When Northwood’s wife Carolyn Reeder was in elementary school, she looked forward to Friday because that meant it was art class day.
Over the years, his love of art continued. She said that in high school she was inspired by a teacher.
Although she gave up on art for a while, she dabbled in rosemary, oil painting and now watercolor.
Reeder, a 40-year elementary school teacher in Hanlontown and Manly, said she always tried to do a lot of art with her students, also sharing her love of art history with them when she did. could. When she retired in 2016, she chose watercolor and it has been her medium of choice ever since.
Reeder’s work will be on display at the Albert Lea Art Center until mid-November as part of the art organization’s latest exhibition.
Reeder said she first went to the Art Center with an interest in having some of her paintings for sale in the shop, and then was approached to have more exposure with her. job.
She estimated that she would have around 30 pieces on display.
She said that while watercolor is more difficult – with oils it’s easy to cover up a mistake just by adding another color – she enjoys the challenge.
She starts with five or six paintings at a time, starting with part of a painting, leaving it for a while and then moving to another painting before reverting to the original.
âI think with watercolors you have to stop and look at what you’ve already done and know when to say it, that’s enough – I’m not going to put anything else in it,â Reeder said. âIt’s a challenge, but I love it. “
She said she enjoys painting barns and is inspired by the barns she sees when dating her husband, sister and brother-in-law. Sometimes she can use the shape of a barn she saw and then add her own touch to it.
She also has a handful of paintings of iconic Northwood buildings that will be on display in the exhibit, as well as her paintings that have been turned into desk calendars and magnets.
Reeder said more recently that she has also done more abstract paintings of tall buildings with large windows and steep roofs. She said they have grown in popularity and that she recently found success with these paintings at an art show for Founders Day in September.
She took art classes in Door County, Wisconsin, and said she learns something new with every class she takes.
âI always like to be a student and come away with certain techniques,â she said.
Reeder’s exhibition will be open until mid-November.
The Art Center is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. An artists reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.