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Woodstock artist hosting watercolor show

What began as a hobby for James Mansfield in between construction jobs has turned into a new calling.

Mansfield, of Woodstock, is hosting a Second Annual Watercolor Show at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 E. Van Buren St. A reception with the artist is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House.

His paintings feature scenes from throughout the area and elsewhere, such as a painting he created of New Orleans City Park.

Mansfield often paints from memory, having traveled to numerous places in his lifetime. A construction worker for more than 30 years, he began painting daily in recent years.

His paintings grew out of the artwork he’d give to family members and as part of homemade Christmas cards. He sold all of his paintings at last year’s similar show at the Opera House and donated a portion of the proceeds to local charities.

His paintings will be on sale throughout June.

For information, call 815-338-4212.

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