Van der Poel’s work on display at Creston library

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As part of the Community Arts Council of Creston and Creston and District Public Library’s partnership providing an ongoing venue for local artists, the works of Val van der Poel will be shown through Nov. 19.

Van der Poel started to dabble in art when her grandfather gave her some calligraphy lessons at age nine. But it wasn’t until 1996 that she started taking art as a serious avocation. Her work has been exhibited locally and regionally, and is in a number of private collections internationally. She enjoys encouraging and helping emerging artists, and has taught several beginner artist groups since 2000.

If variety is the spice of life, then van der Poel is living life to its fullest though her art. She works in watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and pastel. Her subject matter is varied as well, including flowers, landscapes, still lifes, birds, animals, and even the occasional abstract. When working with acrylic, van der Poel will try almost any surface from rocks to fabric.