The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Summer Art Exhibit featuring an exclusive showing of 17 oil paintings by Grace Schlesier of El Cajon. This solo show will run through the end of September. Schlesier, an award-winning Plein Air oil painter, specializes in coastal scenes. She has been named as one of the 10 top women artists in the U.S. by Art of the West, a fine art magazine.

“A painting is about how it makes you feel,” said Schlesier. “In my paintings, do you feel the warmth of a summer’s day, the lighthearted feeling of springtime or the rush of an oncoming storm? If you do, then I’ve done my job.”

She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists. She also is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Artists Professional League of New York, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, California Art Club, Salmagundi Club of New York City and Women Artists of the West.

Her painting of Torrey Pines — Pinus torreyana, the nation’s rarest pine tree — was selected for Paint Americas Top 100. Prints are sold at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve’s Visitor Center. Her work also has been included in several art books and publications, including “How Did You Paint That?” published by International Artist Magazine. Her website is www.graceschlesier.com.

Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The art exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.

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