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Artist exhibits her nature paintings on wood at Descanso Gardens

February 22, 2003

48 HOURS

With nature as her subject and God as her inspiration, Louise Forbes

tries to project joyful and spiritual feelings in her oil paintings

on wood. Her specialty is hiding surprise subjects incorporated into

the natural grain of the maple panels.

Wildlife and fantasy flowers are created in her exhibit "A Glimpse

into Nature's Realm" continuing through March 6 at Descanso Gardens'

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Boddy House Art Gallery.

The La Crescenta artist began her journey in art as a child, and

thanks God for the talent he has given her, she said. She received

art instruction at the University of Nebraska and later at Glendale

Community College. She volunteered her illustrator skills for PTA and

Girl Scouts projects and then became an instructor at McGroarty Art

Center in Tujunga, teaching oil painting, drawing and design,

calligraphy and jewelry making.

Her paintings are on display in Montrose at Village Artisans and

her own studio, Forbes Art and Frames, where she welcomes spectators

to watch her paint from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The studio is at 2302 Florencita St.

Other artists displaying with Forbes at the Boddy House are Margot

Lennartz and Jim Yurk.

In her exhibit "California Colors," Lennartz shows a collection of

oil paintings, including plein-air landscapes of sea, mountain and

desert scenes from throughout the state.

Yurk, a potter whose works are functional and decorative, displays

unusual stoneware impressions of wall-hung flowers.

The Boddy House Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Admission is free with gardens admission. The show ends Thursday.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.

The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas Day.

Admission fees are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students; $1 for

children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 5 and younger.

Parking is free. For more information, call 949-4200.

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