Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery has welcomed watercolor artist Lana Cease for its February exhibit.

Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery has welcomed watercolor artist Lana Cease for its February exhibit. Cease, of northwest Missouri, was born and raised in Iowa. She was taught to paint in oils at a young age by her mother and later took many art courses throughout high school but experienced very little watercolor. A photographer by trade, she let her painting mainly go to the wayside until 2012 when her husband, Gene, bought her a watercolor class through AKMA as a Christmas gift.  “I’d always loved the look of watercolor but really didn’t know the proper techniques,” she said. “Having learned the basics of oil painting, it was difficult to make the jump as the approach to watercolor is the exact opposite of oil.” Cease took to it quickly and from there it unfolded extensively. “Watercolor was just a hobby for me to start, but after a while it blossomed into something more, something bigger than I expected and from that a potential exhibition started to form.” Cease adds, “This is certainly a lifelong dream and something I never really thought would happen to me.” Cease’s work is found at galleries and shops near northwest Missouri, numerous publications, various exhibitions throughout the country as well as in private collections from Washington, D,C,, Montlignon Paris, France, Sandy, Utah, Hilvarenbeck, Netherlands, and more. Cease is a member of National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society & Professional Photographers of America. She is the recipient of various awards from Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Spokane Watercolor Society & Missouri Watercolor Society. The Lana Cease Watercolor exhibit is now featured in the Cultural Corner Gallery opening today, (February 6). The exhibit will continue through Thursday, March 1, when a closing reception will be from 5 until 8 p.m.  The reception is open to the public.  For more information regarding this event or other events at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery visit www.culturalcornerartguild.org or call 660-240-5022.  To learn more about Lana Cease and her work visit www.lanacease.com