Local artists on display at local banks

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

Art is an outlet for self expression, giving the artists the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, abilities and even personality to the beholder.

To give young artists the opportunity to display their work, Jeannette’s Art Studio has partnered with Gretna’s Pinnacle Bank and F and M Bank to exhibit students’ work.

“We’re showing off, you know?” Jeannette McFarling said with a laugh.

McFarling owns the art studio, which she said has been open for around 30 years, operating in her Gretna home. She said each year she teaches 30 to 35 students Mondays through Wednesdays in a variety of mediums, such as water colors, pencil, charcoal and some times even clay. Her students have been as young as 3 and as old as 91.

“If that isn’t crazy,” she added with a laugh.

She said in previous years, local businesses such as the banks displayed the artworks, which she rotated out on a monthly basis. However, as her number of students grew, she said she could not keep up with switching out displays and stopped the exhibits a few years ago. Her pupils, however, had something to say.

“When I quit, some of the students were disappointed, and they encouraged me to do it again,” she said.

Each display will be up for four to six weeks, and McFarling said she may expand to other locations.

McFarling said those who are interested in the displays or her studio can contact her by at 402-253-9978 or via email at teachart592@yahoo.com.

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