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By Kate Dieringer Correspondent, The Sun "I always colored and drew a lot," local artist Virginia Carlson-Mayfield recalls of her initial interest in the field, and adds, "I wish I still had some of my old biology class draw- ings." Hesitantly joining an art class nearly thirty years ago, Carlson-Mayfield explains, "It was just supposed to be once every Thursday night, but it took over my life." Originally a Wisconsin na- five, Carlson-Mayfield (and hus- hand Ted Mayfield) now spend fall and winters in Arizona and return to Sheridan for our nicer seasons each year. Virginia and Ted met through mutual fi-iends at the local Kiwanis Club, and have been married since July 2005. The ouple drives between their two homes with one of Ted's planes in tow, and "get a lot of stares" from other freeway driv- ers Vnginia jokes. Carlson-Mayfield first be- gan painting in 1982 at the en- couragement of her teenage niece who attended an art class at the Spectral School of Arts in Arizona. "I've never been so bored in my life," Carlson- Mayfield says of her first class. Eventually, however, as her tal- ent increased, so did her inter- est in the field. When the art instructor left in 1986, Carlson-Mayfield was encouraged by fellow students to take the position. Currently, Carlson-Mayfield teaches four, three-hour long classes each week. Students typically attend Photo by Kate Dieringer Carlson-Mayfield enjoys painting and drawing. Horses are among her favorite subjects. one class each week and pro- gressively learn charcoal (value and edges), pastels (color) and finally oils and watercolor to combine everything they've practiced. Carlson-Mayfield explains that it often takes be- tween three and four winters to complete her course. Carlson-Mayfield began en- tering her own work into local art competitions shortly after beginning in the mid-eighties. Having won a variety of cash prizes and ribbons, she explains "IfI ever take first place, I prom- ise never to come back [enter the same competition]. You want to get out on top," and also stresses the importance of letting other artists compete"[...] you've got to move over and let someone else have a go." Utilizing the American Rep- resentative Art style in both her teaching and her own pieces, Carlson-Mayfield says "you don't have to guess what you're looking at." Her paintings are incredibly accurate embodi- ments of various photos she has taken. The medium used to de- pict each photo is determined by the subject, "If you look at it [the subject] for a while, it'll tell you" Carlson-Mayfield says when determining whether to use pencil, watercolor or oil. "I want to challenge my- self--I want each piece to be harder than the last. I tell my students, 'Everything you paint should be the best thing you've done up to this point,'" Carlson-Mayfield says. When starting a new piece, she notes that "I love drawing the best," and before completion she "passes" over each piece three times, painstakingly scanning for potential errors. The subjects in Carlson- Mayfield's paintings vary, but some of the most common im- ages include livestock, Native Americans, western wear, na- ture and old cars. "I always love painting horses," Carlson- Mayfield says while pointing to a magazine image of one of her pieces. Several qfher works are not for sale, particularly those which have familial significance (like a painting of her mother's hands working on a quilt). Behind the work desk in Carlson-Mayfield's in-house stu- dio/study, she's covered several large cabinets with images by her own favorite artists. Some of the work she admires includes pieces by: Mary Engelbreit, Marjorlein Bastin, Wendy Thompson's na- ture scenes, Cicely Barker's flower fairies and Bessie Pease It's not to late to sign up for Two classes are offered openings include wish dolls, classes in the SummerArtsPro- each day, one in the morning calligraphy, choir, beginning gram offered by the Art Con- and one in the afternoon, guitar and martial arts. spiracy. Classes will be held Morning classes with open- Full day enrollment costs June 17-27 with a final presen- ings include fiber arts, drama, $110 and half-days cost $55. tation and performance planned developing guitar and bas- For,more information, call for the evening of June 28. ketry. Afternoon classes with 503-843-2062. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, The Sun 5 Gutmann's babies and angels. Carlson'-Mayfield's paint- ings can be found in various nearby locations, including West Valley Realty and an oil paint'mg of Phil Sheridan in the Sheridan Museum of His- tory. An even larger collection of her work is currently on dis- play at the McMinnville Se- nior Center as part of the Wortman Park Art Gallery. "It's my swan song," Carlson-Mayfield says bf the exhibit which will display un- til the end of June. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. First Federal Community Rewards is a community-based program designed to help its customers cam funds for the nonprofit organizations where they give their time. The pro- gram is simple -- for every hour h First Federal customer volunteers at a Yamhill County nonprofit, First Federal will contribute $2 to that organiza- tion. A total of $20,000 is up for grabs! Participating organi- zations are eligible to earn up to $1,000 (up to 500 volunteer hours), and the program will close when the 10,000th volun- teer hour has been submitted. 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All Day Helicopter Rides ... 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Historical Museum .,. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Museum Bed Turning Ceremony 3:30 Chicken BBQ ,.. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m, Carnival ... open at 11 a.m. Music in the Street ... 11 - 6 & 7 - 11 Honored Court Tea ,.. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. GRAND PARADE .,. 6:00 p,m. Starting at Faulconer-Chapman School Ending at Cily Park SUN. JUNE 23 ~ PortlandFood & Craft Booths ,., noon - 6 p.m, dP7 \ "'~'ChickenBBQ,.11 a.m.'tilgone McMinnvillorl' \ 5 ' Family Fun Events ... 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. I- Art Show ... noon - 3 p.m. t)n~ w~ Carnival ... open at noon ~alem Music in the Street ,_ noon - 3 p.m. ,WaterSlides,BbuncyHouse and Game Booths 3pm, 9 pm Gospel and Country Music featuring Gospel Echoes, Bethel Mountain Band, Jericho Road & Knox Brothers Sponsored by the Sheridan Days Committee Unlimited Ride Passes Thursday 3:00 p.m. - $20.00 Friday 3:00 p,m. - $25.00 Saturday 11:00 a.m. - $25.00 Sunday 11 a.m, - 6:00 p.m. - $20.00