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RCC library features Pomaska murals

This mural, which graces the Children’s Room of the RCC/Richmond County Public Library, was created by Urbanna artist Anna Pomaska.

“I’m so happy that I took the challenge,” said Urbanna artist Anna Pomaska about her venture into mural painting in the Children’s Room of the Rappahannock Community College/Richmond County Public Library.

Her appealing farmyard and woodland scenes add greatly to the fresh new look resulting from the library’s recent renovations, and she was particularly pleased that her art would become a permanent part of a community college. “I love community colleges,” she said. “They offer such great things when you’re ready to enrich and expand your abilities.”

During her work on the paintings, which took a total of perhaps 60 to 70 hours divided into three-hour or four-hour sessions, Pomaska was gratified to find that children using the room were fascinated by the process. “They wanted to help me paint,” she smiled. “One boy was so interested that I gave him a little lesson—I showed him how I got the different colors by mixing my paints.”

Soon after receiving her master’s degree, Pomaska published the first of well over 100 children’s activity books that she has written and illustrated for Dover Publications. “I was their first living children’s author,” she notes—previous children’s books from Dover had all been reprints of earlier works. The activity books were an excellent resource for the library murals, as the request for a “farm mural” fit perfectly with the “Baby Animals Sticker Stories” that she had already published.

In addition to her career in art, Pomaska and her husband, Wyatt Portz, are the creators of “Moving Breath Yoga,” which focuses on hatha yoga as a practice that excludes no age or body type, and addresses mind and spirit equally. They have taught for the last five years at the Gloucester Wellness Center and also at the Middlesex YMCA in Hartfield. In December of this year, they plan to open their own studio in Urbanna. “My yoga helped a lot with all the climbing and stretching I had to do with the murals,” said Pomaska.

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posted 11.20.2013

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