by: COURTESY PHOTO - Linda Jerome considers painting a life-long learning pursuit and continues to take classes to learn more about drawing and painting the body.Valley Art Association is starting a new month with new art.

Linda Jerome and Royce Kugler will display their oil paintings and Janet Buskirk is showing her pottery through April. The artists will be at a reception 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 8, at 2022 Main St. in Forest Grove. Refreshments will be served.

Jerome, of Hillsboro, has been painting for more than 20 years. A substitute teacher, she gardens, cooks, paints and reads in her spare time. The paintings she’ll show at Valley Art focus on children in motion, lost in play or the physical activity in which they’re involved. Jerome uses uneven textures and faded edges to ensure her images are not static.

Kugler also paints in oils. An Aloha resident, she started painting in the 1970s right after she moved to Oregon from southern California. Kugler loves the smell and feel of oil paints, and plans to share her passion by teaching classes at Valley Art this year. Kugler enjoys the painting and researching what she loves — the outdoors. by: COURTESY PHOTO - Traveling through Europe and Mexico inspired Janet Buskirk to put careful consideration into everything she makes after seeing how little people can feel satisfied with.

The works she’ll display in March and April stem from her travels throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, as well as Yellowstone National Park.

Buskirk has been a professional pottery and ceramic artist since 1985. Usually, she makes functional stoneware and porcelain with bright, colorful glazes. Every now and then, however, she creates nonfunctional pieces just for fun. Buskirk creates her pottery by herself every step of the way — from building her own kilns to formulating her own glazes.

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