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Römer Art Center instructor Christel Santos works on a painting she plans to sell at the annual Spring Arts Festival, May 2-31. Santos teaches oil painting, tole painting, basic stained glass and pattern sewing at the art center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield.
Römer Art Center instructor Christel Santos works on a painting she plans to sell at the annual Spring Arts Festival, May 2-31. Santos teaches oil painting, tole painting, basic stained glass and pattern sewing at the art center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield. (Lisa Horn / S&S)

WIESBADEN, Germany — Two years ago, Lori Fahey’s watercolor painting was headed for the trash can. Emily Roguski, director of the Römer Art Center and Fahey’s instructor at the time, liked the painting so much that she bought it.

Since then, the rescued watercolor has become a symbol for the art center’s annual spring festival and now appears on exhibit advertising.

Roguski calls the beginner’s work, a “Römer success story.”

“[She] didn’t understand that what she did was wonderful,” Roguski said. “And we have many of those success stories, as a matter of fact.”

The Römer Art Center on Wiesbaden Army Airfield offers classes in a variety of mediums, including stained glass, photography, drawing, painting, sewing and pottery.

The May 2-31 Spring Arts Festival will include works by Römer students plus others from Hainerberg Elementary School, Aukamm Elementary School and Wiesbaden High School. Works will be hung throughout the Wiesbaden community including the art center, the Wiesbaden Community Activities Center and the Wiesbaden Army Airfield Library.

Artists in the Wiesbaden military community are also encouraged to submit their work. There is a $5 fee for community artists submitting one to two works and a $25 fee for three to eight pieces. Artists with the intention of selling will pay a $35 fee, and can show as many pieces as they desire, space permitting.

Performing artists will appear in matinee recitals each Sunday during the festival, including the grand opening’s presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” by area youth at 2 p.m. May 2 at the Community Activities Center.

Artwork will be accepted until April 28. For more information, call the art center at DSN 337-5722 or civilian 0611-705-5722.

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