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Student, teacher show their art at Brookings galleries

Kaila Yeager, on ladder, talks to her art mentors Sheryl Tuttle, left, and Sara Broderick.
Two must-see art exhibits this month include those of Brookings artist and instructor Sara Broderick, showing at Words and Pictures Gallery, and of her student Kaila Yeager, whose work can be seen at Wright’s Custom Frame Shop.

Yeager is 19 years old and a graduate of Brookings Harbor High School. She is presently a student at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC). Yeager has been Broderick’s student since she entered college and was also greatly influenced by her high school art teacher Sheryl Tuttle. Yeager works in acrylic and is very dedicated to her art, Broderick said.

To explain how the creative mind works, Broderick told a story of the way Yeager develops an idea for a work of art.

“I have included a drawing of dancing skeletons in my show. Kaila was intrigued by the drawing and began drawing the human rib cage.

“She said, ‘It looks like a birdcage.’ She drew a ribcage/birdcage and said, ‘I think I’ll put a red cardinal inside for the heart.’”

Yeager will be working on this canvas during the Second Saturday Art Walk where she is the featured artist at Wright’s.

This is Broderick’s fourth annual show at Words and Pictures. The first exhibit was of “Mermaids,” the second was “Beach Walk,” the third, “Larger than Life.”

The title of this show is “Figures in Motion.” She shows works in several media, including oil, watercolor, ink and graphite.

Broderick also incorporates into this show a view of the art classes she teaches. She is an instructor in drawing, painting, color and design at College of the Redwoods Del Norte, and at SOCC.

Some of the pieces are class assignments. For beginning painters, the first assignment is to paint a monochromatic painting – all one color, Broderick explained. By doing this the student learns how to use the paint and get the values – lights and darks – without having to mix colors. There is a monochromatic painting included in the exhibit.

Another class assignment involves ink studies, Broderick said. Students in her class are required to try various pen and ink techniques and then to complete a finished piece using the technique they like. There is an ink technique study and an ink and brush work included in the exhibit.

Broderick will be present at Words and Pictures during the Art Walk to discuss her work and will be presenting a demonstration there at 5 p.m. on how to begin a figure drawing.

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