Artist of the Month: Patricia Reilly

Artist of the Month - Pat Reilly

Patricia Reilly shows her featured painting entitled “Best Friends.” It depicts her grandson and his dog at a lake in Northern Michigan.

 

Patricia Reilly of Bangor is the July Artist of the Month at Dunmore Activity Hub. Her featured painting is of her grandson, Damian, and his dog, shown vacationing in Northern Michigan. Titled “Best Friends,” is shows them looking out at the lake from their pontoon, enjoying a quiet and peaceful moment.

Patricia started painting over 40 years ago.

“I took time out to raise my family, then six years ago my husband and I, who are now retired, joined the group of artists at the Dunmore Activity Hub,” she says. Her ideas come from things she sees in her family and friends.

“Joining the art class was, for me, the beginning of learning new techniques in oils, placement of the subject, using the proper brushes,” she explains. “We are taught by Jill Swersie.  She has given us guidance and encouragement to become the painters that we are. I have made so many new friends with the same interests as myself.”

“The Hub offers seniors a place to gather, meet new friends, experience new activities and brings for some a new meaning to life. Thank you, Dunmore Activity Hub!”

 

Senior Activity Center Hosts Sendoff Party

 

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The Senior Activity Hub in Dunmore recently hosted a party for its Hindi members who moved to their new Senior Center at The Melting Pot on Washburn Street in Scranton at the start of the month. The group was presented with a piece of artwork to take to their new Center.

 

Artist of the Month: Mary Kathryn White

Artist of the Month - Mary K

Mary Kathryn White shows a portrait of her grandmother, Mary Allen Greene, on her wedding day. The artist often draws inspiration from her family.

The June Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Senior Center is Mary Kathryn White of Factoryville.

Mary began painting at the Senior Center in 2010 after another student, Dee Noll, told her about the wonderful class she was taking, as well as the talented artist, Jill Swersie, who was teaching the class.

Prior to that, Mary had only painting in school, where she also had a wonderful teacher, Mr. Hose, who was inspiring.

“It’s hard to say where I draw inspiration, but oftentimes, I am focused on family,” the artist explains. In this month’s featured painting, she turned to a portrait of her grandmother, Mary Allen Greene, on her wedding day.

“The photo I used, which was taken around the turn of the 20th century, was in sepia, so I took liberties with the colors of her outfit.”

Other inspiration comes from Jill’s drawing class, which she offers to any student who wants to join her before the painting class begins. “In this class, she has exposed us to different media, methods, lighting, and styles of drawing and painting,” Mary explains.

“The class at the Senior Center is not just a painting class.  It’s a group of people, with a love of art who have come together and become friends.  The class is relaxing and accepting, which I think helps in creativity.” Mary notes.

“No one is ever put on the spot, although comments from our class have been incorporated in a few of my paintings. If you don’t feel like painting on any certain day, you can just come to the class to gather ideas for future art projects” she says.

“I look back on my paintings and see how I have progressed in the years I have been in the class, and I am pleased with the art and the friends I have made.”