A local group has been meeting for more than 25 years to share a love of decorative painting. The Wildflowers of Texoma Paint Chapter has about 30 members and meets monthly.
Sanctioned by the Society of Decorative Painters headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, the group is made up of experienced artists and amateur artists that want to build their skills in flower arranging, home decorating, photography and more. The group meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Center Street Church of Christ in Sherman.
“We create lasting friendships with those who we have a common interest, learning new techniques through various mediums, re-purposing and up-cycling useful objects with painting,” the group’s Nancy Nass said. “We embrace and encourage each other.”
Recently, Wildflower of Texoma group member Leslie Landis of Sherman won an award at a national Norwegian-American folk art competition. Landis practices rosemaling with the group that studies Tole painting.
“No experience is necessary to use this art form,” she said in an email. “Some painters have always had interest in some form of art; flower arranging, home decorating, photography and others have had no past involvement, but at some point have had some exposure to Decorative painting and were intrigued enough to learn. Joining a group of painters is a great way to learn and share a common interest.”
The group also does many community projects, including painting memory boxes for Texoma Medical Center parents who have lost infant children.
“We paint tote bags for organizations serving children in crises,” Nass said. “We paint items for residents in assisted living facilities. We do painted tablescapes for the Women’s Gift Exchange annual fundraiser.”
The group provides a scholarship for an art student at Grayson College and will have a display at the Sherman Public Library to celebrate Tole month, which is October.
“Decorative painting is a diverse art form that utilizes a variety of techniques and media to decorate functional and non- functional surfaces,” Nass said. “Tole painting is the term that has been used historically for Decorative painting on tin surfaces, especially in New England and by the Pennsylvania Germans. Today, Decorative painting has branched out into many different looks. It can be whimsical, folk art, scenic, floral still lifes, rosemaling and Russian Zhostova. Visitors are always welcome to observe.”
The goal, Nass said, is to promote decorative painting to keep the art form alive and to learn from and encourage artists.
“Fundraisers (such as raffles and luncheons) are how we support the group,” Nass’s email said. “At our monthly meetings we have a mini paint seminar taught by teachers within our group. Once or twice a year we sponsor a national teacher that conducts a two day seminar locally. There are also National conventions that many of us attend for classes. Each teacher brings to us her own unique method or style, which brings a new adventure no matter how long each of us have painted.”