Bill Westerman wants share two of his passions with Marysville residents: art and Japan.

Bill Westerman wants share two of his passions with Marysville residents: art and Japan.

The artist and photographer will host a slide show of his work titled "Fuji Smiled on Me" at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St.

Westerman is the library's featured artist of the month. His work will be exhibited in the lower level of the library in the audio-visual department throughout October.

Westerman, a retired pharmacist from Worthington, has been creating paintings and photographs for 60 years. His show will include photographs of a recent trip to Japan, including pictures of the Shi-Shi-Mai folk dance by a troupe of Japanese performers in Sayama. There also will be photos featuring Tokyo, Kawagoe, Nikko, Nara, Kamakura, Osaka, and Kyoto.

"I travel to Japan frequently to create and judge art," he said. "It's one of my passions in life. I love going to the country, I've been going there since 1952." He discovered his love for the country while serving in the Korean War.

Library spokesperson Denise Birkhoff added that Westerman chose to focus his Japanese art because of the Marysville audience of Honda Employees.

Westerman said he stumbled onto the opportunity to show at the Marysville library after attending a reception for July's artist of the month, Inga Smith.

"(Smith) commented to the director they could utilize me in a future lecture and exhibit and it kind of evolved from there," he said.

The 76-year-old, who is married with two grown children, has been giving private art lessons for 25 years.

"We have a group locally that I've taken on who have never painted before and others who have but they want to learn more about art," he said. Westerman also served three non-consecutive terms as president of the Worthington Art League.

The reception will last about an hour and will include refreshments, a question and answer session, and his slide show. No registration is required.

People can learn more about Westerman by logging on to www.billwesterman.com.