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Visiting artist hopes to help students express themselves

BY LAUREL BLACKlblack@paducahsun.com

For Cindy Wunsch, the transition from managing country music stars to teaching art wasn't as drastic as one might think.

The skills Wunsch developed in the entertainment industry - namely, learning to be gentle as she worked with singers, performers and songwriters - transferred well to her current occupation, she said.

"I want to help (students) express themselves without wanting to manipulate or change (their art)," Wunsch said.

Wunsch spent the early years of her career on the road with the likes of Trace Adkins and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She switched gears in 2003, earning her master's degree in education and beginning a new journey as a visual artist.

The painter and mixed-media artist says she views painting as a healing agent. For her, art is a way to relax, ease anxiety and explore what she wants out of life.

"I like seeing the discovery on people's faces of their accomplishments," she said. "We so rarely get to discover things in life, and I think it's fun to watch that happen and build confidence, especially with kids."

Wunsch will share her expertise this August during two workshops at Ephemera Paducah, 333 North Ninth St. The first workshop, "The Heart of Art," will guide participants as they create two collages or paintings that serve as a visual representation of their dreams. Students are invited to bring remnants of fabric, paper and other items of significance that they will fold into the layers of each piece. That class, Wunsch said, is "pretty wide open." It's scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The second workshop, "Twinkle Toes," is a little more guided. Participants will create paintings of themselves from the waist down that show them in whatever environment they'd most like to be. The class will be held Friday, Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"I love teaching," said Wunsch, who operates her own studio, Studio Be, in her hometown. "I feel like it keeps me creatively open and constantly working."

For more information or to register for Wunsch's workshops, visit www.ephemerapaducah.com.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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