Online Exhibits

Welcome to Online Exhibits

Through online classes and exhibits, AWE is able to reach out to seniors in a new way. Artist-participants interact with their instructor and classmates through the Zoom meeting platform. Weekly classes include a lesson presentation, classwork review, and work time. Classwork is then selected and shared for display in online exhibitions.

Always Beginning:
Beginning, Invention, and Discovery

May 15 – July 15, 2021
“The artist is always beginning” Ezra Pound

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Meet the Artists
Belmont Village Senior Living Albany with Mei Mei Everson and Virginia Jourdan
Sarah Armstrong
Sarah Armstrong - Backyard Gardener - Belmont Village Albany-1
“Orchid”
Sarah Armstrong is a trailblazer. Born in 1944 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Cornell with a liberal arts degree in government, intending to become a college teacher. Frustrated with the politics of higher education, she changed careers and worked in Human Resources for three different companies over a total of 39 years. She was a pioneer of benchmarking “best practices” at her first company, where she used this technique to develop the HR department. She says that life was challenging in those days for a woman who wanted a career in management.The high point of her career was working at ITT (formerly International Telephone & Telegraph), which was like “being paid for going to graduate school in business.” She was the first woman to become a department head there. She was then hired by Campbell Soup Company where she was in charge of executive and employee pay and benefits. She retired from Campbell in 2006 after 20 years of service.Knowing that she loved Berkeley, she bought her house here several years before she retired. She plays classical piano and has recently taken up the cello. She enjoys spending time with her three children and three grandchildren. Her advice is to “know who you are and stand on your own two feet.”
Margaret Mary Miller
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“Flowers in my Head,” “Anthurium”
Margaret Mary was born in Chicago in 1949, and moved to California in her early teens. At the age of 20, Margaret Mary was accepted at the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography and fell in love with the art. She was 1 of 2 women among 250 men. She met her husband at Brooks and they moved to Redding CA, where her daughter Kate was born. She opened a photo studio, and over time found her next passion: flower design. She became the owner of a flower shop where she learned to love floral art. In 1985 she made some life changes, and after a divorce she moved to Sacramento. Struggling with personal losses she needed to find her essence. She volunteered at Loaves and Fishes, working on the front line with homeless people in need of mental health services, and became a full time employee. She later became director of the Service Center, handing out up to 1,000 lunch tickets. She then founded “Sister Nora’s Place,” a shelter for homeless schizophrenic women. Margaret-Mary spent years developing leadership programs and supporting individuals in her community. She has often been celebrated for her compassion and authenticity. Now at Belmont Village, she enjoys creating floral designs, exploring painting and reading to her grandkids. The biggest lesson she discovered and embraced: “We are all the same.”
Curry Senior Center with Min Lee
Natividad Galinato
“Tree”
I am Natividad T. Galinato, Natee in short. I had been in the USA 6 years ago as petitioned by my daughter. I am an active member of Curry Senior Center-Samahang Pinoy, Pilipino Seniors Resource Center, Canon Kip Senior Center, Bayanihan Choir, Co-chairman, Lead Team SF Power in San Francisco. Arts is an ingredient added into my life. Why? This made me grow & transform for a better person. Since covid 19 pandemic, I indulge myself through painting. Painting is an art. I  love it & one way of expressing my thoughts, feelings & observations. It is a stress reliever for me as senior  & free from boredom. In gratitude, I would say  “Thank You, to our dear teacher Mr. Min Lee who is very talented sharing his ideas to us.
Patricia Hayashi

“Tiny Dancer”

Arlene Miller

“Toucan”

Virginia Navarro
“Noah’s Ark”
I graduated at Saint Louis University (Baguio City) with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.I took my Masteral Degree at Philippine Christian University (Manila). I am a retired teacher in the Philippines and I worked as a Daycare Teacher again here in USA for six years. I am also actively collaborating with different organizations like: Curry Senior Center(Samahang Pinoy), Bayanihan Community Choir,Canon Kip Senior Center,Beginners Ukelele Class,Pilipino Senior Resource Center, RETAS Bindlestiff Studio, Arts With Elderly, Charismatic Group and Migrante USA.
Cypress Golden Gate with Virginia Jourdan and Mei Mei Everson
Barbara

“Color Pattern,” “Easter Eggs”

Beresford

“Butterfly,” “Landscape”

Rosemary

“Out for a Stroll,” “The Path”

