|Jonni Hill/The R-C Reiko
Hervin teaches ongoing watercolor classes at the Cooperative
Extension across from Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Class intended to make you smile
by Jo Rafferty February 8, 2006
Artists express their emotions through
their work, according to Reiko Hervin, who recalls her life experiences that
have affected her own drawing and painting.
Hervin, 45, of Wellington, decided to share
her techniques, as well as her thoughts about artistic expression, with others
in a series of watercolor painting classes.
Painting - Makes You Smile is an
intermediate watercolor class she is offering this Thursday and on Feb. 23, at
the Cooperative Extension across from Lampe Park. More classes will be offered
by Hervin in the future.
"I had to experience the unexpected death
of my father two years ago when my son and I visited Japan," said Hervin. "We
hadn't been there for five years. I didn't know he was ill and he was in the
hospital. It was emotionally a very difficult time.
"I couldn't paint for a while ... I didn't
feel like doing anything. But my fall class started and I had to get up and do
something for my class. After I started to hold the paint brush again, painting
helped me concentrate, live in the present moment, forget about the sad memory
that happened a few months ago."
Hervin has been teaching drawing and
watercolor classes for six years, and during her classes she said they "forget
everyday life for 2 1/2 hours and have a great time."
"I think artists' work has strong relations
with their lives," said Hervin. "As artists what can we do?
"Many of the artists express their emotions
- anger, sadness, frustrations - through the colors. There are a lot of
paintings out there that artists created during a stage in their lives.
"Can we take this one step more? Can we
create a painting more positive and pleasant, give encouragement to make them
smile? This idea led me to do this class theme, Painting - Makes You Smile. As
artists, we paint from the heart, I feel it's one of the important things we
keep in our minds."
"This theme is for you and me," said
Hervin. "This is the theme for somebody you love. We have the power for helping
to heal from the pain. We'll never forget the pain that we had to go through,
but our paintings make you smile, make us smile."
For more information about Hervin's classes
and artwork, call her through the East Fork Gallery, 782-7629, personal contact
is 465-1163 or by e-mail: email@example.com. Samples of her artwork can be
seen at the East Fork Gallery or online at www.reikodreamart.com