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 January Artist of the Month – Sallie Thompson


My first memories of making art as a child are sitting in front of the family’s first black and white TV every Saturday morning.  I was glued to Jon Gnagy’s “Learn to Draw” show, kit in hand and ready to be an artist.  My youth in Lynchburg, VA was filled with all the classes and opportunities I could get to do drawing, painting, and crafts.  Upon graduation from high school I felt my calling was to teach art and I got my secondary art education degree from Longwood College, Farmville, VA in 1969.

I had my first taste being a classroom art teacher in 1970 at Melbourne High School in Melbourne FL.  I left Florida to move around to various Air Force bases with my husband until I was lucky enough to get an art teacher’s job in my high school in Lynchburg.  My tenure there was my dream job and lasted for 30 years.

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After retiring in 2002 I singled out pottery as my primary hobby.  I took classes and even started my own business with 2 kilns in my home. I was a 5 year member of the Blue Ridge Potter Guild in Roanoke, VA and showed my pottery at craft shows and festivals around Virginia until we moved to Sun City in 2008.

My work since moving here has been using various drawing and painting media and even a bit of hand built pottery. My current media preferences are pastels and colored pencils.  I have enjoyed the Ceramics Club, Photography Club, and All About Art Club for my 6 years in our wonderful community.  I have had the privilege to have work in several of the All About Art Club Shows and my work has been acknowledged with several ribbons.  I currently serve as the editor of the All About Art Club’s newsletter, The Palette.

Although I am not a prolific artist, I do enjoy the making of art forms no matter how long I may take to finish them.  My subjects tend to be things in nature and my treatment is somewhat photorealistic.  I fell in love with rendering forms in various lighting environments in front of that old TV and still find the act of “shading” very enjoyable and even meditative.

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