Beginning her painting career in high school, Mary is a mainly a self-taught artist. In 1999, she won the people’s choice award at the Dogwood Festival Invitational Art Exhibit with “Retirement” which was also chosen as honorable mention in the Realism Today contest in American Artist Magazine. Today she tries to paint when she can find time. Her mediums are oil, pastel, and watercolor paints.
Starting you, looking at pictures and loving art, Gloria began with drawing and coloring in color books. She credits her skill to having very good art teachers along the way in watercolor, oil painting and acrylics. She also acknowledges the roll the Valley Art Center played in making art classes possible for her. Today she is still enjoying taking art classes as well as teaching classes and workshops. As a painter, life can’t get better!
Ralph Crawford became a local figure after moving to Lewiston from Southern California in 1960. His most famous sculpture, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Olympia, has several copies around the world, including, Ohio, Hong Kong, and even at Mr. Schwarzenegger's house in Austria. Mr. Crawford loaned several of his Western works to the Library, even providing the buffalo pelt under his epic Buffalo Run.
Sharon's work can be seen throughout the local community, both in her volunteer work and her works of art, the latter of which can be seen at the Historical Center, Lewiston High School and Pioneer Park. She created our wonderful Reading Mother, as well as a few dozen miniatures of it that are available for purchase.
John Patterson, retired Lewiston High teacher for over 30 years, is a self-described formalist, ‘interested in non-objective designs.’ He works in many mediums, with 2 oil paintings visible in the Community Room and 4 wood bookcases throughout the Lewiston Library. The books inside are carved by Mr. Patterson to honor 1st Edition Friend donations.
Dan Piel has hauntingly beautiful portraits across America, including Mozart in Cal Poly Theatre, Lyndon Johnson at the Johnson Library, and the stunning Chief Joseph series on display here at Lewiston Library. We are thankful to the Nez Perce County Historical Society for loaning these works to us.
Colorado native Ray Esparsen has taught art for almost 3 decades, and his work is a regular fixture around Lewiston today. With the title Professor Emeritus from Lewis-Clark State College, Ray has become an artist full-time, and his work can be seen around town during Art Walk. Whether dealing with surrealism, landscapes or abstraction, Rays artwork is instantly recognizable.