Artist of the Month: Phyllis Reinhardt

Phyllis Reinhardt is shown with her most recent paintings.

By Phyllis Reinhardt

First, I want to tell all my fellow art students, “I really miss not seeing you and watching the progress in painting we make weekly.”  

I started sketching in the beginning of our stay-at-home mode in March. Jill Swersie, our painting instructor at the Dunmore Community Center, would have been be so proud if I had continued, but I did not.

I did work on the painting in front of me on the ground. This painting was to reflect a spring sunrise over the mountain as viewed from my sunroom window. This  photo was taken in March, with no leaves on the trees. Consequently the painting looked more like autumn.  So, this was my only artistic exercise during our “lock-down.”

As you can see from the updated painting, adding leaves and flowers created the “Spring Sunrise Viewed from My Sunroom Window”.  The painting I am holding also illustrates using your home as a subject to paint.  So, I am really looking forward to resuming classes with Jill and all us students.  

Artist of the Month: Bill Graziano

Artist Bill Graziano

Graziano is trying to continue his artwork at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This work in progress is called “The Artist.”

By Bill Graziano

After the Dunmore Senior Center had to close due to the pandemic, I found it necessary to seek other diversions to fill my time. It made me realize how much I missed the comaraderie of my fellow painters in Jill Swersie’s art class.

Having been a member of her class for over three years, its members have become like an extended family to me.

To fill the downtime, I began to work on overdue chores, such as downsizing basement storage. Upon completion of that task, I asked myself, “Now what can I do to fill the empty hours of confinement?” So, I decided to venture on a painting working from home.

I began by sketching my subject with chalk, then called upon my memory to aid me with all of Jill’s previous instructions. I have entitled it “The Artist,” and as you can see, it is still a work in progress.

The temporary closing of the Dunmore Senior Center has reminded me and fellow members how important its services are to the local seniors, and how it fulfills a void in our lives.

Hopefully, it will soon be able to open again!

Artist of the Month: Mary K. White

Artist Mary White

Mary K. White is shown with her painting Fox vs Hawk, which evolved from a simple picture of a fox into something more complex.

By Mary K. White

You never know when something will touch you and inspire you to put it on canvas.  The Fox vs Hawk started out very differently. It was going to be a simple picture of a fox, but I found myself thinking of a family member who was fighting a severe illness and had a ferocious determination to never give up, to get well, and recover completely.  

As I thought more and more about this person, a simple painting of a fox turned into a battle between a fox and a hawk.

I started coming to the Activity Hub about 10 years ago to take an oil painting class.  It was a wonderful class taught by Jill Swersie.   

Jill started everyone with the basics.  She suggested brushes that are best for oils, but inexpensive. She recommended several oil colors I would need for a basic oil pallet and she told me to start with a canvas no smaller than 16 x 20 inches. 

Everyone in her class is working on their own painting, so Jill during a class sits with each student helping them and recommending ways the painting can be improved.

The  Dunmore Activity Hub offers more than art classes.  Alison Boga, the director, has scheduled classes that members have requested and enjoy.  I have taken  knitting classes (taught by Bonnie Strohl), meditation classes, and Tai Chi, among others.  While the center is closed during this pandemic, Alison has scheduled many online classes through Zoom, which I have also participated in. At the Dunmore Hub, there is a little something for everyone.