El Bethel with Mei Mei Everson
Masha Beylin
“Tiger Lily”
My name is Masha. I was born in Leningrad city, now St. Petersburg, in Russia. St. Petersburg is very beautiful city with great palaces, bridges, and art museums. I loved visiting the Hermitage, the world famous art museum. I spent hours enjoining pictures of Italian renaissance and French impressionism.All my life I dreamed to learn how to paint. Luckily I became a student of Mey Mey, a very talented art teacher and great person. She make my dream to paint a reality.
Lytton Gardens with Sarah Dwyer
Danielle Dossier
“Danielle’s House by the River”
Danielle was born in Paris in 1941 and immigrated to the United States in her late twenties. “The beat of my heart,” she says, brought her to San Francisco, where her loved one lived. She worked as a hairdresser and skin care specialist. She has always liked art of all sorts and feels gifted to be able to look at things in an artistic light. After she retired, she started taking art classes at the Palo Alto Senior Center. Danielle’s preferred medium is watercolor. Meticulous and thoughtful in her art, she keeps notes and carefully plans her composition and palette. “Her work is refined,” says her AWE teacher Sarah, “which is a reflection of who she is as a painter.” Danielle says that thanks to her wonderful teachers, she finds her inspiration in the beauty that surrounds her in all areas of life. Her advice: “Persevere and don’t let your fear stop you.”
Louise Gibler
“Joy,” “Lady in Waiting,” “Self Portrait,” “Tall Vase”
Louise has lived a life “centered in art.” Born in New Jersey in 1937, she and her two sisters and a brother had a happy childhood. She attended Catherine Gibbs School, a secretarial college and finishing school, and became a legal secretary. She and her husband Dick met when they were both working for a Superior Court judge. Dick was a landscape painter and she began painting with him, often taking their easels and oils outside to paint together. While living in Morristown, New Jersey, they began attending classes at the well known Arts Students League in New York at the time when Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe were there. The couple worked and painted together until Dick’s death at the age of 75. She moved to Canada near Toronto where her son was living and joined an art community. “Art,” she says, “saved my life.”
Mission Plaza with Min Lee
Pearl Pooner
“Cat Games,” “Katchum Nelley,” “Still Life,” “Vases,” “Watermelon”
Pearl is a survivor. She is finally home again after five surgeries, five months in the hospital and one month in a coma. During her recovery, with two sheets of white paper and a pen, Pearl slowly tried to gain control of her fingers by drawing shapes. Circles at first, then triangles and finally her toy dog. The work she is creating now is inspired by the dreams she had while in the hospital. Growing up in San Francisco as a mixedrace child, she suffered discrimination and “ugliness.” Doing art was a way to bring something beautiful into her home. Her mother, who was raised with art in Mexico and an uncle who told her, “You have a creative mind,” inspired Pearl to draw. Her father gave her a Playboy Magazine so she could study figure drawing. She kept the magazine under her bed so her brothers wouldn’t find it.Pearl took art classes at City College, but had to give up studying for many years while she worked and raised a family. She began painting again just a few years ago. Now, she carries with her the two white sheets of paper from her hospital days. Although she is in pain much of the time, the crude drawings remind her that she is a survivor and an artist.
On Lok Lifeways with Dmitry Grudsky
Zhenyu Gong

“Landscapes”

