SCAN, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, will have Melody Asbury demonstrating an animal portraits painting in oils at its meeting on Wednesday Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. The demo will take place at the Newtown Meeting House (lower level), at the flagpole, 31 Main Street, Newtown, CT. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.

Art has always been an important part of Ms. Asbury’s life. She started painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey while in her teens, specializing in portraiture. She continued her studies at the Wesleyan University and the Dayton Art Institute. Her wide range of subjects includes research and paintings of American Indians, figurative and portrait paintings as well as wild life and farm animals, which was prompted by her involvement at Ellis Clark regional Agri-Science and Technology Center in Woodbury.

Ms. Asbury was awarded a prize for her work at Hospice Regional Show and also the Connecticut Pastel Society Members Show in 2008. In 2011 she won the Best in Show — Farm Award at the Flanders Artist Day show. She has recently been designated a Signature Member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists based in New York City and specializes in animal portraiture. She is a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society.

For more information, please visit the SCAN website: www.scanart.org