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Artist Holmes brings love of nature to her work

Working on her sidewalk art in August at the Syracuse New Times contest, Elisabeth Holmes explains chalk technique to Benjamin Smith.

Working on her sidewalk art in August at the Syracuse New Times contest, Elisabeth Holmes explains chalk technique to Benjamin Smith. Linda Loomis

— Elisabeth Holmes was the child who opened a gift, set the toy aside, and figured out something creative to make from the box it came in. She will share her creative energy and skill with local children who attend the free Joyful Noise concert and arts event Jan. 27.

If you go

What: Joyful Noise: An Afternoon in the Arts. Includes music, visual arts and storytelling.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27

Where: Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool

Celebrate the arts for children. Doors open at 3:30. Free parking in church lot. All are welcome. Call 457-5180 for information.

“I always have known I was an artist,” Holmes said. “I grew up in a world of fantasy, so I had to create the physical world I had imagined, make the things that were in my fantasy world.”

Holmes says that as a highly visual person, when she reads, she feels as if she’s watching a movie. Everything takes on form and color. She is constantly creating.

Among her several current projects are dozens of tiny animals that each convey unique character or express a message.

“I identify mostly as an illustrator and a sculptor,” Holmes said. “The animals I now make have evolved over the years. A while ago, I received a book on how to create polymer figurines in a step-by-step process. I made the ones in the book, but soon I was creating my own designs. When I took ceramics in high school, it opened up a new world for me. I saw how physics and engineering were integrated into art.”

Holmes, who is wrapping up a graduate program in secondary science education at Syracuse University this year, said she has learned a lot, including the self-knowledge that what she needs to do for a career is something other than teach science.

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