Monday, March 2, 2009

Education's loss is a gain for local art aficianados

Ran into Art Sherwyn and his daughter Liz at a recent museum opening and he let it drop that come May, his teaching career is over. Seems the budget crisis led to an offer from the high school district that allows him to retire early, bringing an end to a long career at Stockdale High School. Some know Art as the tennis coach and art teacher at Stockdale, where he led the Mustangs girls tennis team to three straight Valley championships. But his real passion is art, and it was last December when the Bakersfield Museum of Art featured his work and that of his daughter, Liz. It was the first time the two accomplished artists held a joint show. Art is a natural teacher and an even more natural artist. Having had a daughter who graduated from Stockdale and was fortunate enough to play for art on the tennis team, his retirement will be a huge loss. But it will allow Art to throw himself completely into his art, which has always been his greatest passion. Check out his website here.

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