New watercolor teacher joins art center

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NORWAY — A new watercolor teacher has joined the teaching team of the Western Maine Art Group. Diana Hertz will begin teaching classes for beginning to intermediate watercolor students in late spring.

Registration is open for the six-week set of classes, and sessions will start at Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center, 480 Main St., when registration is full.

While a resident of Maine for many years, Hertz began oil painting in Chicago at age 8 and has been painting ever since. Her formal training began at age 13 when she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the Chicago Art Institute.

Over the years Hertz also studied at the Art Students League in New York and with private teachers. She paints and teach watercolor painting privately and through extension services. Hertz’s work has been displayed and sold in Washington, D.C., New York and Maine.

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Some years ago, she discovered the joys and freedom of watercolors, feeling that it best expressed the intimacy, immediacy and excitement of life as she understood it. Watercolor allows Hertz to capture the beauty and essence of her subject to dramatize its central power. It is Hertz’s purpose to represent her personal world-view with originality, insight and a direct line to artistic vision.

“If those viewing my work discover the joys of important realities that they are often too busy to observe in the welter of everyday existence, it would make me very happy,” said Hertz.

Classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. The six-week set of classes costs $90. For more information or to register, contact WMAG President Irina Kahn at 743-7813 or kahnig@yahoo.com or go to www.TheWMAG.org.

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