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Artist, Painter Donna Slinkard Featured at the Palace

August 09, 2016

By Pam Lochmueller

During the month of August, the historic Palace Theatre will delight lovers of the arts with an exhibition of the work of painter, Donna Slinkard.

Donna joined the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade in 2000, but her painting career reaches back to 1971. Her husband was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, and she joined the Officers' Wives Brush & Palette Group. Since that beginning, forty-five years ago, Donna has lived all over the country, and everywhere she has been, she has received awards.

Donna's work has developed and changed over her many years of painting. She began with water media, then pastels, followed by oil painting, which is her media of choice now. Her paintings create a mood or tell a story, using everyday objects that become interesting with the strokes of her brush. She also enjoys painting portraits, particularly of mature faces.

Donna's work really began to evolve when she met Helen Van Wyk and studied with her. Van Wyk was well known for her PBS show, "Welcome to my Studio." Donna embraced the Van Wyk approach of teaching fundamentals and dedication to one’s craft. All she learned, Donna has taught to others for more than twenty years, opening the eyes of beginners and experienced painters to the concepts and techniques of the Van Wyk way.

Today, Donna continues to paint using these principles and delights in the discovery of what her paint can do. She has won awards and ribbons at the Fairfield Glade annual juried shows, including Best of Show in 2004 and 2006. Donna still enjoys teaching, which she does out of her home studio.

During the month of August, view Donna’s artwork at the historic Palace Theatre, which is located at 72 South Main Street in Crossville. The theater's regular lobby hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.