Rachel Bod­nar named to Bud­ding Artist Pro­gram

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Danc­ing Tree Cre­ations Ar­ti­sans Gallery & Stu­dio is proud to name Rachel Bod­nar as their next Bud­ding Artist. An open­ing re­cep­tion was held dur­ing September’s Fourth Fri­day Boy­er­town Art Walk on Sept. 22. The Bud­ding Artist Pro­gram pro­vides school-aged artists an op­por­tu­nity to join over 200 lo­cal and na­tional ar­ti­sans in ex­hibit­ing and sell­ing their crafts for a three-month pe­riod of time with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Bud­ding Artist.

Bod­nar, a se­nior at Boy­er­town Area Se­nior High, is the Gallery’s 12th Bud­ding Artist; her work will be avail­able through De­cem­ber 2017.

For Bod­nar, cre­at­ing art was al­ways a hobby; but once she be­gan high school and started to

take art more se­ri­ously, it be­came much more. Un­til then, paint­ing was only what she did when she was spon­ta­neously in­spired; now it is a driv­ing force with in­spi­ra­tion har­vested from ev­ery­day life.

Her first high school draw­ing class, taught by Mr. Dare­neau, was noth­ing like she ex­pected. Like most peo­ple who get to this level, she ex­pected strict rules on her artis­tic process that would re­sult in a photo-re­al­is­tic mas­ter­piece. In­stead, what she re­ceived was help­ful ad­vice tai­lored to her cre­ativ­ity and en­cour­age­ment to foster her own style. In­stead of cre­at­ing a pho­to­copy of an ex­ist­ing ob­ject (which she can also now do, thanks to the teach­ings of Mr. Dare­neau), she learned to cre­ate her own art.

Paint­ing in­ten­si­fied her new-found love of cre­at­ing. Bod­nar cred­its Mrs. Pamela Hen­drix, a Boy­er­town High School Paint­ing and Mixed Me­dia teacher, with help­ing her un­der­stand the feel­ing be­hind art, the pas­sion that moves a brush across a can­vas. By giv­ing her stu­dents the ex­plicit free­dom to cre­ate what­ever they found in­spir­ing or in­trigu­ing, Hen­drix helped Bod­nar dis­cover the hunger she had for paint­ing, “While draw­ing, to me, has al­ways been about pre­ci­sion and grit,” Bod­nar states, “paint­ing has be­come a chil­dren’s story book, ripe with imag­i­na­tion and color.”

Bod­nar’s fu­ture with art re­mains a blank can­vas. Not only is she in­ter­ested in any and all forms of cre­ation and cap­tur­ing beauty, she is still try­ing to trans­late this love into a col­lege and ca­reer plan. The Sa­van­nah Col­lege of Art and De­sign has al­ways been in her sights, but so have many other schools. Work­ing for a com­pany like Dis­ney has al­ways in­ter­ested her be­cause of their ded­i­ca­tion to de­tail and cre­ativ­ity. “Maybe I will end up there some­day,” Bod­nar said, “work­ing on a cre­ative team and dream­ing up ideas for peo­ple of all ages to squeal and laugh over, tear up or sing along to; but I know that my fu­ture lies in my imag­i­na­tion, and the only thing that can catch up to that is my art.”

“We hope you’ll be able to join Rachel at her re­cep­tion to en­cour­age her fur­ther and learn more about this tal­ented bud­ding artist’s imag­i­na­tion,” said Lyn Camella-Rich, co-owner of Danc­ing Tree Cre­ations.

Ink and wa­ter­color — Flow­ers by Rachel Bod­nar

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