Artist of the Month: Beverly Petrini

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Beverly Petrini shows three of her still life paintings, as well as two portraits.

By Beverly Petrini

I have been a member of Jill Swerzie’s painting class at the Dunmore Community Center for the past five years. Jill is a skilled artist who brings not only her talents to our group, but positive reinforcement, friendship, and endless patience. 

The paintings I am showcasing here reflect a few pieces of work I’ve completed in the past two years.  I have been attempting to paint subjects that I’ve been drawn to and that stretch my skills. 

Sometimes I’m drawn to a painting for the challenge, the perspective, or simply a color palette that peaks my interest. I am very proud of the three still life paintings showcased today. The two female paintings reflect my love of the arts and spirituality. I’ve also painted works for two of my seven grandchildren, as well as, for my four great grandchildren.

Being a member of this class has been a wonderful experience and I have gained so many new friends along the way. Everyone is working at different levels of experience, with different media such as: oil, acrylic, and watercolor. My fellow artists are quick to offer help if someone asks for assistance or simply needs a missing color of media. Only positive reinforcement exists within our group. Everyone appreciates the fellowship we share on our individual artistic journeys. 

Once again, I have to thank my fellow artist and dear friend Dolly Michalczyk for asking me, “Bev, why don’t you come to art class with me, it will be fun?” I’m so happy I accepted the challenge.   

Artist of the Month: Maria Ragnacci

artist Maria Ragnacci

Maria Ragnacci is shown with two of her paintings, “Turquoise and Velvet,” a fascinating use of color and light, and “The Red Fence,” a painting of her back yard.

Maria Ragnacci has certainly progressed from her first attempt at painting: “My very first experience with painting was a “paint by numbers” kit, a gift from my mother when I was 18,” she says.

I was hooked!  I loved working with paint and canvas, but I decided that I didn’t want to ‘stay in the line.s’  I love the freedom to do my own thing and paint what I see,” Maria explains.

Most of Maria’s paintings are from pictures in magazines, photos that she has taken, and her  own originals.  She recently completed portraits of her five grandchildren.

“Turquoise and Velvet,” pictured here, fascinated her by its use of color and light. “The Red Fence” is a painting of her back yard.

 “With help and guidance from our teacher, Jill Swersie, I feel that I have greatly improved and accomplished more than I could ever have imagined,” Maria explains. “ The class at the Dunmore Activity Hub is more than just a place a place to paint.  The encouragement, camaraderie and friendship of fellow painters makes us likea family.”

 ‘There are many other programs and activities for people to take advantage of that are equally enriching.  The Dunmore Activity Hub, under the direction of Allison Boga, is truly one of Dunmore’s “Gems!” Maria points out.

Note: At press time, The Dunmorean did not have a projected date for the re-opening of the Dunmore Activity Hub.

Artist of the Month: Patricia Reilly

Artist of Month

Patricia Reilly was born and raised in Dunmore. She enjoys creating one-of-a-kind pieces that are displayed on the walls in her own home and given as gifts to friends and family.

Patricia Reilly, who has been named March Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub, was born and raised in Dunmore. She married Jack Reilly, a conductor for New Jersey Transit, and the two relocated to New Jersey where they raised three children, Debra, David and Jacklyn. 

After retiring, 17 years ago, they moved back to Pennsylvania to the small quaint town of Bangor. 

Painting has always been one of Patricia’s hobbies. She enjoys creating one-of-a-kind pieces that are displayed on the walls in her own home and given as gifts to friends and family. 

When the Dunmore Activity Hub offered oil painting classes she did not hesitate to join. She even got her husband to try his hand in oil painting, and it turns out he paints quite well. 

Patricia’s grandchildren, Damian, Ashlynn, Avery and Gabriella have inspired some of her most recent pieces.

The class is taught by the talented Jill Swersie. Patricia says, “She has given us guidance and encouragement to become the painters that we are. When you’re at the Hub, 

you not only make friends, you become a family. How great is that!”