The Writer and the Artist Combine Forces at Arts Alive

Farrah Ferand, the heroine of Evening of the Dragonfly, the latest novel by Mary Montague Sikes, is learning to deal with her emotions by creating paintings for an art show. The tragic death of her mother as well as the sudden death of her grandfather that traumatized her years earlier has left scars and repressed memories. A teacher and an artist who lives in Jefferson City (the same small town in Virginia that was the setting for Daddy's Christmas Angel), Farrah has been invited to have a one-person exhibition of her paintings. Scenes and dreams from her past come alive in paint as she works in her studio.

Since Sikes is an artist as well as a writer, she decided to create a show of artwork for Farrah. As the author painted, she realized Farrah is working through her troubled emotions while she makes art for the exhibition in the Evening of the Dragonfly story.

During April, Sikes participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge and made a painting, or a portion of a painting, for a new post each day on her blog, Notes Along the Way. By the end of the month, she had 19 paintings for Farrah's show. The work ranges from realistic trees in acrylics on canvas to watercolors on canvas that depict Farrah's dreams and fantasies.

The one-person invitational exhibition starts on September 15 and continues until October 13 and will be displayed in the exhibit area of the W.T Robinson/Sture G. Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center adjacent to West Point High School on Thompson Avenue. It may be viewed during regular school hours by entering through the high school office. On September 19, an opening reception and book signing will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. performance starring Ethan Bortnick. A portion of sales from the book, Evening of the Dragonfly, will go to Arts Alive. Evening of the Dragonfly

Arts Alive, Inc.
P.O. Box 152
West Point, VA 23181

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