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Salina Woman to be Honored

KSAL Staff - September 9, 2015 10:15 am

Barb Culley will be recognized as Saline County’s Senior Honoree.

Barb Culley will be recognized as Saline County’s Senior Honoree.

A Salina woman will be recognized as Saline County’s Senior Honoree for the annual Sunflower Fair. According to the Saline County Commission on Aging, Barb Culley will be honored.

Barb Culley is an artist. While her preferred medium is oil paint, perhaps her greatest artistic talent lies in her ability to help others find and enhance their own creativity with canvass and paint.

Still a teacher at heart, the former educator (physical education) has taught oil painting classes for approximately 20 years at the Salina Senior Center. Her students range from seasoned painters to those who are exploring painting for the first time. Several times over the past 10 years, Culley and her students have participated in art shows at the Salina Senior Center. The shows were a part of Salina Arts and Humanities First Thursday Art Rush, and organized monthly event of exhibits and performances throughout Salina.

Culley also taught painting classes at Sunflower Adult Day Services in Salina for approximately six years. Additionally, she has offered painting classes for non-painters at her church and then donated the proceeds to the church building fund.

During all those years, Culley has taught hundreds of seniors how to create beautiful works of art with oil paints and canvass. According to Culley, “contemporary decorative painting is a teachable art form because of the systematic method that is employed. The use of either pre-drawn or freehand designs allows a high degree of success without academic training or inherent drawing ability.”

What does Culley get out of teaching all those people to paint with oils? “For me, it is extremely rewarding. I have students in their 60s to their 80s who still find joy in painting. Like any teacher, I am rewarded by seeing the enjoyment, satisfaction, and progress of my students,” Culley said.

Culley, who is self-taught, also is an award-winning artist, including a Best In Show award from the 2012 Kansas State Fair.

Story by: Leslie Eikleberry

City of Salina