RAL Art Center announces May events

The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, recently announced special events for May.

All About the Waterman, an exhibit celebrating the waterman featuring works by members in a variety of media, will open May 1 and continue through May 26, reported Barbara Pulling of the communications committee.

A First Friday Art Reception, from 5 to 7 p.m. May 4, will showcase the exhibit. The public is invited to visit the center, meet exhibiting artists and enjoy light refreshments, said Pulling.

Upcoming workshops will include:

• May 9 through 11, Get Out! Plein Air Painting Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The instructor will be Brenda Sylvia. Participants of all levels will paint outside, weather permitting and learn to simplify their paintings and work quickly while still capturing the essence of a place.

• May 16 through 19, Abstract Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The instructor will be Pat Dews, known for capturing the abstract essence of nature. She will show that with the simplest tools, less can become more.

For materials, fees and registration, visit the center, call 436-9309, or consult www.ralartcenter.com.