Artist of the Month: Jill Swersie


Dunmore Senior Center’s art teacher, Jill Swersie, is featured as Artist of the Years this month.

We are proud to feature the Dunmore Senior Center’s art teacher, Jill Swersie, this month and as our favorite Artist of the Years!  Jill teaches weekly oil painting classes at the Dunmore Senior Citizen Center.

In addition to her talent and artistic credits, Jill is a very special person. She comes to class early and stays late and provides an additional drawing class, at no charge. She is constantly offering the Center exposure to additional media like charcoal, watercolor, sculpture, scratchboard, etc.  

Jill personally connects to all of the students and is well aware of the trials and tribulations in their lives.  She reaches out to her students in need with personal phone calls, handmade cards and greetings signed by class members, and follows up on their progress.  

In class, Jill meets with us individually and offers us artistic advice in order to improve our pieces.  She instinctively knows when a “dab of Alizarin Crimson” or ”highlights of Cadmium Yellow” are needed and passes along those techniques and that knowledge.  Jill is our #1 cheerleader, encouraging us, promoting the arts, and arranging at least two art shows a year for us to exhibit our works.

She and her charming husband, Jack, even host an annual class picnic at her lovely home in the Poconos, and has provided en plein air classes for us in her area.

Professionally, Jill has been oil painting for over 35 years. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries and at shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Her paintings have been seen at almost every local art venue, and her exhibition awards are numerous. Her first mural, “Art of the Dance”, can be seen in downtown Stroudsburg, and her latest mural greets patrons as they enter East Stroudsburg’s Pocono Cinema and Cultural Center.

As one of five artists selected for Adams Outdoor Advertising’s ArtPop Exhibition, a larger-than-life copy of her oil painting “Man’s Best Friend” was seen on billboards throughout the Pocono region in 2016.

More of Jill’s artwork can be seen at here.

Jill has become not only our teacher but also our mentor, our sounding board, and our friend.

Thanks, Jill, and Happy New Year from your devoted students.

Art for Artists Gallery Features Work of DHS Graduate


Loren Sykes of Dunmore, a fine arts major at Keystone College, will exhibit works as part of her capstone project at the AFA Gallery on April 7th. (Photo Credit: Lori Ryan Photography)

The Art for Artists (AFA) Gallery of Scranton will be presenting the work of Dunmore High School graduate Loren Sykes and her fellow peers of Keystone College in their senior exhibit Coalescence. This exhibit will be open on Friday, April 7 from 6-9pm and runs through till April 28. The show is free and open to the public.

Ms. Sykes’s body of work consists of four large formatted oil paintings that play on the relationship of light and color. The idea behind the work is derived from light bulbs that Miss Sykes had painted previously. With the help of modern technology, using an application on her IPad, she then deconstructs the simple object and transforms it into a more abstract entity with the use of light and color.

Ms. Sykes and the other artists will be giving presentations on their work on April 8 at the Art for Artists(AFA) Gallery. This is also free and all are welcome.

For further information and gallery hours, call (570)-969-1040 and/or visit 514 Lackawanna Ave Scranton, PA 18503.


Art class Christmas party at the Senior Activity Hub


art-class-christmas-partyThe Dunmore Senior Activity Hub Oil Painting Class enjoyed their Christmas party and posed with beautifully decorated pinecone, mini-Christmas trees which were handcrafted and gifted by artist Mary Kay Hopkins.

Seated from left: Bill Graziano, Marie Barbuti, Mary Kay Hopkins, Bev Petrini, Dolly Michalczyk, and Maria Estrella Ragnacci.

Second row, same order: Phyllis Reinhardt, Marilyn Hope,  Ella Rayburn, Joyce Harrington, Patricia Orr,  Maria Augelli Grudeski,  Janet Lewis, Pat Reilly,  and Alison Boga, Center Director.

Third row: Mary K. White,  Angela Yankelitis, Mary Anne McCleneghan, Ruth Boyles, Jill Swersie- art instructor, Linda Norton,  Lillian Banick,  Lucille Banick, and  Marie Mohila.

Missing when photo was taken:  Joe Bartos