Delaware resident Barbara Timmons is the featured artist for the 2011 Arts Affair, Nov. 12-13, at the Arts Castle, 190 W. Winter St., Delaware.

Delaware resident Barbara Timmons is the featured artist for the 2011 Arts Affair, Nov. 12-13, at the Arts Castle, 190 W. Winter St., Delaware.

Proceeds for the Arts Affair benefit — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday — will benefit the Arts Castle.

Work by a wide variety of artisans including potters, jewelers, woodcarvers, glass and fabric artists will be on display and for sale at the event.

Timmons’ work includes paintings, small bronze sculptures of the movement of dancers and acrobats, and art developed from one of her “newest fascinations: computers and digital imagery.” She’ll have work on display and for sale.

“One of the pictures I will have on display is a digital image combined of a series of photographs I made in Tasmania, looking down,” she said. The piece is titled “Tasmania Under Foot.”

“Most people when you’re walking around a beautiful place look out or up,” Timmons said. “Well, I looked down, and it was fascinating underbrush. I took a bunch of pictures and put it together in a new way.

“I’ll also have five paintings. They’ll not be huge and will fit in a relatively small place,” she said. “These are recent things, most of which I haven’t shown.”

Her work is “a vision of fantasy and emotion,” she said. “It’s an attitude toward what I see and how I put it down on a canvas.”

She and her husband, Frank moved to the area after retiring 14 years ago. They have loved Delaware since attending Ohio Wesleyan University, Timmons said. They both graduated from the university in the 1950s.

Timmons lived in Rhode Island, New Jersey and London, and continued art studies at Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Montclair State University, and St. Martins School of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design).

Prior to returning to Delaware, she taught art in Maryland for 30 years.

While her studies at OWU and graduate work at Rhode Island School of Design focused on sculpture, her decision to enter art education developed her talents as a painter.

“I didn’t really start painting until I had to figure out how to teach it — how to ‘see’ — picking the elements of light you want to work with,” she said, “and expressing it by reducing color to hue, value and intensity. And that’s how my painting evolved.”

Timmons took a sculpting class from OWU professor Everett Haycock.

“I made a piece of sculpture that was so big, because we made it in the basement of the Arts Castle, that we couldn’t get it out,” Timmons said.

During her two years at St. Martins School of Art she met emerging artists.

“I went there at a time when many of the British artists, famous now, were either young and getting started or were mature artists, like Henry Moore and Anthony Caro, whom I know. It was a fortunate time to go,” she said, noting that she and her husband also “had a motor scooter and traveled all over Europe, as far as Istanbul.”

Several years ago, Timmons was introduced to digital imagery.

“What I’m doing is different now,” she said. “I have a friend at Ohio Wesleyan who teaches digital imagery. He taught me how to work with the computer. When you get as old as I am, you can’t be climbing over hill and dale with all your gear. So I go with my camera and take many pictures and take elements of the photographs I’ve taken and remake them into new compositions.”

Timmons has been an artist since age 3, when she made an animation after watching “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the theater.

“I came home and made a movie of it. My dad made a roll of paper and set it up in a cigar box so that you could run it with a crank,” she said.

She also made a mural in cheddar cheese on her parents’ dining room walls.

“They had new wallpaper that looked beautiful when you put a little cheese grease on it, though my parents weren’t very happy,” she said.

Timmons encourages people to support the Arts Castle and participate in its programs.

“(It) is important to the community from the standpoint of education and exposure to the arts — painting, dance, photography, ceramics, jewelry,” Timmons said. “It’s important for people to have a place like that to go and learn and be exposed to the discipline of what goes into fabricating a piece. It makes their lives much richer.”

For more information on paintings and sculptures by Barbara Timmons, visit www.barbaratimmons.com. For more information on the 2011 Arts Affair or the Arts Castle, visit www.artscastle.org or call (740)369-2787.