Shirley Nole of Dunmore has been named Artist of the Month for September by the Dunmore Activity Hub.
Shirley, who joined the Dunmore Senior Center last spring, says she starting painting as soon as she heard about the sketching and oil painting classes.
Her featured painting is titled “Robin in a Treetop,” and represents springtime to the artist.
“As soon as I heard about the program and saw the beautiful work done by the men and women in the class, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” explains Shirley.
She gets her inspiration from calendar illustrations and the great outdoors. In addition to working on canvas, she has painted flower boxes, coal pails, water cans, and even garbage cans in order to make them look better on the street and in the yard.
“The artists at the center are unbelievable, with the beautiful work they do!” Shirley enthuses. “They are so helpful to me and will stop working to help me. I have a special friend that will help me when the instructor is busy helping others. She can finish a beautiful painting in one day. I am in awe of her!
“Our instructor, Jill Swersie, helps everyone and I can’t wait for my turn.”
Regarding the Senior Center, Shirley encourages anybody who is home alone to consider joining.
“My son called the center to sign me up, and I am enjoying bingo, yoga, stretching with Gretchen, but most of all sketching and painting,” Shirley says. She also notes that Tai Chi, crochet, knitting and card games are also available for those interested, and that persons who cannot drive can sign up with the transit company for seniors.
“And, the lunch menu is always great!”