Local artist responds to region
There is just one more week to see artist Pam Bowers’ work at the Library in Northumberland.
There’s just one more week to see the newest art exhibit on display at the Northumberland Library in Heathsville.
Artist Pam Bowers has turned the Library’s meeting room into a gallery of all forms of art from abstract and impressionists through flora and fauna, seas and seasons people and pussycats and everything in between. Her use of color is delightful to those who seek color as their priority in paintings. Pam’s versatility is shown by the different mediums she uses to make her art come alive for the viewer whether it is watercolor and ink, on paper or canvas, or sandblasting on glass and even some paintings on silver.
Beginning on the front wall is a water color and acrylic painting of angels named “Responding to You.” Even dragonflies respond to her talent by lighting on a bush outside her window waiting to be photographed and then painted at her leisure. She said she had never seen an orange dragonfly before. A floral painting of pink pieces and inpatients is named “My Mothers Favorites” because her mother loved flowers and grew inpatients. While she also loves to do landscapes with trees of varied colors, she was inspired to do a seascape of a rough rocky Pacific coast vista off Monterey when she visited her mother. A viewer can almost feel the danger of getting too close to those rough seas. Another water painting is of a vibrant blue heron standing tall in the water.
Pam says she has always wanted to paint and she has made it her life’s work in one form or another. She was born in Washington, D.C. and lived there throughout her youth. She met her future husband, Lynn Bowers when they were 17 and attended high school together. They, like many young people drifted apart as college and careers came into play. She studied art at VCU when it was RPI and graduated in 1966. Seven years later she went to American University and Temple University to take courses to prepare her for getting her masters degree in Art Therapy at George Washington University in DC. Following that she joined a group under Dr. Doris Hardry of American University, using art therapy to help handicapped children in Barbados, Guatemala and Lima, Peru. She worked with a group in Florida designing a program for children and later was in California several times to set up pilot programs in art. She taught art Janney Elementary School in DC before retiring. She then did part-time work in Lignum, Va.
In 1981, mutual friends helped Pam and Lynn Bowers meet again and in 1983 they married. He had designed a house he wanted to build next to his mother, Charlotte Neal Bowers, at Mundy Point. Lynn had to change the house plans before building though, to include a studio for his wife. In 2004 they moved into a house he built himself which included the studio for his wife’s art work. He is also a handy helper in her art endeavors because he is very talented in designing and making, things, Pam said. He made the tall frame for her heron picture as well as other frames. He also made sandblasting equipment and sandblasts the parts of the sandblasting paintings she does.
Pam now keeps her art teaching skills handy by teaching an art class at RWC in Irvington one day a week.