Visual Arts

Melinda Laz shows that those who teach art can also create it

You can find art all over town -- not just on gallery walls. In this series, we'll be looking at some of the local artists who serve up their work in coffeehouses and other non-gallery businesses around town.

McMean Elementary School art teacher Melinda Laz is breaking back into the local art scene with an etching press, paper and ink -- oh, and a few watercolors, too. This is Laz's first year teaching, and it's been a big career change; she comes from the nonprofit sector, where she did grant writing, among other things, for arts organizations. With her daughter starting elementary school this year, though, Laz decided teaching was the next logical step. But she hasn't given up on creating her own art. "Art is definitely a hobby right now, but it's one I'm passionate about," she says.

See also: Natalia Musalem finds the right texture with watercolors and charcoal

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Jamie Siebrase is a Denver-based freelance writer, and author of the forthcoming Falcon Guide Hiking Wth Kids, Colorado: 52 Great Hikes for Families.
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