Many know Gary Parton as the lilac guru of Alpenglow Gardens on Fern Valley Road. His cultivation of lilac varietals and his meticulous planning and attention to detail in his 1-acre lilac experience are, in themselves, works of art.

Many do not know that Parton taught art in the South Bay city of Torrance for 35 years. He has a master’s in art education from Cal State Long Beach. Those who know him know that he is jovial, patient, knowledgeable, and devoted to whatever project or group he addresses — the ideal teacher.

Ask any question about lilacs and their history, and Parton will happily share his extraordinary compendium of knowledge, with humor and zest.

Parton will bring that same zest, patience and knowledge to a series of three classes in art he will present at the Idyllwild Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays starting Nov. 2. He calls his series “Renewing Your Artistic License.” In the classes, Parton will explain the foundations of seeing and using your imagination to guide and grow your creative side, and to nurture and keep the creative spirit in your work. “Find the joy in deciding what rules to break and what rules to keep,” advises Parton.

The classes address light on Nov. 2, drawing systems on Nov. 9 and composition on Nov. 16. “Classes will cover philosophy, history and creative application, and are open to all who want to expand the way they see and produce their art,” notes Parton. The classes are free but there is a single $15 charge for materials for the three-class series. Pre-registration and fee payment is required at the library in order to hold space at the series. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Idyllwild Library.

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