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Many people have a desire to draw or paint, to be able to translate a mental image on to canvas, to successfully manipulate the pen or brush to achieve something beautiful.

Most people never act on this impulse, but for those who do, for those who have the courage to satisfy this creative urge, the man to see is Bob Travers.

Travers, an accomplished artist in his own right, teaches art to people ages 10 and up on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

His students may be attracted to the pigments in pastel or oil, may have an inclination toward pen and ink or the lush graphite in pencil.

Whatever the medium, Travers is able to teach his students everything from basics to sophisticated techniques.

These techniques will be on display at the artist reception of the annual Emerging Artists show in the Upper Gallery of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The show, featuring Travers’ students’ work, will run through April 8. Free and open to all, the show is also viewable weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The arts center is in the Old City Hall, 225 W. State St. (669-0930).

Travers is a nationally recognized nature and wildlife artist whose career has spanned more than 30 years in the fields of fine art and illustration. For the past nine years, occupying the room that used to be the town’s jail, he has been teaching art to about 30 students who span more than 70 years in age.

“This show is always so special,” he said. “The students learn more and more every year and continue to challenge themselves.”

Diversification could be the theme of this year’s show, since there is a wide range of mediums.

The show features works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, scratchboard, graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil and mixed media.

As usual, Travers has a little something up his sleeve for the show. Two years ago he unveiled a super-realist oil portrait of an elephant; last year he unveiled a work of a wolf titled “Pyrography.”

The work to be unveiled this year will be a five- by six-foot oil that he completed in five weeks.

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