Bev Gold is revisiting her inner artist

Until mid-April, several of her works are on display at the Pierz Library

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Bev Gold of rural Pierz has always loved to paint. She said it’s in her blood. Several of her paintings are being shown at the Pierz Library until mid-April.

“Even in high school I would hang out in the art classes instead of going to study hall,” she said. “I also took as many art classes as I could when attending Winona State.”

Now retired, she has all the time in the world to really get into it.

A street scene of row houses in an eastern United States city caught Bev Gold’s eye during one of her travels.

A street scene of row houses in an eastern United States city caught Bev Gold’s eye during one of her travels.

While her favorite subject is machinery, she has an eye for any subject she tackles.

“Machinery is not a subject most women like to paint,” she said. “But I find it fascinating.”

Gold has done a canvas of wrenches hanging in a work shed. One of her favorites is her father’s vintage drill press from the 1930s. Another is a portion of a water purification system.

Water, boats and architecture also catch her eye. Gold has traveled to China, Israel, Greece, Vienna and Mexico and taken pictures of what she feels would make great paintings, then paints from the photos.

“I didn’t have the time to give to painting when I took the pictures, but I do now,” she said.

Bev Gold painted a picture of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico from a photograph she had.

Bev Gold painted a picture of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico from a photograph she had.

Gold has the painter’s eye to see the fine detail in her scenes. Her water and sunset pictures place the viewer right on site. Her machinery and architecture paintings show minute details many would not notice.

“I get my inspirations from my surroundings,” she said.

Most days Gold is up at 5 a.m., working on her paintings in her studio. She said it takes two to four weeks to finish one, depending on the detail involved.

“When I started painting again in earnest, I would work 10 hours without stopping until I realized I hadn’t eaten,” she said.

Gold’s medium of choice is acrylics, a change from the oils she began painting with years ago.

“Acrylics dry faster than oil,” she said. “I hate waiting an entire day for my canvas to dry. Sometimes I will take a hair dryer to the paint to hurry it along.”

Gold said artists don’t usually use acrylics for fine detail and she said they don’t blend the same as oil does. She hopes to begin using casein paint, a pigment made from milk which never fades.

“People used casein before acrylics came on the market,” she said. “The old masters used them and that’s why their paintings are still bright and vibrant.”

The Pierz Library is showing her depiction of the Great Wall of China, which she walked a portion of; the island of Lindos in the Mediterranean; her father’s drill press and a shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico and many more.

For information on the library’s hours, call (320) 468-6486.

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