The Prescott Valley Art Guild exhibits its work at the Good Samaritan Center, 3380 N. Windsong Road, Prescott Valley, on a quarterly basis. From now through mid-January, the public can stroll the hallway and admire - or purchase - artwork by featured artists Paulette Bedford, Mei-June Liao, Florence Muscara and Carol Holloway.
Holloway moved to Prescott Valley after retiring six years ago. She enjoyed art classes in high school and community college, but took a 20-year break to marry and raise children. At age 50, she started back with classes at Glendale Community College in the Valley, and has been painting ever since.
"My garden was my inspiration," she said. She often takes photographs of flowers, landscapes and her grandchildren, and uses those as a starting point for her artwork. Sometimes she will enlarge a small section of a photo and paint a dollar-sized blossom, such as the snail flower, on a large canvas.
Holloway said she was taught never to paint on a white canvas. For a while she painted only on a black background but now uses other colors, including a bright Chinese red.
Sometimes the painting and the photo match each other, sometimes not; it doesn't seem to matter.
"It's not exactly the way it looked, but you throw away the reference photo afterwards," she said with a laugh.
Muscara, 72, said she married young, had five children, and at one time she answered one of those "Learn How to Draw" advertisements in a magazine.
"With five kids, you don't have time (to paint)," she said.
She liked to sew, however, but she realized it was mainly the colors of the fabrics that appealed to her. In her oil paintings, she said the more one squints, the more colors one sees - even the five different values in her white paint.
In 2001, she moved to Prescott Valley after visiting a woman here that she met in San Diego where she worked in a Michaels Store.
"I walked into the Art Guild and felt right at home," she said. "My mind is 35. I feel so alive until my body says, 'Whoa, lady,'" Muscara said. "Painting touches my heart."
For information about the exhibit or the PV Art Guild, call Kay Demski at 775-4989.