Indira Pai
“Landscapes,” “Changing Sky”
I am originally from India, a retired housewife.  Always have been fascinated by art and literature. I have a Masters in English Literature, but a teacher once told me that I am not capable to do good drawing.  So, when I started the online class with Dmitri, I had never held a brush in my hand up until then. I enjoy our art class! The two hours on Monday afternoon, I am looking forward to and spending happily.  Art is a spice of life and Dmitri’s class proves it. The pandemic and lockdown has taught me a new way of appreciating life.
Ashwin Sheth
“Beautiful Music”
Open Studios with Darcie O’Brien
John Collister
“The River’s Edge”
Covid-19 has no side effects or symptoms that are desirable, sought after, or pleasant. To my delight because of the stay at home mentality I decided to participate in the AWE on-line class. Surprisingly, I am enjoying the experience. Previously some years ago, I had taken a day long watercolor class wherein I had failed drawing distance stick figure people. I give to Darcie for her guidance a thankful virtual hug.
Patricia Garrett
“After Remedio Varo”
Shirley Keller
“Hope”
Spirit Hill Meditation Garden and Art Studio, in Three Rivers, is Keller’s favorite place to be, letting the creative energies have the day. Keller plays with clay, focusing on ceramic masks. Repurposed items like hubcaps, skill saws, horseshoes, and more, are made into art pieces with dots of acrylic. Mixing words and art is her latest exploration on canvas and hubcaps. Gift Cards Keller designs from her photography. Keller’s art work grew out of her love of writing, which she does every morning. Coordinator for 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, a monthly art event.
Fran Marcus
“After Kandinsky”
I have enjoyed dabbling in art since I was in elementary school. As an adult, I have taken classes in painting, stained glass, jewelry and mixed media.I taught elementary school for many years and always loved doing art projects with my students. Often, long after they went home I would find myself drawn back to the art table to experiment with new approaches to the lesson. I enjoy art history and always make it a point to visit art museums when I travel. Since joining AWE in April I have been experimenting with various mediums (watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, markers, charcoal) and learning techniques for doing landscapes, portraits and abstract art. I find the classes educational, challenging, relaxing and rewarding. In addition, I find that I really enjoy making art in community with others.
Carol Martin
“My Granddaughter the Surfer”
After so many years of lifetus interruptus, I began painting again now that I am retired and have mucho Covid-19 time on my hands. High school and college were my painting days of still life and abstracts with a prize and honorable mentions here and there while living in Colorado. My inspiration to paint again was late 2019, floral and fauna, but also, began a Fire Art painting in honor and awareness for our firefighters. Though I am not a professional (yet) and have no special certificates or degrees, I absolutely love working with oils and acrylics painting any subject. Attempting watercolors and colored pencil, still a challenge. Please check out my website carolsoriginals.com and note my granddaughter’s gallery. May my legacy be of encouraging my granddaughter to push forward with her talent.
Pamela Osborne
“Black Lives Matter”
I love to sit and sketch, not looking at my paper to make sure it “looks” right as a meditative process. When I can bypass all the negative talk in my head, the final art piece always humbles and amazes me. Then I experience what is possible.
Kay Talbot
“Christmas Cactus”
I am indebted to Art With Elders for providing a new experience with art. To me art is a different way of seeing our world. When I was in practice as a life transitions counselor, I used drawing and collage with some of my clients. This was especially effective with adults and children who were grieving a loss. I am the author of a workbook titled “What Happens Next: Messages from Heaven.” It provides space to answer contemplative questions with writing, drawing, and/or painting. I am a resident of Vallejo Hills retirement community in Vallejo where I first learned about AWE. Thank you for your wonderful art courses.
Mary Ann Taylor
“Firefall”
I am a retired elementary teacher. I taught all grades during my career and my favorite grade was fifth, because of the students’ interest and the curriculum. I also taught in Finland and Taiwan. I loved the cultural experience and making lasting friends. I enjoy the Art With Elders’ classes, since I did not have time to study art until I retired.
Paula Thompson

 

“Anxious Mixed Tabby”
Paula Tschida
“St. Francis Preaching to the Birds (after Giotto)”
Paula Tschida is a retired educator who joined our class in 2020. Paula is enjoying the opportunity to learn new skills in painting and drawing and to develop her creativity through art.  Meeting and learning from Darcie and all the students in the art class have been gratifying experiences for Paula.  She appreciates the positive and encouraging spirit in the class.  Paula enjoys visiting museums and other sites so that she can see the originals of her favorite works of art.
Gayle Wanamaker
“Self Portrait”
Gayle, born in Columbus, Ohio, is an avid quilter whose passion for using embellishments, fiber, and multi-dimensional approach leads to layered crazy quilts, collages, and paintings that capture her love for spiders, dressforms and nature. Her biggest fear is not being able to tell her story the way she wants through her art. But as Henry Matisse said, “creativity takes courage”. So, with that said, she strives for joy and the story generally follows. Thank you AWE for being a source of inspiration that enables me to find creative and mindful possibilities.
Openhouse with Hugh Leeman
Keith Bailie
“Galaxy Series”
Keith Baillie is a Brit who worked in Silicon Valley and is now retired in San Francisco. His passion is traveling but the covid shutdown has afforded more time to paint scenes from photos of the city and his travels. He is an untrained, naïve artist primarily using gouache. He is currently a student of Hugh Leeman’s Art for Elders course (through Openhouse).
Luis de la Garza
“Navidad Mexican American Antepasada,” The Ghost in the Machine,” “The Monolith Encounters the City”
Luis de la Garza has possessed a life-long interest in art among all its facets. This interest found him working many years in museums managing their collections. Collages and graphic design have been his major artistic output. Currently he participates with other Openhouse community members in art classes taught by AWE instructor Hugh Leeman. 
Robert Leone

Abstract Imaginings,” “An Interesting Character,” “City Flowers”

