Artist of the Month: Patricia Orr

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Patricia Orr is shown with her featured paintings entitled “Sarah.” She most enjoys painting portraits of her eight granddaughters.

Patricia Orr of Greentown has been named the Artist of the Month for May at the Dunmore Activity Hub. Mrs. Orr, who began painting while she was in high school, joined the painting group in February of 2016.

Her featured painting is entitled “Sarah,” and depicts her now six-year-old granddaughter when she was four years old. In fact, Mrs. Orr finds most of her inspiration for painting from her eight granddaughters.

“The oil painting class at Dunmore Senior Center has a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere,” Mrs. Orr explains. “That warmth encourages creativity.”

She adds that the center itself has much to offer to seniors, “Pretty much something for everyone.”

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Artist of the Month: Marilyn Hope

Artist Marilyn Hope

Marilyn Hope is shown with two of her favorite paintings of a boat and a cat.

Marilyn Hope of Clarks Summit is the March Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub.

Mrs. Hope, who started coming to the art class approximately seven years ago, explains that she was looking for a hobby and saw an article about the class in the newspaper.

“I thought I would try painting, although I had no previous experience,” she recalls.

Mrs. Hope gets her ideas mostly from pictures and searching magazines. Her two featured pieces this month include a cat painting, which reminds her of her cat who passed away a few years ago.

“My cat was huge and this picture resembles him quite a bit,” she says.

Her boat painting was inspired by her favorite place to visit in Portugal.

“That is Nazare, which is a fishing village, and in the summer, a tourist attraction,” she explains. “My late husband and I always visited in the off-season when there were not many people there. I wish I could have captured the view from the mountain above looking down–it was spectacular!”

Marilyn enjoys coming to art class each week. “Our instructor, Jill Swierse, always demonstrates new ideas in these classes, and shows us how to obtain our goals. I’ve also made new friends, which has made the class very enjoyable.

The artist reveals that the center is a nice place to visit every week. “There are many activities that can be explored and the staff is very helpful,” she notes. “And Allison, the director, is one of the center’s assets!”

Artist of the Month: Rosemarie Quinn

Artist of the Month - Rosemarie Quinn

Rosemarie Quinn of Scranton has been named Artist of the Month for February at the Dunmore Activity Hub.

Ms. Quinn began painting six or seven years ago with the class at the Hub. Her featured painting is Princess Angelina–Daughter of Chief Seattle.

She was inspired to paint the picture after reading about Indians in the Southwest.

She has been inspired in general by her mother, who was a wonderful painter. Rosemarie finds ideas for her paintings “everywhere.”

Regarding the painting class, she says, “I love the class. Everyone helps everyone and the atmosphere is wonderful. Jill Swersie is a wonderful teacher. She never criticises, she only helps us.”

As far as the Dunmore center itself, Rosemarie finds it, “Very warm and welcoming. Alison Boga, the director, is so friendly and a very welcome addition.”

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Quinn is shown above, holding a painting of old shoes. At bottom left is her featured painting, Princess Angeline–Daughter of Chief Seattle, inspired by her reading about Indians in the Southwest.

Artist of the Month: Jack Reilly

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John Reilly is shown with his featured painting entitled “Coal Train.”

Jack F. Reilly of Bangor, who is the September Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub, worked on the railroad for 42 years.

“After retiring in 2003, I needed to do something constructive,” Jack explains.  “My wife encouraged me to go to oil painting class with her.  Although I’ve never painted before, it seemed like a good idea that we could do something together. In the six years I have painted pictures of each of my children’s houses along with mine, and a few still lifes.”

Because there are only a few men in the class, Jack says that the ladies, along with their teacher, Jill Swersie, have given him the confidence to continue.

“The Dunmore Activity Hub has offered me the opportunity to make everlasting friendships that I hold dear in my heart,” he relates.

Jack’s very talented wife was featured as the July Dunmorean Artist of the Month, and their equally talented Dunmore relative, Maria Ragnacci was featured in August.  They, along with friends and family, can be seen sampling local restaurants after art class on Monday evenings.

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Upcoming:  Please plan to attend the Dunmore Activity HUB’s Community Arts Show, Oct 6 and 7. Show and activities will take place at 1414 Monroe Ave # B, Scranton, PA 18509.  For further information call: (570) 207-2662.

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