The MAC Student Show at Worthington's McConnell Arts Center gives art-class students a chance to showcase their work and interests.

The show, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Corridor Galleries at the MAC, 777 Evening St., Worthington, is free for all visitors.

All work was submitted by students in the center's art classes, which are open to the public for a fee. Center members receive a discount on most classes, according to its website, mcconnellarts.org.

Those presenting their work include: Amanda McGee, Andi Wolfe, Angela Finney, Angie Siefring, Ann Kete, Benedicta Enrile, Bette Thrall, Carol Newcomb, Cindy Lamprecht, Donna Nesbitt, Elizabeth Veldey, Jane L. Mead, Joni Meeker, Julie Seabrook Ream, Karen Russell, Kelly Whalen, Lynn Simonetti, Margaret Farley, Marie Charvat, Michelle Geissbuhler, Nancy Clelland, Nancy Vance, Patricia Howard, Priscilla McMaster, Ruth Staveley, Sean Farrell, Sheila Cottingham, T.M. Rudavsky and Terri Bierdman.

Veldey, 65, of Lewis Center said she became interested in taking classes after she retired from JPMorgan Chase four years ago.

"My plan for retirement was I wanted to change my life and become an artist," she said.

"This is kind of my art alma mater because I didn't have an art education."

Wolfe, an Upper Arlington resident and professor at Ohio State University whose paintings are featured in the show, said she had to learn how to be a botanical illustrator for science classes at Ohio State for her classes.

"I always wanted to learn something about 2D art," she said. "I'm a 3D artist."

Wolfe said she discovered she could draw through taking the classes.

"I never knew I could draw," she said.

Both agreed the quality of instruction they've received at the MAC has been unparalleled.

"Having very experienced artists that know how to teach is really wonderful," Wolfe said.

"You're not always going to take classes, you need to be able to look at your own work and be able to figure out what's good and what's not," she said.

Wolfe and Veldey said they started out taking drawing classes and have progressed to painting and other classes at the MAC.

Charvat, 68, who lives in Worthington, said she has had a lifelong appreciation for art.

She said she decided to start taking classes after she retired as an attorney for the state of Ohio five years ago.

"My mother told me I can't do art because it doesn't pay the rent. ... I figured now that I'm retired, it's my time," she said.

She said she has mostly focused on taking oil painting classes and creating encaustics, defined by artistsnetwork.com as "a mixed-media technique that involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments have been added."

"It gives a three-dimensional detail to things," Charvat said.

She used the technique to complete a painting of her best friend's dog for the show.

Charvat said taking classes has been wonderful and has improved her skill.

"I can see I've gotten better and better," she said.

Go to mcconnellarts.org/classes to learn more about the center's art classes or the student show.

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