Kathy Phillips

“Beautiful Water View,” “Figure Studies,” “Moonlight Night,” “Shore Bird Reflection”

Kim Ringle

“Abstract on Black,” “Bamboo,” “Dream Landscape” “Patterns”

Fran Schiff

“Portraits”

Derek Whitcraft

“Painted Doors”

The Reutlinger Community with Betty Rothaus
Sid Glickfeld
“Life’s Not Bad”
The New Zealand my wife and I visited was filled with herds of sheep. The sheep in my painting, “Life’s Not Bad”, are on their way home to their farm. They are contented to be within their family and are looking forward to their approaching shearing!
Rita R. Goldman
“Long Ago and Far Away: A Dreamscape”
Based on Tales my mother told me of her early life in Sarny, Poland, I have depicted in this painting, my vision of her village. Here, people lived a modest, happy life through secure adherence to traditional orthodox laws, under the guidance of their wise and beloved Hasidic Rabbi. The scourge of Naziism destroyed this life throughout Eastern Europe. I dedicate this painting to our families of long ago and far away. May their memory be a blessing.
Varda Goldman
“Flowing Dance Movement”
I am a dancer, dance teacher and dance therapist. I was born in Vienna and knew about Schubert, Schuman and Beethoven at an early age because of their sculptures in the parks. I also like to work with colors; they mean a lot to me. “Flowing Dance Movement “ embodies the movement of curves and round swinging movements. I can hear the music in my head! In my life I accepted many jobs using my art to help people. I worked with emotionally disturbed boys in a private institution; they liked percussion and movement so we created dances together. At seven years of age, I performed in Tel Aviv portraying the movements of a dog with my best friend who was my human. Later my husband and I performed for Give Kids the World foundation for children with life threatening diseases. We also entertained in preschools, hospitals, birthday parties and wherever a smile was needed!
Misia Knudler
“Bringing in the Sunshine”
I come from a small town in Poland. We had a house and garden – one side was vegetables, the other was flowers-with sunflowers that were so beautiful. (The dog was kept on a leash so he wouldn’t get into any of it!) I chose to work with flowers because it reminds me of this beloved home. Creating “Bringing in the Sunshine” gave me more memories of home, my wonderful parents and the family. Now that I am free, I am happy to express myself. This is the beginning as I work with the rubbings and I hope next time I will continue to grow with this! I express myself with thanks to my teacher because I never did this before… and thanks to myself for being open to creating something brand new!!
Evelyne Ostreicher
“Winter Snow Creation”
In “Winter Snow Creation,” I am so interested in how the snow on the mountain is creating water. Everything is interconnected and works together. Nature has a way of creating mountains and as their snow melts into water and waterfalls, these feed the beautiful greens and forests. I would never have believed I would have created a painting as beautiful as this.
Gaylee Rubin
“First Day of School”
“First Day of School” is a narrative painting whose story unfolded during the creation process. For me, meaning and narrative may be arrived at through color and the position of shapes on a page. This narrative didn’t precede making the piece; I started working with the color and the story revealed itself to me as I worked. I started with the rubbings of the large leaf and the small leaf of the same color. The connection between them became apparent to me because of the color. Then, I added the small green leaves as elements to come between the large and small leaf. The small leaves all look connected because of their shape and movement but one is separated by color and has a purposeful, lone direction.
Gloria Ruth
“Under the Sea”
I love the water! Being submerged is an out of this world experience! You can move anywhere-differently. It feels soothing and relaxing to my body…and its good to cool off if its hot outside. I enjoy observing the activities of all the glorious living creatures underwater in the Aquarium at the SF Academy of Science. Here, one is literally surrounded with water and animals. The variety of color is enchanting and I painted the graceful movement I felt.
Christine Wasserbauer
“Highway 101”
I’ve been painting and talking since I was three! As the first grand-daughter and a 2nd generation American, I grew up in a large and creative Polish family who encouraged me as they restored a 100 year old house themselves. I watched my Mom paint, sew, sculpt, crochet and bake; my father studied journalism/writing (suddenly interrupted), transmitted messages for Western Union, became a tool and die maker and used his hands for creative projects at home.” Highway 101” began as an inspiration from the work of another artist. It was a challenge because I have never painted a seascape! Looking at photographs gave me more information and introduced me to the idea of adding color into the cliffs. I began noticing the variety of warm and cool colors in the earth tones. I am also experimenting with atmospheric perspective. I was drawn to this scene by a memory of stopping with my parents on the Highway near the Hearst Castle.
Viamonte Walnut Creek with Mei Mei Everson
Holly Ito

