Artist’s work of­ten gets the blues

Texarkana Gazette - - CASS COUNTY LIFE - By Neil Abe­les Cass County Life

Each year on the first week­end in Novem­ber, those com­ing to the Cullen Baker Coun­try Fes­ti­val in Bloom­burg get to see blue.

This spe­cial blue is Nancy Hol­lis’s art work. Texarkana artist Hol­lis has dis­played her work here for more than 20 years. Nearly every piece of her art will have the color blue in it for a sim­ple rea­son.

“It’s the sky,” Hol­lis said. “You have the sky in about ev­ery­thing you do. So it just shows up in my art­work.”

Her fa­vorite thing to do is to take an old farm or home im­ple­ment and re­paint it with a coun­try scene. A metal waste­bas­ket, wa­ter can or hand saw will pro­vide just the right sur­face. A cabin, lake or coun­try lane seems to make that old yard uten­sil look pretty again.

Nancy’s work sparkles with her spe­cial kind of blue in them. To this year’s fes­ti­val, she brought one un­usual blue item. When show­ing it, she would care­fully pick up and hold the large emu egg with its painted fall scene.

“I had two. Dropped one,” she said with a smile. That made her blue, she said.

Staff photo by Neil Abe­les

Artist Nancy Hol­lis of Texarkana care­fully holds the emu egg she has painted and is show­ing at the re­cent Cullen Baker Coun­try fes­ti­val.

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