CLEARFIELD -- An art community is not something that comes to the forefront of people's minds when they think of Clearfield city.
But the city hopes to have changed that mindset with the free art show held this week inside the Clearfield municipal building lobby.
The display featured art from students in the community learning classes, where students ranged from 12-year-olds to senior citizens.
"We don't have an art community in Clearfield, so we'd like to increase the awareness of the art for our community," said 75-year-old Joyce Wally, an artist and oil painting instructor who has been teaching for the past 30 years.
For the past 18 months, Wally has taught at the Clearfield Community Center.
Nearly 150 different paintings were featured, all with varying themes -- whimsical, scenic, portrait, floral, Native American, animals and astronomy.
"It's amazing to see all of Joyce's students' paintings hanging up in the classroom and hallways of the Community Arts Center," said Pat Bergseng, Clearfield's recreation supervisor. "We are excited for this opportunity to share their talent with the community."
Wally said anyone can learn to paint, even the student who joined her class despite being told for years that she had no talent and should abandon any hope she had for pursuing painting.
"Anyone can learn to paint, because it's all about giving an impression of what you see," said Wally. "I teach the student to see the world that God has created as it is. People look, but they don't really see it. So I try to teach them how to see by giving them the tools to capture those moments."
During the weeklong art show, students from Wally's classes spent time working on their paintings, in hopes of inspiring future artists.
Vivien Lechtenberg, 72, of Ogden, was redoing one of her former scenic oil paintings, changing the shape of her mountains by simply painting over them.
She has been one of Wally's students, off and on, for thepast eight years.
"I have learned that it doesn't matter what you paint, but Joyce knows the rules and she'll explain why certain things work," Lechtenberg said.
One of the more unusual pieces on display was a drum decorated on both sides with oil paintings. The drum hide shows animal muscles, tendons and veins, which often can be made to look like mountains or cliffs.
Wally said artists can paint on anything. She teaches her students to paint from personal inspiration.
"I try to make sure each student develops their own style," she said.
She helps her students learn how to paint correctly -- how to properly hold the brush to get the right strokes, how to use a wet paint eraser to scrape things out and how to use the right products.
The art show continues today with show hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The oil painting classes are taught several times a week. For more information about the art show or the oil painting classes, call Clearfield Community Services at 801-525-2790.