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Peaceable scenes speak boldly in Maxwell's December art show

The acrylic paintings of Wendy Detrick Worsham do not depict holiday scenes, yet they somehow seem perfect for the holiday season. The Walton, N.Y., artist paints nature's simplicity in strong colors, serenity in bold strokes. Worsham's work will be on display Dec. 2 through 29 at Maxwell Memorial Library in the village of Camillus.

Worsham started out in graphic design, which she credits for the graphic, stylized quality of her artwork. Besides the acrylic on canvas, she occasionally works in pen and ink and sometimes incorporates media into paintings for the textural variety.

Her work tends to fall into two categories. In paintings of farm imagery, "I emphasize bucolic rolling hills and the geometric repetition of furrowed fields," she says. "I try to capture the peaceable contented nature of farm animals."

Graphic collages depicting birds comprise the second category. "I paint birds because they are special to me," she explains. "They are like carriers of secret messages from other worlds."

Worsham has exhibited and won awards at art festivals countrywide, including the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, where she won an Award of Distinction in 2009.

Worsham will be on hand to talk about her work and sell paintings and prints during the library's Merriment at Maxwell! holiday festival Saturday Dec. 11.

Maxwell Memorial Library is located at 14 Genesee St., Camillus. For more information, call 672-3661, go to maxwellmemoriallibrary.org or drop by the library.

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