Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t take opportunities to better yourself and your family. Summer fun can also be educational! I’m a huge advocate for hands-on learning. Seaside offers some wonderful educational and fun opportunities for the entire family.
One of my favorite things to do is to re-read classic Children’s Literature. I’ve been reading L.M. Montgomery’s works including her Anne series, “The Story Girl”, “The Blue Castle” and a few others that are so endearing that I’ve been laughing and crying. I am enjoying the all around loveliness of Montgomery’s works. The Seaside Library has been instrumental in getting those books. I’m on a limited budget so the library makes my summer reading list easy to get through.
Besides offering access to a limitless number of books, the children’s programming and guest speakers, the Library is also hosting an art exhibit. Beginning Tuesday June 28, the Seaside Public Library will host an art exhibit by local painter Jo Pomeroy-Crockett. The paintings will be displayed in the Community Room and foyer and the show will run through September 6.
Jo Pomeroy-Crockett creates in watercolor, pastel, mixed media and collage. In addition to her work as a freelance writer and educator, her painting offers opportunities to experiment with various techniques, approaches, and materials.
Pomeroy-Crockett, a native of Arizona and a happy transplant to Oregon, holds a Ph.D. She completed advanced work at Oxford University, Oxford, England and the University of Jordan (Ammon, Jordan). She taught undergraduate and graduate classes for Phoenix College, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Phoenix. She currently teaches watercolor and collage on the Oregon coast and writes children's books and articles for regional publications. I’m definitely going to be checking out her books!
Pomeroy-Crockett's work has appeared in numerous juried exhibits and one-woman shows. Her work is in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Working primarily wet-into-wet, the artist strives for dramatic value patterns. Bright colors, emphasis on the play of light, and a touch of whimsy mark her paintings.
I’m not an artist at all. I doodle, make cards and can make some fun mod podge projects but I’ve never been able to do fine art like Jo. I’m excited to see her exhibit and enjoy art while supporting a local artist. I may even venture into signing up for an art class this summer. I’m on the lookout for summer learning opportunities and I’ll be sure to pass along those experiences.