By BRIAN SMITH
A Weatherford High graduate is coming home to present her art exhibit which has strong family ties.
Glenda Green, a 1963 WHS graduate, will open her “Gardens of Our Heart — The Art of Glenda Green” exhibit today with a tea and reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
Green, who has lived in Sedona, Ariz., for the last 14 years, said she began painting at the age of 3, doing an oil painting of two little dogs and decided at that point she didn’t want to do anything else.
Much of her inspiration came from Green’s Garden, of which many of the 20 landscape paintings in the exhibit are based on. Green’s mother, Alma, was very creative and was ahead of her time in many things, including how she wanted her garden developed.
“Mom enjoyed zeroscaping, even back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, making sure she practices land conservation, which is very popular today,” Glenda Green said.
Green’s garden won many state awards and drew national attention. With part of her exhibit, Glenda Green wants to ensure “the legacy of Parker County lives on.”
Alma Green also had a number of handmade sculptures in her garden, which Glenda Green has donated to the Doss Center to start a permanent sculpture exhibit.
Glenda Green has done a lot of different styles of painting in her life, including portraits, abstract work and landscapes in her later life. Her mother’s garden was an inspiration to her and many of the paintings are a tribute to her mother.
Green found inspiration in Weatherford resident Douglas Chandor, a world-renowned portraitist in his own right, Green’s parents had done some work for Chandor in his residence. After Douglas Chandor passed away, Glenda Green was given some of Chandor’s brushes by Ina Chandor, Green said.
Many of the garden paintings have “more than meets the eye,” forcing the viewer to see and look at them from more than one reality, using a multitude of angles to focus on.
“The brain integrates perspective with other data to allow you to see,” Green said. “I wanted to create a variety of perspectives to trigger all four quadrants of the brain and allow people to literally be able to walk into the painting.”
The exhibit runs through the end of October. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.dosscenter.org.