“Bird Drawing”

Mary Kay

“Bird Drawing”

Maya

“Maya’s Bird”

Visitacion Valley Family Center with Min Lee
Eva Chan

“Fishing with Dream Bird”

Li Zhen (Jenny) Huang

“Birds and Cabin in the Country,” “Rose and Moth”

Fanny Lui

“The Conversation-Birds on Holly Branch”

Jun Ming Wong
“Landscape with Koi”
I was born in China, Taishan and grew up in Guanzhou. Because my daughter’s family is in California, I immigrated here in order to reunite with my daughter. I love the United States.I have never been exposed to art at home. I love art when I grow up but there is no condition for learning. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to attend the art class. The teacher’s sincere guidance has increased my confidence and interest in learning. I will continue to study art, thank you.I am just beginning to learn now, and I hope to study hard. In the future, when others see my works, they will feel that art is beautiful. World peace is happiness.
Yue Situ
“Lakeside”
My name is Yue Situ. I was born in 1931, grew up in a warm family. I studied in a boarding school for 12 years. Japan invaded China in 1937. Being refugees for 8 years, I learned how to swim which improved my juvenile physical. During the high school, I won five track and field championships twice. My school was spectacular and had plenty of good teachers. I had the honor to be taught by a famous painter. Under the teacher’s patient guidance, I fell in love with Chinese painting. My work was selected in the school exhibition, which gave me great encouragement. I graduated from Zhongshan Medical University in 1955, When I was busy with my homework, I would draw some pictures in my notebook. I like to take pictures of the beautiful scenery, flowers and trees in the park as my materials. After retiring, I immigrated to the United State for more than 30 years, I continue loving Chinese painting. I have participated in two painting classes and two exhibitions for the elderly. Unfortunately, the painting class has been cancelled for several years. I am lucky enough to participate in a perfect painting class in the SF Senior Center and have the patient teachers to teach. I hope to study hard together with other classmates. I have participated in the SF Senior Center for more than 15 years. My spouse was my classmate in the medical school before. He was a professor of surgery and graduate tutor. The family will continue into the fifth generation of medical families, which are painters and calligraphers too.

AWESTRUC Art Share
with the AWE Open Studios
and Dr. George W. Davis
Senior Center
April 15 – June 15, 2021

“Radiant Hues” by Larry McCown and “Hillside Deer” by Shirley Keller

The Open Studios are part of our AWESTRUC (Art With Elders Shared Through resourcefully Using Computers) program. The AWESTRUC program, developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, consists of online interactive classes held using the Zoom platform. While many of the online classes serve specific senior living communities or day programs, we also offer Open Studio classes for individuals.

Open to all ages and abilities, the Open Studios provide an opportunity for friends and families to join together in art-making, and engage artists living independently from across the U.S. To learn more or sign up, please visit our Online Classes page. This exhibit is accompanied by a video of our Art Share event in which the featured artists talk about their work.

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Event Video

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Meet the Artists

Melinda Allen
AWE Open Studios

Sat.Open Studio- Melinda Allen- Greyscale Rose-1

 

Insio Che
AWE Open Studios

08 Insio Che - Vallejo Hills and Friends-1

Insio Che has a BFA degree in Illustration and MM degree in piano Pedagogy. She has been teaching Art and Piano in SF/Bay area over 20 years. www.insioart.comInsio has been teaching with AWE since 2005, this is her first time taking Darcie’s online class with her daughter, Chelsea Lee. They enjoy and appreciate Darcie’s class weekly. Insio completed the “Cherry Blossom” watercolor painting in May (cherry picking season) for the class theme: Nature. Waterlilies is a mural done for the San Francisco restaurant, “Dumpling Home”

John Collister
AWE Open Studios

JOHN COLLISTER- It's All in the Eyes- Open Studios-1

Covid-19 has no side effects or symptoms that are desirable, sought after, or pleasant. To my delight because of the stay at home mentality I decided to participate in the AWE on-line class. Surprisingly, I am enjoying the experience. Previously some years ago, I had taken a day long watercolor class wherein I had failed drawing distance stick figure people. I give to Darcie for her guidance a thankful virtual hug.

Pat Garrett
AWE Open Studios

Sat. Open Studio- Pat Garrett- River Landscape-1

 

Shirley Keller
AWE Open Studios

Spirit Hill Meditation Garden and Art Studio, in Three Rivers, is Keller’s favorite place to be, letting the creative energies have the day. Keller plays with clay, focusing on ceramic masks. Repurposed items like hubcaps, skill saws, horseshoes, and more, are made into art pieces with dots of acrylic. Mixing words and art is her latest exploration on canvas and hubcaps. Gift Cards Keller designs from her photography. Keller’s art work grew out of her love of writing, which she does every morning. Coordinator for 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, a monthly art event.

