people using various media have been exploring the possibilities of expressing themselves through painting, drawing and using art as a recreational outlet.

During the program, the group all painted the same scene but with six completely different results. It is interesting to note, three students were wearing art they had painted on T-shirts earlier in the week. At first glance, the T-shirts looked as if they had been purchased in the children’s department of any big box store. Now there’s a marketing tool waiting for an enterprising business person.

O’Berg hopes this type of activity takes hold in the community with an ongoing program to include younger children and older teen-agers.

Tyler Miller’s finished painted displays Miller’s penchant for large, bold strokes and an expressionist outlook.

Tyler surveyed the assortment of brushes before grabbing a large brush, useful for quick, splashing strokes.

Levi Garrels chose a small, wispy brush for his clouds.

Heather O’Berg quickly spread purple color across her canvas as she instructed the children in what a background might look like in the Payson area.

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