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  • Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe.
    Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe.
  • Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe.
    Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe.
  • Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe.
    Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe.

Louise Vest To Bring Nautical Oil Paintings To Mountain Road Library

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Since she was 10 years old, Louise Vest has expressed interest in art, primarily training with oil paintings. Vest’s parents signed her up for private art lessons after seeing she had “a small talent” for it. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, who also dabbled in arts and crafts.

Now a grandmother with four grandchildren, Vest has still not given up on her love for artwork. Throughout May, Vest will have 12 to 14 pieces on display at Mountain Road Library. Her pieces will include acrylic paintings, but the majority will be nautical oil paintings, which portray various water scenes, boats and beach shores, similar to what is found in the Anne Arundel County area.

Vest said water is important to her and has always soothed and calmed her throughout her life. She specifically remembered one time, as a reporter tired of looking at a computer, that she walked down to the water to get some relief.

“I can remember … going down to Annapolis and sitting on a bench by the water,” Vest said, “and taking notepaper and just looking at the water, and I could write better there.”

Vest said she will create art more frequently after the display. She plans to do more with watercolors and start something new: painting on window screens.

Vest said the challenge of creating artwork will always make it special for her. “You can recreate something that you can hang on to and enjoy when it’s winter and it’s 15 degrees [outside],” she said.

Many of Vest’s pieces are inspired by scenery, such as light reflecting off the water, sunrises, sunsets and images that she finds “exciting and calming” to observe. Vest believes she has always had an eye for art.

Vest’s pieces on display will range from $40 to $100, but all proceeds will go to the Cisco Center in Severna Park, a nonprofit that serves children and families with special needs. Vest’s grandson, who had autism, attends the center.

Cisco Nochera, the executive director at Cisco Center, said his organization wouldn’t be able to exist without help from people like Vest.

“She’s very kind; she’s always trying to help us in some way,” Nochera said. “Her daughter … will fill out applications to try to get special funding for her kid. If she can’t … grandma will do everything in her power to raise funds. She’s just a great person.”

Nochera said the funds he obtains from donations greatly help the 50 to 100 families his organization serves a year. The money will go to equipment, scholarship funds and anything that will help serve the children at the center.

Susan Harry, one of Vest’s daughters, is displaying her artwork at the library during April. Harry differs from Vest in terms of artwork, mainly focusing on watercolors. However, Harry learned much from Vest growing up, as she allowed her the space to grow.

There was always an art space in the house, Harry said, and her mother often signed her up for private art lessons.

Harry explained that Vest is also fearless when it comes to her artwork.

“My mom is never afraid to try new things, especially with paintings,” Harry explained. “The best part is she is using her paintings and her creativity to [help] the Cisco Center. That has meant a lot to us.”

Vest also has had displays in Annapolis, and has painted murals on walls in elementary school cafeterias.


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