If you go
What: Art by Mary Ann Gradisher
When: Through March 31 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays
Where: Hobart Arts League, 3850 Howard St.
Contact: 942-3834 or visit the website www.hobartarts.net
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
There were no starving artists at a recent reception for award-winning painters Lenore Senovic of Valparaiso and Barbara Krok of LaPorte.
The public gathered to feast on snacks and admire their featured works on the walls at the Hobart Art League. Images of waterfalls, flowers, wildlife, men, women and children were among the many subjects hanging in frames. Senovic and Krok spoke with guests and answered questions.
Krok grew up an only child and entertained herself by drawing. Later, she pursued an art degree in college. She has been painting landscapes, animals and other subjects more than 26 years.
The rich, red coral and bright-yellow angelfish in one painting seemed to swim off the canvas. The bright-orange markings, which contrasted with the black stripes on a tortoise’s shell, added a unique dimension to the image.
“The fur, the feathers — they’re so diverse in shape, in colors,” Krok said. “It’s all about diversity to me. Whether its abstract or realistic, it’s a great challenge.
“I love oils because they’re very tactile — the smell, the richness of the color. It’s like nothing else.”
Senovic didn’t begin her art career until later in life. She started taking drawing classes as an adult. Today, she creates pastel drawings and oil paintings that reflect life and light.
In one series, Senovic captured the free, playful spirit of children as they splashed in the water at Chicago’s Millennium Park. In a different frame, a father fished with his son at a serene lake surrounded by green foliage. A painting titled “Happy Rose” portrays an elderly woman as she leans her head back for an infectious laugh.
“A lot of times, I look at something and know it’s going to be a painting,” Senovic said. “I jump around a little bit, but I always go back to people. I just love people. It brings the human aspect into the picture.”
Throughout March, art by Mary Ann Gradisher will be featured. The work of painter and illustrator Gina Femrite will be displayed in April.
The Hobart Arts League also offers classes for novice and advanced students of all ages.
“I’m hoping (art) helps people appreciate life while the times are hard, that they don’t forget that art is an important part of life,” Krok said. “It may not seem essential to the bottom line, but to the soul it is.”