Wayne County Council for the Arts, 108 W. Miller St., Newark, is presenting the 2018 Wayne County Middle School Art Exhibit through April 28.
The exhibit highlights the artistic talent of younger artists in Wayne County.
Vicki Tatum is showcasing her handmade dolls and Victorian paintings in the Chris Fayad Members’ Gallery.
“I am happy to say that I have been into the arts all my life,” Tatum said. “I have made a living by selling, showing and teaching my work. I have never had training in any field of art, other than from other experienced artists’ sharing.”
Tatum started teaching craft classes in Tucson, Arizona when she was 18. She taught oil painting all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Nogales, Arizona. She previously worked as a mural designer and artist.
She and her sister, Lynda Tatum, learned to make dolls from different items when they were young. They continue to create and sell their original, hand-sculpted and painted dolls at shows internationally, in magazines and online. They design their clothes from antique, natural fabrics, and make leather shoes. Author Ann Rice bought two of the larger dolls.
Tatum took classes from folk artist Betty Goodwin, of Rochester. The classes were held in an old chicken coop in Goodwin’s backyard. There she learned the traditional, theorem painting, stenciling and gold leaf. In the 1980s, she opened a store in Wolcott called Tatum’s General Store. She taught various classes, and sold art supplies, antiques and her artwork.
Tatum will soon teach at Wayne Arts in Newark.
An opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 15. Parents, friends and the public are welcome.
The gallery is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays-Saturdays and by appointment. Admission is free. Gift certificates are available for classes and gift store items.
Call (315) 331-4593, email info@wayne-arts.com or visit wayne-arts.com for information.