Watercolorist to demonstrate craft at open houseWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
The MJ Erard Gallery wants local art lovers to feel at home, so it is starting off the season with an autumnal open house to take place on Sept. 21.
The event will feature visual art by gallery director Mary Jane Erard, transparent watercolor paintings by Jim Brower on display in the Blue Heron Gallery and a painting demonstration by local watercolorist Susan Ashley Coss.
“I will be creating a landscape piece during the open house that is very realistic,” Coss said. “Working from photographs I’ll be able to complete an entire painting, which will be available for sale after I finish it, in about three hours. It would take me about eight hours to finish a piece of this size.”
Coss, 62, is a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School and the University of Ohio at Akron. A member of the Watercolor Society of Northwest Ohio, she spent years working as a commercial artist for Hickory Farms before leaving in 1980 to start her own typesetting business in Perrysburg. It was after closing that business that she took up work as a watercolorist beginning in 1997.
“I had always had an interest in watercolor, but it was only after closing my previous business due to advances in technology that I turned painting fulltime,” she said. “I now exhibit in a number of shows and galleries around the area and have been talking
with [Erard] about putting together a full exhibition of my work in the future.”
Coss, who stopped painting for a time after the death of her son last year, is now at work illustrating a children’s story, which her father shared with her as a girl. The story will include characters modeled after her grandson and her dog, who also passed away recently.
She also has been taking on commission work of images, such as houses and family pets, as well as teaching basic lessons in painting and drawing.
The MJ Erard Gallery open house is free to the public. The reception will run from noon to 3 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Ed Levy Jazz Guitar. There will also be artistic jewelry available for purchase. The MJ Erard Gallery is located at 27 Broadway St. in the South Wing of the Oliver House.
For more information, call Erard at (419) 389-0385.