By Beth Christian Broschart
The Parsons Advocate
PARSONS – One local artist was honored recently when her work was included in an Art Walk in Texas. Ann Cosner was selected to participate in an Art Walk in Fayetteville, Texas on May 8 and 9. Cosner said she was originally from Texas and grew up in Abilene.
Cosner said she worked hard to prepare for the exhibition and said she intended to take with her to the Art Walk.
“My talent is a gift from God,” Cosner said. “I have not had any formal training. I use the trial and error method until I get things to look right.”
She said she was honored to be included as one of the artists in the juried Art Walk.
“This is a gift to me,” Cosner said. “I work in acrylics. With those you have to work fast because they dry quickly.
She said she got involved in the Art Walk in Texas after her best friend passed away.
“We went down for her service,” Cosner said. “While we were there I was talking with one of our friends and he kept telling me I should get involved in the Art Walk. He took photos of my work and showed them to the folks from the Art Walk. They contacted me and sent me an application for my work to be juried. I did that and in February, I received a letter saying my work had been accepted.”
Cosner said she and her husband left on May 15th to go to the Art Walk. She said she selected the name, “Moments in Time” for her art work.
“That’s what any kind of picture or painting does – it captures a moment in time,” Cosner said.
Cosner has been painting since she was in school.
“I have always loved to draw and when I was in high school, and then I didn’t do much until I retired and moved back here,” Cosner said. “I started getting into it but it is hard. Lots of folks cannot afford to pay what I have into a picture, when it takes 15 to 20 hours to create.”
Cosner said she likes to paint landscapes, old houses and adaptions of photographs.
“I am good at animals and I like doing them, especially raccoons,” Cosner said. “I like painting on organic things such as shelf fungi, dried leaves and eggs.”
Cosner said the Art Walk was sponsored by Art for Rural Texas. She said she was very excited to participate and appreciated the support of her friends and family to help her make the trip to Texas.
Following the Art Walk, Cosner posted on Facebook, “Well, the Art Walk is over. Only sold one piece but that is ok. I had a great time, met some awesome people and learned a lot. I have some good ideas of what to take next year.”