Necla Balasaygun is February Artist of the Month at the library

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The Southington Public Library has announced Necla Balasaygun as the February Artist of the Month. Her oil paintings will be on display at The Gallery at the Southington Library throughout the month.

Balasaygun was born in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 25, 1949 and worked in the fashion industry in Istanbul after graduating from a technical art school. In the early 1970s, she married and began her family.

She moved to the United States and settled in New Jersey where Balasaygun enrolled in drawing and watercolor courses at a community college. After retirement, she moved to Savannah, Ga. where she attended classes at Zola Delburn’s studio, developing her oil painting techniques.

Belasaygun moved near Connecticut in 2009 and took a break from art to care for her ill husband. After his death, she resumed painting to cope with her loss. In August of 2014, she exhibited fifteen of her paintings at Waterbury Hospital.

Currently, she works part-time at Waterbury Hospital’s Gift shop, volunteers her time at the Barnes Museum in Southington, and is a full-time artist painting in her studio. She has receiving high praise for her oil paintings and captured a second place award at the Landings Art Association exhibition.

Look closely at Necla’s paintings, two original creations employ cantaloupe and pumpkin seeds to add dimension to her art work. To her knowledge this technique has not been utilized in this fashion by another artist.

Exhibits at The Gallery at the Southington Library are on display during the library’s regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Gallery is located on the main level near the Café and the Mezzanine.

To learn more about having an exhibit at the Gallery contact Jeanne Chmielewski at 860-628-0947 x 113 or email chmielewskij@southington.org.

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Necla Balasaygun uses cantaloupe and pumpkin seeds to add depth to her flowers.

Necla Balasaygun uses cantaloupe and pumpkin seeds to add depth to her flowers.

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