Exhibit features work of Burkett, students

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As the old adage goes, “a good student is only as good as the teacher,” and local community will get to see how good local art instructor Dot Burkett and her seven students in their art exhibit that begins today at the LAAC.

Burkett said the exhibit features pieces by Flossie Durkee, Linda Rabren, Linda Kyle, Sandy Bryant, Lynn Stone, Connie Maddox, Margie Thomasson and herself.

The class meets once a week, and with students taking as long as eight years and as little as two months.

“It features acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings,” she said. “I mostly teach acrylic, but we did take a few months off and do watercolor.”

Burkett holds a degree in art education and taught in the public and private sectors before moving to Andalusia in 2005.

“I mainly teach adults, but this summer I’m going to teach some children,” she said.

Among the paintings featured is a series Burkett painted while living in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

“It’s based on how the girls were behaving,” she said. “There are also several portraits because I devote all my art free time to portraits.”

While, the exhibit features several portraits of Burkett’s grandchildren, she’s also proud of her “Maggie portrait.”

The portrait is of Maggie Shelley and her dog, Garmin.

“This portrait really made her day,” she said.

The exhibit will run from today through May each afternoon, and a reception will be held May 5, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.