Opening New Doors

January 03, 2009

Through PNCA’s Continuing Education classes, Elizabeth Schwartz found exceptional mentorship and inspiration that continue to nurture her art career.

When Schwartz moved to Portland from Idaho two years ago, she hadn’t practiced any fine arts in the past. She decided to take a “Continuing Education”: studio class at PNCA and now finds herself immersed in art.

“It is both nerve-wracking and exciting to think in terms of letting the public see my art, when two years ago I had never even considered putting paint brush to canvas… PNCA has opened wonderful new doors for me,” she said.

Beginning Painting was the only class with a vacancy that suited her level. Since then, Schwartz hasn’t stopped painting and hasn’t stopped taking classes — she particularly enjoys the unstructured nature of the Painting Atelier class with Stephen Mauldin. In Fall 2008, she was admitted into the painting thesis class at Portland State University, and is looking forward to showing at Portland’s Urban Grind café in early 2009.

Continuing Education classes start in mid-January, “register now”:

Photo by John Campbell