Artist of the Month: Patricia Reilly

Artist of the Month - Pat Reilly

Patricia Reilly shows her featured painting entitled “Best Friends.” It depicts her grandson and his dog at a lake in Northern Michigan.

 

Patricia Reilly of Bangor is the July Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub. Her featured painting is of her grandson, Damian, and his dog, shown vacationing in Northern Michigan. Titled “Best Friends,” is shows them looking out at the lake from their pontoon, enjoying a quiet and peaceful moment.

Patricia started painting over 40 years ago.

“I took time out to raise my family, then six years ago my husband and I, who are now retired, joined the group of artists at the Dunmore Activity Hub,” she says. Her ideas come from things she sees in her family and friends.

“Joining the art class was, for me, the beginning of learning new techniques in oils, placement of the subject, using the proper brushes,” she explains. “We are taught by Jill Swersie.  She has given us guidance and encouragement to become the painters that we are. I have made so many new friends with the same interests as myself.”

“The Hub offers seniors a place to gather, meet new friends, experience new activities and brings for some a new meaning to life. Thank you, Dunmore Activity Hub!”

 

Artist of the Month: Mary Kathryn White

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Mary Kathryn White shows a portrait of her grandmother, Mary Allen Greene, on her wedding day. The artist often draws inspiration from her family.

The June Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Senior Center is Mary Kathryn White of Factoryville.

Mary began painting at the Senior Center in 2010 after another student, Dee Noll, told her about the wonderful class she was taking, as well as the talented artist, Jill Swersie, who was teaching the class.

Prior to that, Mary had only painting in school, where she also had a wonderful teacher, Mr. Hose, who was inspiring.

“It’s hard to say where I draw inspiration, but oftentimes, I am focused on family,” the artist explains. In this month’s featured painting, she turned to a portrait of her grandmother, Mary Allen Greene, on her wedding day.

“The photo I used, which was taken around the turn of the 20th century, was in sepia, so I took liberties with the colors of her outfit.”

Other inspiration comes from Jill’s drawing class, which she offers to any student who wants to join her before the painting class begins. “In this class, she has exposed us to different media, methods, lighting, and styles of drawing and painting,” Mary explains.

“The class at the Senior Center is not just a painting class.  It’s a group of people, with a love of art who have come together and become friends.  The class is relaxing and accepting, which I think helps in creativity.” Mary notes.

“No one is ever put on the spot, although comments from our class have been incorporated in a few of my paintings. If you don’t feel like painting on any certain day, you can just come to the class to gather ideas for future art projects” she says.

“I look back on my paintings and see how I have progressed in the years I have been in the class, and I am pleased with the art and the friends I have made.”

 

 

Artist of the Month: Jean Mountford

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Jean Mountford is shown with her featured painting entitled “Punta Cana.” It is inspired by a photo of macaws she took when she was in the Dominican Republic for her niece’s wedding.

Jean Mountford of Scranton has been selected as Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub.

Jean started painting decades ago in acrylics, garden painting, and then tole painting. She eventually progressed to landscapes. “I’ve been working with oil for just over six years,” she says. “I love the depth and richness you can attain with oil paint.

Jean has been painting with the class at the Dunmore Activity Hub since late 2010 when she started going to the art class with her sister, who is Jan Lauer, April’s Artist of the Month.

She finds her inspiration from photos, plus a huge assortment of pictures in the instructor’s storage library.

“Sometimes I drive by a scene and try to recreate it,” she explains. “Or I see a picture in a calendar or online and get inspired to put my touch on it.”

Her featured painting, entitled “Punta Cana,” was inspired by a photo of macaws Jean took when she was in the Dominican Republican for her niece’s wedding.

“I simplified the background a bit to highlight the macaws, who posed so beautifully on a wooden railing,” she says.

As for the painting class, Jean points out, “We have so much talent in the class. It’s great to get the support and inspiration from the other members. And, of course, Jill Swersie, our instructor, is a true talent and so helpful with her ideas and support.”

Jean also mentions, “The new director is great and very welcoming. There’s a lot of room for us to spread our wings.

“The music during class makes it relaxing, and I truly believe the art class is very therapeutic.”

The center occasionally hosts an art show, allowing artists to display and possibly sell their paintings. Many other programs are available at the center, including ballroom dancing and tai chi, which were presented at the art show held last October.

 

Artist of the Month: Jan Lauer

Artist of Month - Jan Lauer

The Artist of the Month for for April is Jan Lauer, shown with some of her works. The featured painting, titled “Hello Kitty,” was inspired by a cat wandering into a yard. Jan added the tulips to honor her mother-in-law.

Jan Lauer of Scranton, the April Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub, has been painting with the group since September of 2010. Jan notes that she did some watercolor painting in high school, and then had a long dormant period.

Sometime in the 1990s, her sister got Jan interested in painting with acrylics and doing craft shows. Her first work with oil paints began when she joined the painting class at the Dunmore Community Center.

Her featured painting, entitled “Hello Kitty,” is based on a picture that was taken years ago, when Jan’s daughter was excited to see a neighbor’s cat in her grandmother’s yard.

“She loved the cat, and it seemed that the feeling was mutual,” remembers Jan. “I added tulips in the background in memory of my mother-in-law, who always grew tulips.”

Most Jan gets her ideas from photographs she has taken, or from magazines and greeting cards.

“I like to mix it up and try different subjects,” she explains.

“I find it inspirational to see and discuss the work of the talented people in our class,” she continues. “Everyone is encouraging and willing to share. It’s a warm, supportive group, guided by our wonderful instructor, Jill Swersie.”

Mrs. Lauer finds the Dunmore center a comfortable facility, with lots of space to spread out and a lot of windows.

“We play music while we work, which creates a nice atmosphere,” she confides. “The director of welcoming and enthusiastic. She expanded our last art show into a larger event which showcased not just our art work, but the other programs available at the center. It was great!”