Van Dorn’s work

Mary Lou Van Dorn of Sugar Grove will be the featured artist at the Allegheny Artistry Gallery, 106 E. Main St., Youngsville. The public is invited to meet and greet the artist at the opening celebration Friday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Van Dorn fell in love with watercolor painting when she attended Rosary Hill College in Buffalo, N.Y. She took more painting classes in Florida. Over the years, she continued painting as often as raising four children would allow. Her husband and she also have their own business known as the Clock Shop in Sugar Grove.

“For 30 years most of my painting was related to restoring clock faces and reverse painting on the glass doors of clocks,” she said. “Now that we are semi retired, I have more time to do what I love – paint.”

Watercolor can be a difficult medium to master, but Van Dorn makes it look easy. Her subjects are taken from her surroundings. By spending time near the ocean one can spend hours just watching the water. Her seascapes reflect her powers of observation as she captures the transparent colors in the waves and their foaming caps without overworking the paint. Gardening is a favorite pastime of Van Dorn, making flowers one of her favorite subjects. She renders the delicateness of iris, lilies and other flowers with a light hand and stunning colors.

Although Van Dorn says that watercolor is her favorite medium, she is equally adept with oil. Examples of landscapes and flowers done in oils are also included in this show.

The show will run through October. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.