Linda Norton of Scott Township is the October Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub. Linda joined the center’s painting class six years ago, after being invited to an art show by her friend’s father, Leo Olivetti.
“I was inspired because the talent and scope of the show was amazing and I wanted to try it,” Linda explains. “I came and learned that you are always welcome, and there’s no pressure. I also attend a knitting class here that is so much fun.”
Her featured painting is entitled “Sheep.” Linda explains how it came about. “I found this adorable picture in a magazine and enlarged it from a 1-1/2 inch square to a 3×3 inch painting. It was the first animal painting I ever did, but not the last!”
Linda finds inspiration in many places — flowers in her garden, pets, scenes on the television, places where she has traveled. “All of this, and more, is my inspiration,” she says. “Once you start, you become more attuned to your surroundings, and appreciate the simple things like an acorn among the leaves or the sun casting shadows off a fence.
The artist gives lots of credit to the class instructor, Jill Swersie, saying, “Jill is talented and patient. She knows when to let you do your own thing, and when you might need a little help. What you get at the end is your idea, your vision — only better!”
Linda can’t say enough about the Dunmore Activity Hub. “This is more than a building that serves a hot meal and teaches a class. It’s a place where acquaintances become friends and friends become family.”