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July 9, 2008 > Student and Teacher Find Joy in Art

Student and Teacher Find Joy in Art

By Mona Shah

Lynda Benoit and Flora Thompson a teacher-student team recently completed a 16-week course of study with the renowned artist Stefan Baumann. The culmination of this journey is depicted in an exhibit of these two artists at Mission Coffee Roasting Company.

As a young mother, Benoit (the teacher) studied dance for seven years...choreographing, performing and creating her own costumes. During that period, a good friend and fellow dancer taught her the art of stained glass design. She started with small "sun-catchers", eventually moving onto larger framed window pieces, and three dimensional designs- including lamp shades and boxes. Soon Benoit was creating her own designs unique to glass construction. Her works were visible at art shows, street fairs and through commercial, commissions. She decided to take formal lessons and completed a degree in Graphic Design at Ohlone College...not a small feat while raising four children!

Thompson (the student) retired about three years ago. While unpacking a box brought home from work, she found a list made years before listing things she wanted to do in retirement. Number one on the list was learning to watercolor. In her "ah-ha" moment she thought, "Why not?" and began taking classes with Lynda Benoit at the Fremont Adult School. Thompson learned to transfer her view of nature to canvas.

On the Thompson's recent camping trip on the Russian River, she was able to paint every day. Her love for that area is well expressed in her paintings. In April of this year she returned to Mt. Shasta for a workshop with Strephan Baumann. They actually painted while it was snowing! Thompson's inspiration comes from Benoit who continues push her to try new things in art and shares this show.

Artists' reception
Sunday, July 13
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 1- 31

Mission Coffee Roasting Company
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
151 Washington Blvd. Fremont
(510) 623-6920

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