Classie Kendrick
Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center

I have been taking the AWE class since they started the virtual lessons in September 2020.

Some things I enjoy about the class is that it is relaxing. I am also learning something I never knew I could do. In this class, I have learned how to draw, paint with watercolors and mix different colors. I discovered that if I don’t have the color, I can make my own color by mixing colors together. My favorite medium is pencils and water colors. My favorite project was the rose I drew. I would like people to know that I am proud that I have the energy and health to keep doing what I’m doing. At my age I’m on my feet doing something all the time, I am steady moving.

Chelsea Lee
AWE Open Studios

09 Chelsea Lee - Vallejo Hills and Friends-1

Chelsea Lee is 8 years old. This is her first time taking online class with her mother and she enjoyed it very much. Chelsea completed the artworks in this exhibit using colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic paint. She said: “I like art because I can be creative and make beautiful artworks. I like to use color-pencils because it won’t leak through like markers and it is easier than other mediums; it is more focus on drawing which I like it better.”

Fran Marcus
AWE Open Studios

FRAN MARCUS- Abstract- Open Studios-1

I have enjoyed dabbling in art since I was in elementary school. As an adult, I have taken classes in painting, stained glass, jewelry and mixed media.I taught elementary school for many years and always loved doing art projects with my students. Often, long after they went home I would find myself drawn back to the art table to experiment with new approaches to the lesson. I enjoy art history and always make it a point to visit art museums when I travel. Since joining AWE in April I have been experimenting with various mediums (watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, markers, charcoal) and learning techniques for doing landscapes, portraits and abstract art. I find the classes educational, challenging, relaxing and rewarding. In addition, I find that I really enjoy making art in community with others.

Carol Martin
AWE Open Studios

CAROL MARTIN- Foxes after Franz Marc- Open Studios-1

After so many years of lifetus interruptus, I began painting again now that I am retired and have mucho Covid-19 time on my hands. High school and college were my painting days of still life and abstracts with a prize and honorable mentions here and there while living in Colorado. My inspiration to paint again was late 2019, floral and fauna, but also, began a Fire Art painting in honor and awareness for our firefighters. Though I am not a professional (yet) and have no special certificates or degrees, I absolutely love working with oils and acrylics painting any subject. Attempting watercolors and colored pencil, still a challenge. Please check out my website carolsoriginals.com and note my granddaughter’s gallery. May my legacy be of encouraging my granddaughter to push forward with her talent.

Susan McCown
AWE Open Studios

SUSAN MCCOWN- Landscape- Open Studios-1

Susan, from California, retired to Hawaii where she enjoyed the beauty of nature. As a member of the group, Wise Old Women (WOW), she painted, created pottery, arranged flowers, and learned the art of “Healing Touch.” She returned to Vallejo to be near her family. A resident of Vallejo Hills, she enjoys the sense of community there. She has become a dedicated member of the AWE class. Fellow classmate and husband Larry says of his partner, “She’s an artful soul!”

Larry McCown
AWE Open Studios

LARRY MCCOWN- Energy of Light - Open Studios-1

Larry, from California, worked on Mare Island in the ship-building and nuclear submarine industries. Larry retired to Vallejo Hills where he met his wife, fellow AWE student, Susan. Susan encouraged Larry to join her in art class. He enjoys coloring geometric designs with glitter gels pens, and also works on the computer using graphics software. In class with Susan and friends, he jokes, “It’s all her fault, and I love it…I really do enjoy this, what I am doing!”

Pamela Osborne
AWE Open Studios

I love to sit and sketch, not looking at my paper to make sure it “looks” right as a meditative process. When I can bypass all the negative talk in my head, the final art piece always humbles and amazes me. Then I experience what is possible.

Kay Talbot
AWE Open Studios

KAY TALBOT- Abstract - Open Studios-1

I am indebted to Art With Elders for providing a new experience with art. To me art is a different way of seeing our world. When I was in practice as a life transitions counselor, I used drawing and collage with some of my clients. This was especially effective with adults and children who were grieving a loss. I am the author of a workbook titled “What Happens Next: Messages from Heaven.” It provides space to answer contemplative questions with writing, drawing, and/or painting. I am a resident of Vallejo Hills retirement community in Vallejo where I first learned about AWE. Thank you for your wonderful art courses.

