Editor’s Note: This one of an ongoing series of articles about members of the Arts Guild of the Barrens.
LaVonia Carole Olson is excited to be doing her first solo art show.
Her artwork is currently on display at the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce.
“When I walked in and it was up, ‘I was like, oh, wow,’” she said. “It’s an interesting mix of feelings to see all your artwork up.”
Olson moved to Glasgow more than four years ago from Florida and settled on her grandparents’ farm. Making the move with her were five of her six children.
As a single mom, she juggles work, homeschooling and duties as a mother while still trying to find time to concentrate on her artwork.
She works with a variety of media, including fabric, thread, yarn, water color, fabric paint, wood, glass, spray paint and acrylic paint. She primarily works with acrylic paint.
“Acrylic is very versatile,” she said, adding it can be thinned and used like watercolor paint, or thickened to use in another manner. She also likes acrylic paint because it dries fast.
“I think I would enjoy oil, just how it moves on the canvas and all,” she said, but she’s not quite ready to give it a try.
Olson has very little formal training in art.
“I didn’t do art until about 20 years ago. Before that I didn’t do any,” she said. “And then about 10 years ago, I started doing it a little more consistently.”
She is currently taking correspondence art classes through the Minnesota Art Institute.
Olson chose to do the correspondence class in 2010.
“I really wanted a systematic approach, since I really hadn’t had any training at all,” she said. “I wanted something that started real basic and took you further on.”
Olson does not have a favorite subject she likes to paint. That is something she is trying to figure out, she said.
She does know she enjoys doing paintings that have meaning, and said it is usually the meaning behind the paintings that inspire her to do them in the first place.
Olson hopes to sell her paintings, and possibly develop a type of business through which she an sell her artwork.
Her work can be viewed at the chamber of commerce at 118 East Public Square from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A reception honoring Olson is planned for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber of office.
Olson is also a member of the Arts Guild of the Barrens and plans to display artwork at the art guild’s gallery at 212 On the Main.
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