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

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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!”

 

Artist of the Month: Dolores Noll

doloresDolores Dominick-Noll of Scott Township has been name Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub.

Her featured painting is titled “Homestead,” and depicts the home where her children grew up. Her daughter and her family now reside in the home.

Dolores began painting about five or six years ago at the Dunmore Activity Center.

“I had never painted before and didn’t think I had any talent in that direction,” Dolores explains. “I’m still very much an amateur, but Jill Swerzie, our instructor, has prodded me along.”

Dolores says the other class member are very supportive and friendly. “It’s a joy to be there,” she

adds. “As well as having a wonderful teacher, I have learned a lot from my fellow students.”

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“Homestead” depicts Artist of the Month Dolores Noll’s childhood home.

As far as inspiration, the artists says her paintings are very personal. “I have painted the houses of several members of my family and friends, as well as landscapes,” she reveals. “But I still have not mastered faces.”

Mrs. Dominick-Noll finds the Hub welcoming and accommodating to everyone’s needs. “In addition to hosting our classes, the space is made available for our parties and exhibits, and there is plenty of parking,” she points out.

Artist of the Month: Joyce Harrington

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Joyce David Harrington is shown with her featured painting, “Chickadee’s Quest.” She was inspired when she was watching chickadees eating sunflower seeds from a bird feeder.

Joyce Davis Harrington of Dunmore is February’s Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub. Joyce began painting several years ago and has participating in the Dunmore painting group for about four years.

“Previously, I was into fabric design by sewing patchwork quilts,” Joyce explains. “I participated in hand quilting for 10 years with ladies at Christ the King Church in Dunmore.”

The retired teacher/counselor’s background includes 14 years of teaching, with 21 years as an elementary school counselor in Scranton School District.

Her featured painting, “Chickadee’s Quest,” was inspired by watching chickadees eating sunflower seeds at a bird feeder. “They are such sweet birds,” Joyce says.

Joyce gets most of her ideas by browsing through painting magazines, and from photography and art books.

“Everyone else is an oil painter except me,” she confides. “My medium is watercolor. I enjoyed several classes I took in watercolor batik at Abington Art Studio.” She also paints with watercolorists at Abington Senior Center.

“My philosophy for painting is learning from mistakes and building your experience,” she points out. “Attitude is everything! Be prepared for many paintings to fall by the wayside. We are all learning along the way, and it’s so much fun!”

She finds painting a great group experience, and credits Dunmore’s instructor Jill Swersie as being “outstanding and inspirational. Her dedication to her students and to her daily oil painting is unparalled.”

Asked about the Dunmore Activity Hub, Joyce said, “Our close-knit, supportive painting group is fortunate to meet in our beautiful facility here in Dunmore.

NOTE: For more information, visit the Dunmore Senior Center online.