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ART EDUCATION - Mindy Bench attended Lane Community College for associates of science in health education.Specific drawing and design skills have been developed through many elective art classes taken at Lane Community College and mechanical drawing in high school. Mindy enjoys the process of discovery whether exploring the rhythm of color in her brightly colored oil and acrylic paintings, or working intuitively with an array of mediums. Mindy is a member of the International Artists Guild and The Cottage Grove Art Guild in Oregon. She attended art seminars and classes, learning from members of the guild as well. She Speaks French and English. She is also a flutist and recorded an album in 2005.
In 1991 Mindy Traveled to Washington D.C. to see the National Museum of Art, She then traveled on to Paris, France, She visited Musee du Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, she was enamored and inspired, ever since, she has been fascinated by the art world, in the beginning she worked with oil and acrylic. She would explore many mediums, and later she dabbled in watercolor. Her oil and acrylic paintings have been featured in local art galleries and art displays. Mindy has assisted the Cottage Grove Art Guild, with the ' art in the privy project' and the Main street mural project. Mindy has also worked with folk art painting projects and restoration, she helped paint the new signs for the WOE Fair in Cottage Grove.
In 2006 Mindy started exploring digital photography after a several years of online classes and discovery, she created a logo and name Mindyjgirl professional Photography in 2010, since then she has hosted numerous photo shoots and photographed weddings, bands, people and events. Mindy’s work reflects her sensitivity with the physical landscape of the west coast and inspiration from her travels around the world. Her photography has been published in local newsletters, guides and Travel Oregon Magazine. Her photos have been seen in the Eugene Register Guard, and many photos featured in the local Cottage Grove Sentinel. In the summer of 2012 Mindy planned and hosted a Glamour Photo Shoot at the Village Green in Cottage Grove, Oregon with three Hollywood type sets for clients to choose from. She now has an assistant Jasmine Bell, she is mentoring.
Mindy has a big heart for her community and the world, she has donated her art for numerous charities including; Local Children's Christmas event with the Elk's Club, Donated free art advertisements for breast cancer awareness and she sent three pieces of art to the 3 Light benefit for Karen Perry. Mindy donated her photography services for wife's of soldiers in Afghanistan and for low income student graduation portraits. She Donates gift certificates every year for the Charlie Stovall Memorial Golf Event, which raises money for college scholarships. Plus many more. Mindy has a facebook site for her photography business https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mindyjgirl-Photography/218151804865802
You can message Mindy if you want anything special, she can customize digital art just for you, different colors to match your rooms, names and or sayings, if you have an art charity your might want to ask her to get involved. Mindy writes for hubpages as well. http://mindyjgirl.hubpages.com/