Artists by the Lake

at the Lakeview Recreation Center


 Our Wham Show was a great success! While there was only one sale it was great to have a place to show off our art. The People's Choice award was won by Josh Thompson for his Arizona landscape. Congratulations Josh!

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IMG 0747November’s Artist of the Month at the Artists by the Lake Club is Deb Dahlin. Her work can be viewed in the showcase outside the art on the second floor of Lakeview Recreation Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Rd., Sun City, Az 85351. 

Ms. Dahlin received a Bachelor degree in art education from SUNY at New Paltz and received a Masters Degree from Syracuse University. She was able to take over 50 hours of graduate SU studio classes as a result of hosting student teachers from SU over her 26 years as an art teacher in Liverpool, New York. She studied under Nicora Gangi who introduced her to pastel.. She also had the opportunity to study pastel with Kitty Wallis and Robert Carsten. 

After retiring, she relocated to Sun City, Arizona. Ms. Dahin is the the current president of Artists by the Lake and a member of Palo Verde Art Club, WHAM , Sun City Clay Club and Vanguard. She teaches a pastel class to seniors and volunteer at WHAM. She has exhibited work at the All Sun City Art Show, Glendale Invitational, Palo Verde Art Show , West Valley Art Museum ,Everson Art Museum and the New York State Fair in the professional category.

Ms. Dahlin states ,”When I discovered pastel, it was a color explosion and made art so exciting to me  Working with pure pigment is a joyful experience I love sharing with students. I enjoy combining colors and putting them next to each other to create a vibrant communication as part of the composition.  Many of the sanded papers allow for an under-painting technique which I like to use because I began making art as a painter and I like the feel of a brush in my hand. This also allows me to see if the values are working beforeI begin applying pastel. “

Ms. Dahlin has traveled as part of my teaching experiences and has been to Japan, Greece, Italy, France, China, Egypt, Ireland, Costa Rica and Mexico. She uses personal photos as the inspiration for my art. Ms. Dahlin says,” Now, as I learn to become a western artist, I like going to Sedona ,White Tank,  Jerome and other spots in AZ. Capturing the light and atmosphere of Arizona is my next challenge. I enjoy making art as much as I loved teaching it and sometimes feel as though I am just beginning to really learn to express myself artistically.”



The Covid quarantine allowed Ms. Dahlin to further examine her own work as well as try her hand at alcohol ink. The colors are just as vibrant as pastel and she enjoys working with them. The problem with quarantine is the lack of audience. She likes 

painting because it’s her visual communication with the world and not having that ability to share my work has been challenging. Ms. Dahlin states,” I am ready to get back to sharing art in person.”

Ms. Dahlin teaches a small class for Pastel on Wednesday mornings.. To join the Artists by the Lake Club stop by the art room and sign up. You must be a resident of Sun City with a valid RCSC Card and pay dues. FMI This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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