Mary Ann Taylor
AWE Open Studios

MARY ANN TAYLOR- Newgrange, Ireland, Celtic symbols- Open Studios-1

I am a retired elementary teacher. I taught all grades during my career and my favorite grade was fifth, because of the students’ interest and the curriculum. I also taught in Finland and Taiwan. I loved the cultural experience and making lasting friends. I enjoy the Art With Elders’ classes, since I did not have time to study art until I retired.

Paula Tschida
AWE Open Studios

Paula Tschida is a retired educator who joined our class in 2020.  Paula is enjoying the opportunity to learn new skills in painting and drawing and to develop her creativity through art.  Meeting and learning from Darcie and all the students in the art class have been gratifying experiences for Paula.  She appreciates the positive and encouraging spirit in the class.  Paula enjoys visiting museums and other sites so that she can see the originals of her favorite works of art.

Gayle Wanamaker
AWE Open Studios

Gayle, born in Columbus, Ohio, is an avid quilter whose passion for using embellishments, fiber, and multi-dimensional approach leads to layered crazy quilts, collages, and paintings that capture her love for spiders, dressforms and nature. Her biggest fear is not being able to tell her story the way she wants through her art. But as Henry Matisse said, “creativity takes courage”. So, with that said, she strives for joy and the story generally follows. Thank you AWE for being a source of inspiration that enables me to find creative and mindful possibilities.

 

Heartworks: From AWE with Love
AWE Artists celebrate love for Valentine’s Day
February 14 – April 14, 2021
“Heart 1” Danielle Dossier Lytton Gardens and“Hearts” Shirley Swift The Davis Center

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Meet the Artists

Belmont Village Albany with Mei Mei Everson
Margaret Mary Miller
Love Rises, Valentine

 

Margaret Mary was born in Chicago and moved to California in her teens. After attending Brooks Institute of Photography, she opened a photo studio, owned a flower shop, and later became director of Loaves and Fishes’ Service Center. Eventually she founded “Sister Nora’s Place,” a shelter for homeless schizophrenic women. Now at Belmont Village, she enjoys creating floral designs, exploring painting and reading to her grandkids. The biggest lesson she discovered and embraced: “We are all the same.”

18 Margaret Miller - Belmont Village Albany-1
The Carlisle with Yvette Brown
Jayne Ross Matsuda
Love

 

Sure that she was destined for a morethanaverage life, Jayne Ross fled her childhood base in New Jersey for New York City as soon as she could. Her father was willing to pay only for posthigh school courses that would provide “practical skills”. No college for her. The first class she took? HOW TO BECOME A PBX OPERATOR! But working the switchboard for several Manhattanbased companies infused her with a lifelong fascination with business and launched several careers that eventually landed her in upper management positions at CBS. It was also in New York that she married George Matsuda. Daily immersion in the broadcast business led Jayne to take acting lessons which she then used to land roles in TV commercials. From there she went into actual television programming where she especially enjoyed being part of the cast of “Law and Order.” After forty years in New York, she and her husband moved to Seattle and from there, eight years ago, to San Francisco.By her own admission, Jayne has had a longtime but erratic interest in the visual arts. It has only been at The Carlisle, in the Art With Elders class, that she has found teachers who can instill the discipline required to learn the skills that result in a deeply satisfying art practice.

Ann Swinehart
Sending Love, To My Valentine

 

 
The Curry Center with Min Lee

Patricia Hayashi
Jesus Christ Super

 

 

Arlene Miller
Penguin Love

 

 
Virginia Navarro
Valentine Tulips

 

I graduated at Saint Louis University (Baguio City) with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I took my Masteral Degree at Philippine Christian University (Manila). I am a retired teacher in the Philippines and I worked as a Daycare Teacher again here in USA for six years. I am also actively collaborating with different organizations like: Curry Senior Center(Samahang Pinoy), Bayanihan Community Choir, Canon Kip Senior Center, Beginners Ukelele Class, Pilipino Senior Resource Center, RETAS Bindlestiff Studio, Arts With Elderly, Charismatic Group and Migrante USA.

The Davis Center with Virginia Jourdan
Mary Fleming
Hearts

 

I have been taking the AWE class since 2019 with Virginia Jourdan. We would meet on Mondays at the Davis Senior Center, but now I’m taking virtual classes since Covid19 began.

I look forward to taking the class. I enjoy learning about mixing colors, drawing animals, 1 and 2 perspective. Perspective drawing is my favorite even though it’s complicated. My favorite medium is watercolors. My favorite class project was painting the waves in the ocean.

