STEPHENVILLE (January 3, 2017) – The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council will begin the new year by partnering with the Stephenville Public Library to create a new exhibit that will feature young artists. Beginning next week, ten-year-old artist Corinne Buchanan will open the exhibit with her first gallery at the Stephenville Public Library.
The exhibit will run from Jan. 9 through March 1 with the CTFAC holding a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the library.
“I’m so excited that [Corinne] is the first one to kick it off,” CTFAC executive director Julie Crouch said. “She is a lovely little girl.”
The idea for the new children’s art exhibit was born when the Stephenville Public Library contacted the CTFAC about having space available for a small art gallery.
“They had a very small space available,” Crouch said. “We figured it would be the perfect size and fit for a children’s art exhibit.”
Crouch said that Corinne first came to mind due to her talent. She and her family are involved at the CTFAC, and Corinne has even held a birthday party there. Corinne has also competed in art contests through the 4-H Club.
“She does all kinds of art,” Crouch said. “But, she is so talented at painting animals. Her talent is amazing.”
Corinne is the daughter of local equine veterinarians Drs. Charlie and Shannon Buchanan and attends fifth grade at Morgan Mill ISD.
Animals will be the focus of Corinne’s exhibit, because she enjoys drawing them and believes she is “not very good at [drawing] people.” Corinne said she was very excited for her upcoming exhibit.
“I started painting at a really young age, and I didn’t know that I was very good at it,” Corinne said. “It’s cool to think that people know about me.”
Corinne has been painting for as long as she can remember. Shannon Buchanan said that Corinne began painting between 18 months and two years old.
“I remember sitting at the table with a piece of paper, and I’d have buckets of paint around me, and I’d stick my hands in there and paint,” Corinne said.
While Corinne has no formal training, she has attended art camps and spent time with local artists such as Debbie Lincoln.
“Mrs. Debbie took me one day to an art class where we learned how to use pastels, and that was the first time we used pastels,” Corinne said.
Though Corinne enjoyed using pastels and also enjoys drawing and coloring with markers and crayons, her favorite way to create art is by painting with acrylics using her fingers.
“It’s kind of hard, but I like painting with my fingers because I feel like I have more control over it,” Corinne said.
Besides painting, Corinne enjoys spending time with her best friend, playing with her dogs, baking and sculpting. She also crafts and likes to carve in wood at school. But, Corinne loves to create art the most.
“You get to express yourself on canvases and sketches and stuff,” Corinne said. “It’s a little time to myself. It helps me think about stuff and concentrate.”