It's a he and she art thing
by Laura Nation-Atchison
She’s been at it nearly her entire life, and he, since his retirement about 20 years ago.

And together, the husband and wife art team of Ken and Elma Schablow produce just about any kind of art you can imagine.

There are about 60 pieces of their work on display this month at Sylacauga’s Comer Museum and Arts Center and it includes an array of mediums and subjects and applications.

And everyone is invited to a reception for the artists Thursday, July 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be food and beverage and live entertainment provided by local musician Jim Hopkins. There is no admission charge to attend, but donations to the museum are welcome.

Mrs. Schablow especially likes working with oils and watercolors along with acrylics and she also paints porcelain plates.

But her list of artsy interests doesn’t end there, she also is into glass etching and dabbles in clay sculpture.

Mrs. Schablow received an art scholarship after high school and is a graduate of the State School of Art in Milwaukee, Wis. She later taught art lessons and continued until recently.

Schablow is a retired chemical engineer from Kimberly Clark, and though he was pretty much immersed in art through his wife’s pursuits through the years, said he never really saw becoming an artist in his future.

It all came totally through his wife, he says.

“She just signed me up for drawing classes at UAB,” he said. “And I went.”

Schablow clearly got hooked, and has been hard at it since.

He prefers working with pastels and oils, but as is his wife, doesn’t limit his options.

He also likes using colored pencils, watercolors and pen and ink and is a stained glass artist as well.

Schablow said his favorite subjects include animals and landscapes, portraits and old buildings, too.

He’s painted the Kymulga Grist Mill, the old Talladega jail and several others in the area.

Mrs. Schablow likes painting animals and people, too, along with still lifes and landscapes.

The Schablows celebrated 50 years of marriage June 20, and there’s probably a special trip on the horizon to note the occasion, but they haven’t decided where yet.

The couple met in high school and were married after they graduated from college. They have five children.

After college, Schablow received his “invitation” from the U.S. Army and spent two years in the service during the Korean War era.

Through the years, the Schablows have had lots of interests, including ice skating and roller skating and Schablow used to go all over the Southeast bicycle racing.

In addition to seeing their work at the Comer exhibit, they participate in Comer Museum’s Art in Public Places program and have pieces in the LMo&Co Gallery on Talladega’s downtown square. From time to time, Schablow said they have their work available in the gift shop at Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega.

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