Third Tasting of the Arts set for Thursday
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 21, 2013 | 1327 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trussville artist Ellen Justice will be showing more than a dozen pieces from her collection of pastels at the Walker County Arts Alliance’s Tasting of the Arts on Thursday night.

The event will be held at the WCAA office on 19th Street in Jasper from 5 to 7 p.m. Margaritas and appetizers will be provided by Los Reyes Grill.

Tickets are $30.

WCAA introduced the Tasting of the Arts series earlier this year in celebration of the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary.

President Emily Donaldson said the first two events, which featured local artists Barry Graham and Pat Gann, were so well-attended that she expects the quarterly fundraiser to continue.

“It really helps get the community involved and exposes the arts to people who may not have a chance to go to a gallery or a museum,” Donaldson said.

Justice has appeared at WCAA’s Art in the Park twice.

She learned to draw as a young girl by watching John Gnagy on his popular TV program “You Are An Artist.”

Justice longed to become a commercial artist but chose a more established career in accounting.

During her 27-year career as an auditor for the U.S. government, Justice continued to indulge her artistic leanings by reading books, attending workshops and drawing in her spare time.

After retiring in 2005, she established a studio in the basement of her home.

Justice has experimented with many types of media but feels that she found her niche with soft pastels.

“I like to use sanded paper so I can get five or six layers on there. If the light hits it, it really brings out the luminosity,” Justice said.

For more information about Tasting of the Arts, call 221-1711.