"I wanted a place to spread out work, get acquainted with other artists, and trade ideas," she said.
She notes the group is open to all types of artists whether they paint, sketch, do fabric art or make jewelry. Everyone is welcome, from professionals to beginners.
"It's a place to get your creative juices flowing," she said. "Everyone can draw. They just don't know it. There are no expectations. Just bring your creativity and be willing to share techniques."
Allie King, a member of the Kanawha Valley Decorative Artists who enjoys painting in acrylics, is a newcomer to the group.
"You walk in and you feel you belong," she said. "It would be great if more people would come and bring their art. You get inspired by other people when you walk in here."
Bernice Deakins, a lifelong artist and member of Art Council of Kanawha Valley, enjoys the camaraderie of the group and hopes more people will join.
Brenda Pinnell, an artist who does newspaper and magazine sketches, found it interesting to see her work framed and hanging on a wall where the group now has a display. She said the group is encouraging her to try her hand at painting.
Nibert encourages trying an art form at any age.
"I'm older than dirt and younger than God," she said. "I will be 82 this month. Painting for me is like meditation. I can lose myself for three hours. It's also good exercise for the brain. I think age is a state of mind."
Charleston Art Group now has an exhibit in the John L. Dickinson Homeowner Education and Community Center. The artworks are for sale. The exhibit may be seen 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The art show continues through March 30.
For more information about the group, contact Nibert at annanib...@hotmail.com or 304-382-1178.
For more information about the center or to purchase a piece of artwork, contact Amy McLaughlin at 304-720-0141, ext. 22, or Terry St. Germain at 304-720-8733, ext. 3.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.