The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 7, 2011

Conneaut artist displays work

ASHTABULA — The March art exhibit at the Ashtabula Arts Center, “The Works of One Who Likes to Paint” by William Dalton will be on display until March 31.

Dalton grew up in an artistic family in Western Pennsylvania, graduating from Conneaut High School and Edinboro University.  He taught for 30 years with Conneaut Area City Schools where his family resides. 

It was during his first year of teaching in 1979 that Dalton began to dabble in painting after receiving a couple of canvas boards and a set of acrylics as a Christmas gift.  Reading books, visiting museums and studying art in his free time, he gained much insight into the world of painting.  His first competition was at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville, Pa.  It was there that William won his first ribbon.  “That felt wonderful,” Dalton says, “but it also showed me that by exhibiting, much can be learned.  You can begin to see what makes a painting well received and how all the elements read about in art books can be seen in the works of others.”

Dalton also spent years painting Christmas ornaments and in 1996 his oldest son came home to say he had rented a table at the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts for his father to sell these charming heirlooms. “I went along with the idea,” he says.  “I have to say that over the years it has been humbling to realize that the ornaments I have painted that now hang on Christmas trees worldwide will be small treasures that families cherish for the next 100 years.  Jason had a good idea.” 

Early in 2010, William was asked by the Geneva Lodge and Conference Center to serve as their artist in residence.  Each Saturday morning, he sets up a display of his work and paints for a few hours in the lobby.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to share my work with the many wonderful people that I have met there.  What has been especially nice is how we can inspire some of the youngest of the guests to keep  drawing and painting.  It can be a lifelong hobby with many rewards.”


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