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Charlotte Amalie
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Feb. 28, 2002 – Two longtime St. John residents who became acquainted in another walk of life are teaming up for the March art exhibition at Chase Bank in Cruz Bay. The show, presented under the auspices of the St. John School of the Arts, is of digitized "watercolor photography" by Pam Taylor and paintings, mainly acrylics, by Daisy Klecan.
Taylor, an island resident for about 10 years, describes herself as a self-taught artist who has been working in various mediums since the age of 8. A Connecticut native, she worked as a paralegal in Vermont for 13 years before moving to St. John, where she took up the commuting life with a paralegal job on St. Thomas.
Daisy Klecan, another St. John resident, shared the daily ride with her on the ferry between St. John and downtown St. Thomas, where Klecan, too, worked as a paralegal for a time.
"Weary of the commute" after seven years, Taylor decided "to turn my attention to my art." She started painting signs for local restaurants, then "began drawing and painting on a pretty much full-time basis." About that time, the Artists' Association of St. John was being formed "and I attended some meetings, helped with the legal aspects of incorporation of the non-profit organization, was elected to the board of directors and appointed treasurer."
She co-chaired the association's exhibition at the Westin St. John Feb. 7-11 and was a featured artist at the Lorelei shop for the St. John Arts Festival, which was going on at the same time. For the Lorelei show, she turned to her camera knowledge "and came up with a series of what I am calling watercolor photography."
The images, computer prints that have the look of watercolors, are of familiar spots around St. John, she says, "from Vye's Snack Shack on the East End to Woody's on the west." For the Chase show, she's staying with the genre with a series she calls "Flora and Fauna of St. John." Among the pictures are "some recent shots of the baby deer at Lameshur Bay."
Taylor is keeping her technique for composing the watercolor photos a secret for now "as it is new and I don't want it to be copied yet." Meanwhile, she is continuing to work in acrylic, watercolor and pastel and has some three-dimensional mixed media pieces in progress.
Klecan, a resident of the Virgin Islands for 25 years and of Lovango Cay for 16 of them, is a former sailor. It was a traumatic experience last year that led her to take up art on a full-time basis.
"Convalescing after a catastrophic accident that left my right arm partially paralized for seven months, I wondered if I would ever have the use of my arm again," she relates. "After 20 years of painting sporadically, I vowed that if I recovered the use of my arm, I would follow my lifelong dream of painting full time." She said she believes that her resolution helped her heal and kept her motivated through the long months of rehabilitation.
She paints primarily in acrylic on canvas but currently also is working with pastel and watercolor. "I take my inspiration from nature as reflected in my landscapes and seascapes," she says.
The show opens Friday and will hang through the end of March. All of the exhibited works are for sale.

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