FRONT PAGE NEWS - The Vindicator Feature Article, July 14, 2016
A Lifetime of Creativity
FINE ART and FUN ART
Published: Youngstown VINDICATOR, 12:00 AM, Thu July, 14 2016
By REBECCA S. NIEMINEN, email@example.com
Beloved former Boardman High School art teacher and artist Flo Hosa Dougherty will greet the public at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art. The reception celebrates her Butler exhibit titled Flo Hosa Dougherty: A Lifetime of Creativity, which is a retrospective of 46 of her paintings representing fine art and fun art with an emphasis on local places of interest as well as the Southwest where she currently lives.
The exhibit opened July 10 and runs through Aug. 28.
Butler Director Louis Zona called Dougherty a “legendary artist and teacher. We’re very excited to show her work,” Zona said. “She is an extraordinary person and a talented artist who knows what it takes to make great art. She doesn’t take any short cuts and is very versatile. She is comfortable working with landscapes, figures and still life.”
Dougherty has had single works on display at the Butler in the past, but this is her first full exhibition.
She said she is very excited about the exhibit. “It’s going to be a big exhibit, so it’s exciting. I would like the public to enjoy the wide range of art. I will be there [Sunday] to answer questions and meet people,” she said.
Dougherty hopes to see many of her former students at the reception. “Many of them have kept in touch with me,” said Dougherty. “That is one of the bonuses of a long teaching career.” Dougherty’s career spanned 30 years at Boardman High School, where she was a teacher and art chairperson. She encouraged students to seek art-related professions and increased student art awareness. For these achievements she received many accolades from art and civic associations and city and federal governments both in her home state of Ohio and in her current home of New Mexico.
Dougherty’s former student Marcie Roepke-Applegate, who graduated from Boardman High School in 1981, remembers her with fondness and admiration. “I had her all through high school and took every art class offered,” Roepke-Applegate said. “She was a tough instructor and really had a passion for teaching. We explored so many avenues in art, through field trips, community projects and intense assignments that really pushed her students. If you were talented she locked onto you and pushed you harder. She knew who had potential and with some tough love she pulled that creative force out of you. Even more special were the friendships she established with her students. Here I am 35 years later celebrating such an influential mentor.”
Zona said Dougherty, who is 91, has the energy level of a person many years her junior. “She has always been active in art, and now that she is no longer teaching, she devotes all of her time to art,” he said. Dougherty’s fine art and fun art range in styles from realism to non-objective in oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and mixed media. Dougherty’s Blue Gate Gallery and Studio in Las Cruces, N.M., showcases her fine art and fun art. Entries in juried shows have earned her many awards throughout the years. She is also known as a whimsical illustrator and is busy developing characters for an anthology of children’s stories. Through Blue Gate Gallery, she sells original paintings and limited edition prints and cards.
Dougherty defines art as a “visual language that expresses inspiration, whether it springs from life, or an idea, emotion, experience or text. Inspiration is transformed into a tangible object through my choice of tools, media and dimensional possibilities,” she said in an artist’s statement. “How lovely that my muse whispers in tones both serious and whimsical, and I get to create art that ranges from fine to fun, literal to abstract, in a variety of two and three-dimensional forms.” Dougherty retired from Boardman High School in 1989 and moved to the Southwest in 1995.
Zona said he hopes the community will show up at Sunday’s reception to pay tribute to “a talented artist and a wonderful person of local importance.”
IF YOU GO
What: Flo Hosa Dougherty: A Lifetime of Creativity art exhibition
Where: Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown
When: Now through Aug. 28; a public reception with Dougherty will be Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.