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Drawing workshop gives area adults rare opportunity to color outside the lines

Feb 01, 2018 08:10AM ● By Brian Shaw

"Brushes and Paint" by Anne Wolfer, as seen on the 15th Street Gallery website. (Photo/15th Street Gallery courtesy of Anne Wolfer)

While they’re usually hemmed in by four walls and bound by rules galore, South Salt Lake adults will be given an opportunity to reach well beyond those boundaries and find new creativity at a drawing workshop beginning this month at the Columbus Center. 

Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 102 of the center, area residents over 18 will be able to learn more about drawing from local artist Anne Wolfer. 

The workshops took place on four consecutive Wednesdays in January and teach area residents to “learn skills to expand the way you see the world and tap into your creativity,” according to information on the South Salt Lake website. 

Wolfer, who is an arts teacher at Rowland Hall Middle School by day, is also an accomplished artist in her own right. 

Her works are also for sale at the 15th Street Gallery website. There you’ll find her images selling for anywhere from a few hundred to as much as a few thousand dollars. 

Wolfer’s style of art is referred to as “abstract realism,” which is basically an oxymoron if you consider that the term in and of itself consists of two conflicting art styles, abstract and realism. In one sense, abstract art can’t be defined by anything that is real; on the other hand realism can only be defined by what’s real—hence the conundrum. 

But, what abstract realism does is infuse elements of design with a real-life visual art depiction. For example, in several of Wolfer’s works you can see a piece of fruit, however, the fruit may look somewhat different in comparison to its real-life counterpart. 

For area residents who take advantage of learning how to draw at this free workshop at the Columbus Center, they’ll be learning from one of the area’s best abstract realists in Wolfer. 

Art supplies will be provided at the workshop, giving South Salt Lake residents yet another reason to stop by the Columbus Center for an hour or two. For more information and to register for the free event please call the center at (801) 412-3217.