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Painter enjoys being part of Circle of Art

March 16, 2005

DAN TREVAN / Union-Tribune
Artist Carol Ravy will be one of many displaying works at the show.

What: Circle of Art Juried Art Show & Sale

Where: Christmas Circle, off state Route 22, Borrego Springs

Admission: Free

Information: (760) 767-0042

BORREGO SPRINGS – Carol Ravy is selective about where she displays her art.

The Circle of Art show in Borrego Springs tops her list.

Ravy will join more than 70 artists in the 16th annual Circle of Art on March 26-27 at Christmas Circle, a park in the center of town.

Artists will sell a variety of media, including oil paintings and watercolors, photography, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, fabric art and fashions.

Local photographer Paul Johnson will have his colorful prints of desert scenes for sale.

Reverse painting on glass by Leisel Paris will add a colorful display with her Southwest scenes, American Indians, desert animals and religious icons.

Oil paintings by Gail Anne will feature horses, farm animals, wildlife and desert landscapes.

The contacts Ravy makes at the show each year sometimes mean commissions for more of her paintings, or requests to conduct workshops for other artists. She also meets prospective students for art classes she teaches through the Palomar College Community Education Program in Borrego Springs, Warner Springs and Ramona.

Ravy works in all media but specializes in watercolors and acrylics, mostly choosing flowers and landscapes as subjects.

"Once in a while, I do an oil," she said. "I started with oils and did oils for nine years."

Whenever she displays her work at an outdoor show, Ravy paints, giving demonstrations throughout the day.

"Not everybody does that," she said.

She has shown in the Circle of Art for the past three years as well as in its earlier years. She also shows at the Santa Ysabel Art Festival in May and Julian's Menghini Art & Music Festival in September.

Ravy has been painting for 30 years. She was encouraged to pursue her talent by a neighbor who was an artist.

"My next-door neighbor, Marie Kay, was an oil painter, and one day she called me over," Ravy recalled. "She had everything sitting out on her kitchen table to do oils, and she said, 'Carol, it's time for you to learn to paint.' I just fell in love with it. She changed my life."

For this year's Circle of Art, Sunny Daniels, a professional artist from Oregon, was selected to paint a scene for the official poster. Her subject is bighorn sheep, with a background of pictographs. Poster prints will be available at the show. Signed prints are $35, and unsigned prints are $25.

The Circle of Art is sponsored by Basic Assistance for Students in the Community, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships for residents of Borrego Valley. Proceeds from the show will go toward scholarships.

For more information, call (760) 767-0042 or go to www.circle-of-art.org

Ruth Lepper is a freelance writer based in Ramona.

source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050316/news_m1m16tfbor.html
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