May Bernofsky's paintings at first glance seem childlike. But they also reflect her spirit, what's going on around her and what she's read.
Bernofsky is among the participants Saturday and Sunday in ArtWalk 2000, a self-guided tour of artists' studios and galleries. She will show her works with eco-artist Suzanne Perry at 1321 N.H.
Bernofsky started painting 10 years ago after taking a hobbies class at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. She particularly liked working with bright watercolors.
"It seemed fun, and I painted with my mom when I was a kid," she said.
Her paintings often depict females and animals. Some are inspired by Shakespeare's writings. Others take on religion.
One shows the four seasons out of order with Father Time standing in the background.
Bernofsky has shown her works at Art in Park, past ArtWalks and Bizarre Bazaar. Her works have been displayed at Paradise Cafe, Prima Tazza, Java Dive, the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Community Theatre and Babcock Place. She garners commissions from each show.
In the past two years, she has sold 35 paintings, ranging in price from $15 to $35.
Hours of the ArtWalk are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guide maps are available at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth, and at all participating locations during the event.