Mother-daughter duo named LMAG Artists of the Month

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Glenda Spinks demonstrates how to use pastels. (Courtesy photo)

Glenda Spinks demonstrates how to use pastels. (Courtesy photo)

The Laguna Madre Art Gallery is proud to announce that Glenda Spinks and her daughter Crystal Spinks Ramirez are April Artists of the Month.

Originally from Iowa, Glenda Spinks came down to the Valley and made it home for her family in the 1960’s. She became interested in pastel painting when her oldest daughter was in high school. After her youngest child left home for college, she finally had time to devote to painting. Over the years she has studied pastels with well known painters Albert Handel, Danial Greene, Terry Smith, Richard McKinley and Sally Strand.

Crystal Spinks Ramirez has been inspired by her mother’s artistic pursuits. She has always loved arts and crafts. She enjoys making bracelets and necklaces, but focuses primarily on earrings. When she starts to create a new project, she usually starts with a design in her head. Then she allows the materials she is working with to help her compose the design. On April 18, Spinks and Ramirez will demonstrate their skills at a reception at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery. At 2 p.m., Spinks will demonstrate three different approaches to using pastels. She will first explain how to use pastels and then will discuss how to create a “loose” pastel, then will go one step farther to add more detail, and then how to add that third layer of detail. She will also discuss how alcohol affects pastels and will discuss several types of pastels. Spinks will provide pastels and paper for anyone who wants to “play” with the medium.

At 3 p.m., Ramirez will provide a “hands on” demonstration on how to make earrings. She will provide attendees with the components for a pair of earrings and will teach them how to put it all together, string the beads, make a wire loop, and attach it securely to earwires.

All activities are free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Gallery at (956) 943-1407 or visit the Gallery at 405 E. Maxan St in Port Isabel (on Lighthouse Square).

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