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Turbanic’s Love of Painting Began With Grandfather’s Gift

This watercolor painting by Lenora Turbanic is titled “Peek A Whooo.” Photo Provided

Editor’s Note: Each month, Artworks Around Town at Centre Market will tell us about its member artists. This week will feature artist Lenora Turbanic.

Completely self taught, area artist Lenora Turbanic creates awesome watercolor paintings that are realistic representations of animals big and small as well as landscapes of all kinds. She is one of two remaining founding members of Artworks Around Town, which is now in its 21st year.

She states, “I began my love affair with art when my grandfather gave me an oil painting kit for my 11th birthday.” It was a bowl of fruit still life and she copied the example in the kit, using a piece of canvas tacked to her closet door as an easel.

From those early days on, she states, “It was hit and miss until adulthood, always in oils.” She was introduced to watercolors when she joined a painting group and met some artists who worked in that medium. “I was hooked”, she said. She has become so skilled that she has taught many people how to work with watercolor, thought by many to be the most difficult medium to master. She enjoys painting on anything that doesn’t move from rocks to tea bags. Through her painting, she states, “I have come to appreciate God’s wondrous creations and hope to represent nature as best I can.”

Her other creative interests include jewelry making, quillng, crocheting and dabbling in poetry, especially haiku. Lenora has been with Artworks not only as a participating artist but also as a member of its executive board. She serves along side her husband, Michael helping with the finances and keeping track of sales for all the members.

Artworks is an art gallery dedicated to providing space for juried artists and conducting community outreach activities. For those interested in joining, visit the website: artworksaroundtown.com.

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