Taste of the Arts to showcase area painters


For the Daily Call



PIQUA — The May 19 Taste of the Arts in downtown Piqua will feature two area artists who will demonstrate different styles of painting: Shirley DeLaet of Troy and Dan Knepper of Jackson Center.

DeLaet will be at Readmore’s Hallmark store from 5-9 p.m. and will be demonstrating oil painting. One of her favorite types of art to do is still life, which will be her focus that night. “I really love to do landscapes and I also paint with watercolor and acrylics,” said DeLaet, a lifelong artist.

“Taste of the Arts is a great opportunity for me to share some ideas that I use to create my artwork,” she added.

DeLaet is a professional artist with a studio in her home. She has been featured in several area galleries including the Troy- Hayner Cultural Center. Her artwork can also be found on her website, shirleydelaet.com.

Knepper will focus on painting in watercolor or oils during Taste of the Arts. He has been a full-time artist for the past three years, but started painting while teaching and got serious about 12 years ago. “I tend to do portraits/figures in watercolor, landscapes in oils and murals in acrylic latex,” said Knepper. “My favorite project to paint has been six light-hearted images which I did for the Dayton Children’s Hospital — they were a lot of fun to do.”

Knepper added, “I have displayed my work in galleries locally as well as in several areas across the country. I will be selling my artwork in the Art at the Mill shows in the spring and fall in Pennsylvania.”

A full-time artist who also gives lessons, Knepper has a website, www.danknepperart.weebly.com, which offers contact information and features samples of his paintings.

Taste of the Arts, in its 23rd year, is sponsored by Mainstreet Piqua. For more information about the event, contact Lorna Swisher, Mainstreet Piqua executive director, at (937) 773-9355 or visit piquatasteofthearts.com.

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For the Daily Call