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: Phyllis Reinhardt

Artist of Month pic

Phyllis Reinhardt is shown with a selection of her paintings, including one of a winter scene featuring cardinals and a landscape.

Phyllis Reinhardt of Scranton is the January 2018 Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub.

She began painting in the winter of 2013, and has taken lessons at the Center ever since.

In that time, she has painted many pictures of family members, another of a bed-and-breakfast in Normandy, France, and other pictures that she just happened to like. One of her favorites is a picture of two cardinals, inspired by her wish to feature cardinals on a Christmas card.

Phyllis says, “Painting is a great hobby, but people in the painting class are the real joy! I’ve attended the classes for over four years, and my ability at the time I enrolled was drawing stick people.”

After instruction from Jill Swersie, Phyllis has moved beyond stick people, and her classmates find her to be quite accomplished.

The artist encourages other to join, noting, “The Center is always accommodating. They have provided a bright room and an atmosphere that is always welcoming.”