Wallace talks about Bruce

“Patiently Waiting” (detail), graphite drawing by Bruce Lynn Dellinger.

     We all can learn a thing or two about ability from Bruce Lynn Dellinger. Bruce is an artist from Timberville, Virginia, whose work we are fortunate to currently have on display as part of “The Art of Therapy,” exhibit.  Bruce has worked with many mediums, but he finds that a No. 2 pencil is his medium of choice to create intricate images of wildlife, animals and scenes of nature.  Many of his incredibly detailed drawings can take up to 180 hours to complete.  He says that he likes to draw the natural world because he feels it best reflects his mood and his adaptability to life.

     Bruce is the official artist of the Virginia Wheelin’ Sportsmen Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).  He travels around the Virginia area to various festivals and activities, drawing, meeting the public and selling prints of his artwork. 

     Bruce is self-taught and has been successfully drawing and marketing his work for over 15 years.  He does all his artwork by holding a pencil firmly between his teeth, because a farming accident in 1981 left him quadriplegic.  When he discovered that he could draw by mouth, he realized how enjoyable and therapeutic making art can be. 

“Honeysuckle Row” (detail), graphite drawing by Bruce Lynn Dellinger.

     We have three of Bruce’s beautiful drawings in The Art of Therapy exhibit.  If you are interested, we have a supply of his brochures which include an order form for prints of his work. 

     I hope you will visit the Wassenberg Art Center often to join with us in enjoying art of all kinds.  Our current exhibits, “It’s In the Cards” and “The Art of Therapy” focus on two very different types of art which both encourage interaction.  These shows, sponsored by Vancrest Health Care Center, will run through May 7.  Exhibit hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) and admission is free.   

     The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 643 S. Washington Street in Van Wert, Ohio.  Contact us by phone at 419.238.6837 or by e-mail at wassenberg@embarqmail.com .  Check the calendar on our website, www.vanwert.com/wassenberg , for current activities.

From Executive Director Hope Wallace

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