Sychta, 47, is an artist who volunteers at WSS creating and organizing the art projects for that free, drop-in event. She lives in Batavia with her husband Jim Sychta, a vice president for company that produces commercial and industrial lighting. They have twin 15-year-old girls and an 18-year-old daughter who just headed off to college, a transition that Sychta admits was “traumatic” for her as a mom.
I decided I just had to do a Q&A with Sychta after my daughter and I visited an Awesome Art Afternoon this summer. Not only did we have fun with the project (glue, salt and watercolors!) but a friendly chat with Sychta provided me with a multitude of new ways to entertain my preschooler cheaply and creatively. Read on for more ideas from Sychta and learn about why she’s definitely a Go West Mom You Should Know.
Q. Can you describe when and how you were drawn to creating artwork?
A. I have always been an artist. I remember living in the city and playing in the gangways between the city bungalows digging in the mud and loving the texture. I remember hanging out with my grandfather that lived in the top floor of our bungalow.
We used to create all kinds of things with scraps of wood, old screws, washers and anything else he had laying around in the basement and the garage. I truly believe this was a major influence in my love for 3D Sculpture.
My mother was always an influence when it came to art. She is a painter. Her medium is acrylics. I also had some great experience during my grade school and junior high days. I really enjoyed my junior high art teacher, Bill Voss. He pushed me and gave me many opportunities to develop my fondness for sculpture. I started out hand-building with clay trying all kinds of techniques, coil, slab, pinch and moving on to wheel throwing. I continued ceramics in high school and into college. I had my first show at the Naper Settlement in Naperville during my junior high school days.