Meet the VGA Board – Barb Sulek
My mother was an artist; however, until 2000 I had only occasionally thought about making art myself. My experimentation with watercolor and sumi-e (Asian brush painting) began in my spare time while I was still working full-time.
I satisfied my new obsession to play with paint by taking numerous workshops offered by my favorite local and international artists. When an ever-changing 20+ year career in Human Resources culminated in my early retirement in 2007, I suddenly found I had much more time to become involved with all of the possibilities art offers us. And there are so many possibilities!
In 2005 I was introduced to fused glass through a workshop offered by a Newport, Oregon artist. And found myself captivated by the same things which I love about Watercolor painting – the beautiful, brilliant transparent color, the luminosity of the media, and the surprise and delight when something truly unexpected and striking happens.
In 2008 a friend I’d met in North Carolina at a Cheap Joes workshop moved to Oregon. As she became aware of all things artistic in the metro area, she encouraged me to join this “lovely little gallery” she’d found – the Village Gallery of Arts. Soon after, I was asked to consider the Membership Secretary position. I’ve loved working with the various boards over the years; however, I’d have to say that the best and most rewarding part of my position is getting to meet new members and introduce them to our gallery and all that it has to offer.
As my fellow board member, Connie O’Reilly stated about herself in her board article a few months ago – I, too, may have “ArtADD”. I have never met a new art supply or technique I didn’t (at least temporarily) become obsessed with. And I also still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up – but then, I hear that growing up is highly over-rated.