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Uniontown artist finds creative way to 'unwind'

| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bringing her special combinations of color and texture to the public is a longtime dream for Uniontown resident Laura Koposko, who is displaying her artwork as the October Artist of the Month at the Fayette County Law Library located in the Fayette County Courthouse.

Koposko is showing numerous examples of her work that include original acrylic painting, drawn prints and jewelry that include handmade necklaces and bracelets that reflect the artist's creativity and whimsical nature.

“I heard about this when I was displaying my art in a show a few years ago at the State Theatre,” Koposko said of the opportunity to display her work for one month as part of the artist program launched years ago by Law Librarian Barbara Pasqua. “I think it's a fantastic opportunity to have my work displayed. Just the exposure alone is wonderful.”

Koposko said that she knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist, and started working with her talent as a youth, honing her skills as she attended California University with a dual major in art and psychology.

“I was always doing different drawings and working on crafts when I was younger,” Koposko said. “Now I work on my art as much as I can.”

Koposko is employed as a social worker but escapes to her studio to work on her craft whenever she can.

“I find that it's a good way to unwind,” Koposko said.

Inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh, Koposko enjoys working with textures and colors of the master.

“I love Van Gogh,” Koposko said. “I love his texture and his use of color, and I try to also work a lot with texture and color.”

Utilizing objects that are different in her work, Koposko uses what she refers to as “found pieces” which can range from pieces of wood to metal washers.

“I try to incorporate some of the found pieces into my work,” Koposko said.

Several years ago, Koposko began to work with jewelry, creating unique and interesting pieces from beads, medallions and the “found pieces” of bits of this and that, making lovely one-of-a-kind wearable art.

“I am really starting to concentrate more on my jewelry,” Koposko said. “I enjoy doing it and it's interesting to see what I can come up with.”

Koposko has several paintings of numerous sizes, prints and many pieces of her jewelry on display now through the end of the month. Each piece is for sale.

“I enjoy my art; it's fun,” Koposko said. “I think it's fun to create, and it's really a great way to me to unwind.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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