Artist of the Month: Marie Barbuti

Artist of the Month - Marie BarbutiMarie Barbuti has been named the April Artist of the Month from the Dunmore Activity Hub.

“Since 1992, I have had the privilege of being part of the oil painting class at the Dunmore Senior Center, “ Marie says. “First it was located on Chestnut Street, and then became part of the Dunmore Community Center on Monroe Avenue.”

Marie usually paints a variety of subjects, most of them out of her imagination, and a few from photos of nature. She loves doing portraits of people and animals, and she has given several of those paintings away to friends and family.

“Painting at the center, whatever your choice—oil, watercolor or acrylic, is a delight,” Marie reports. “If you help with a problem area, our instructor, Jill Swersie, is always pleasant and willing to help you. The students are great—very friendly, and everyone is supportive of each other’s works.”

Ms. Swersie resides in the Poconos, and travels to be at the center every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. A free sketching class is offered from noon to 1 p.m.

Class members participate in several shows a year, with food, drink, and sometimes live music, and many of the artists have sold their paintings.

“Painting is a wonderful and inexpensive therapy,” Marie points out. “Please don’t feel you have to be a Michelangelo, DaVinci, or Kinkade to join our class. All you have to do is want to try something new in a relaxed atmosphere, have fun and make some friends.”

Dunmore Activity Hub: Artist of the Month

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Marie Barbuti, May’s Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Hub, is shown with two of her paintings. At left is Two Baby Raccoons, and at right, A Portrait of My Mother.

Marie Barbuti of Scranton has been named May’s Artist of the Month from the painting class at the Dunmore Activity Hub. She was asked to respond to the following questions:

Describe your inspiration for these paintings:  I painted the portrait of my mother to always have her picture in my dining room, as she was a wonderful cook, and the raccoons are because of my love for animals.

When did you start painting?  I was the artist for my high school yearbook and did some oils as a teenager, but didn’t get too serious about it until I joined this class.

How long have you been painting with the group at Dunmore Activity Hub? I joined the class in 1992 and loved meeting great people with the same love of art.  I’ve done many paintings and some I’ve given away.

Where do you get your ideas?  Early on, all my painting ideas came out of my head.  They were usually scenes from Victorian and Colonial periods.  But recently my niche has turned towards portraits of people and animals.

Your comments about the class:   Our teacher, Jill Swerzie, the students, the whole class is great.  I look forward to Mondays between 1 and 3:20 p.m.  Everyone is supportive of each other’s talent, and the painting is wonderful therapy.  

Your positive comments about the Dunmore Activity Hub:  There are so many interesting activities to engage in. People (seniors) need not stay home and be lonely when this great facility is available.  Come out….Have some nice food and make some lovely friends.