Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 25, 2011

Artist pours life into creations for Halloween show

Noteworthy Neighbor

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — As the haunting hour ticks ever closer to Pauls Valley Arts Council’s Halloween Art and Glow Show Oct. 28-31, residents from all over the region have a chance to see how ghoulish the community can be.

One such Garvin County resident, Ruthie Bustamante, had no trouble deciding whether or not to participate, with the only question on her mind on how long it would take to get work ready.

The event both satisfies a passion she’s had for creating artwork of all styles as long as she can remember and is a chance to combine it with what has always been her favorite holiday.

“I knew as soon as we were doing a Halloween show what I was going to do,” said Bustamante, who graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 2008. “It’s the one day you can be anyone you want to be and get away with it.”

Bustamante’s drive to create goes back as far as she can remember and noted how her mother, Nellie McBroon, still is proud of what started with making playdoh figures like Gumby and simple art supplies is now leading toward a career. She is currently an art student at East Central University with a major in the field and has even found a mentor in another love, ceramics, from her professor Wayneath Weddle.

However, Bustamante also feels compelled to carry on an artistic way of life in the area from those who have proven hard work pays off like another PV native, Kevin Stark.

She hopes to reach the limits with her art, be active in the community and is driven to create just to see what the next finished product will be.

“I’ve been doing art my whole life, but this is where it’s really blossomed... My foundation is in Pauls Valley,” said Bustamante, adding how she also likes to restore old cars and work on interior design with her mother. “I don’t think it was inspiration, I think I was born an artist.”

For this show, Bustamante will be entering the maximum allowed three pieces, including a spooky painting for the glow portion, a sculpture and a mixed media entry.

She has entered other Pauls Valley shows, with works like a giant black teapot, previously and has been a member of the arts council for about three months now.

Bustamante also plans to use body paint to help create her costume, which will get any visitor in free to the show Friday, and even bake a creepy cake for those who show up for the opening reception from 6-9 p.m.

For those who don’t show up in costume it is $10 to come to the show the first night, though admission for the public is free Saturday through Monday.

“Art is what I breath,” said Bustamante, noting how she’d next like to get a master’s degree and tour the country. “Instead of being obsessed with it, I’m possessed by it... It’s going to be art all the way.”

There is a $25 entry fee to participate, and all art must be accompanied by the artist’s name and contact information and ready for exhibition. Entries for the show may be dropped off at the Arts and Cultural Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26-27.

The show’s remaining times are set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. For more details, contact Wil Rohan at 360-770-9831.