By Donna Marie Boland
Hi, my name is Donna Marie Maro Boland. My husband is Sean Damien and I have two beautiful children named Maria Lynn and Sean Robert.
I reside in Clarks Green but my hometown and my heart belongs to Dunmore. This is where I grew up and had some of my most treasured family memories.
I fell in love with art in first grade, when my art teacher, Mrs Briar, decided to have one of my pieces exhibited at the Everhart Museum. I was hooked. Once I retired, I felt something was missing from my life, until I joined this art group.
I’ve had the pleasure to get to know all of these wonderful artists for about a year-and-a-half. And while painting with them, I have come to call a lot of them my dear friends.
The people in this class are not only exquisite artists, but also some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. Between previous photographers, soldiers, political activists, and other government workers, it is very hard to concentrate on just one person’s conversation at a time, while painting. There is a wealth of knowledge among these intellectual people.
And then there is Jill Swierse, our instructor. She carefully goes around to each and every person in the class, giving artistic advice and personal knowledge of the best way to finish each of our works.
My most treasured piece of artwork is the one I call, “Love, Mom.” It’s a portrait I painted of my mom on my wedding day. She was so beautiful. I gave the portrait to my father for Father’s Day. He recently passed away, but he cherished this picture.
I hope to continue with this group for many years into the future and when my sister, Lynette, finally retires, I’d like to welcome her with open arms into this fun group.
If you like drawing or painting, this is the place to be. This Dunmore Activity Hub is a one-of-a-kind place and I’m so glad to be a part of it.