A couple of things I would say about me is that I believe in the trinity and will continue loving others.

Katie Hamilton
Hearts

 

 
Classie Kendrick
Valentines

 

I have been taking the AWE class since they started the virtual lessons in September 2020.

Some things I enjoy about the class is that it is relaxing. I am also learning something I never knew I could do. In this class, I have learned how to draw, paint with watercolors and mix different colors. I discovered that if I don’t have the color, I can make my own color by mixing colors together. My favorite medium is pencils and water colors. My favorite project was the rose I drew. I would like people to know that I am proud that I have the energy and health to keep doing what I’m doing. At my age I’m on my feet doing something all the time, I am steady moving.

Shirley Swift
Hearts

 

I have been taking the AWE class for since 2019 with Virginia Jourdan. I moved to Illinois to be closer to my family, so I participate in the virtual classes and enjoy seeing old friends and painting. In this class, I have learned about a lot of things, can’t remember all, but I’m drawing some different things then I usually draw. I learned to draw a cat, buildings and still life objects.

My favorite medium is watercolor. It is so much fun. Some other things I enjoy are music, theater, musicals and love drawing people.

Lytton Gardens with Sarah Dwyer
Danielle Dossier
Hearts

 

Danielle was born in Paris in 1941 and immigrated to the United States in her late twenties. “The beat of my heart,” she says, brought her to San Francisco, where her loved one lived. She worked as a hairdresser and skin care specialist.

She has always liked art of all sorts and feels gifted to be able to look at things in an artistic light. After she retired, she started taking art classes at the Palo Alto Senior Center.

Danielle’s preferred medium is watercolor. Meticulous and thoughtful in her art, she keeps notes and carefully plans her composition and palette. “Her work is refined,” says her AWE teacher Sarah, “which is a reflection of who she is as a painter.”

Danielle says that thanks to her wonderful teachers, she finds her inspiration in the beauty that surrounds her in all areas of life. Her advice: “Persevere and don’t let your fear stop you.”

Open Studios with Darcie O’Brien and Mei Everson
Melinda Allen 05 Melinda Allen - Vallejo Hills and Friends-1
Shirley Keller
Table Love

 

Spirit Hill Meditation Garden and Art Studio, in Three Rivers, is Keller’s favorite place to be, letting the creative energies have the day. Keller plays with clay, focusing on ceramic masks. Repurposed items like hubcaps, skill saws, horseshoes, and more, are made into art pieces with dots of acrylic. Mixing words and art is her latest exploration on canvas and hubcaps. Gift Cards Keller designs from her photography. Keller’s art work grew out of her love of writing, which she does every morning. Coordinator for 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, a monthly art event.

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Carol Martin
Valentine Cards

 

After so many years of lifetus interruptus, I began painting again now that I am retired and have mucho Covid-19 time on my hands.  High school and college were my painting days of still life and abstracts  with a prize and honorable mentions here and there while living in Colorado.  My inspiration to paint again was late 2019, floral and fauna, but also, began a Fire Art painting in honor and awareness for our firefighters.  Though I am not a professional (yet) and have no special certificates or degrees, I absolutely love working with oils and acrylics painting any subject.  Attempting watercolors and colored pencil, still a challenge. Please check out my website carolsoriginals.com and note my granddaughter’s gallery.  May my legacy be of encouraging my granddaughter to push forward with her talent.

Larry McCown
Heart of Many Colors

 

Larry, from California, worked on Mare Island in the ship-building and nuclear submarine industries. Larry retired to Vallejo Hills where he met his wife, fellow AWE student, Susan. Susan encouraged Larry to join her in art class. He enjoys coloring geometric designs with glitter gels pens, and also works on the computer using graphics software. In class with Susan and friends, he jokes, “It’s all her fault, and I love it…I really do enjoy this, what I am doing!”

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Kay Talbot
Heart Target

 

I am indebted to Art With Elders for providing a new experience with art. To me art is a different way of seeing our world. When I was in practice as a life transitions counselor, I used drawing and collage with some of my clients. This was especially effective with adults and children who were grieving a loss. I am the author of a workbook titled “What Happens Next: Messages from Heaven.” It provides space to answer contemplative questions with writing, drawing, and/or painting. I am a resident of Vallejo Hills retirement community in Vallejo where I first learned about AWE. Thank you for your wonderful art courses.

Mary Ann Taylor
Valentine’s Tea Party

 

I am a retired elementary teacher. I taught all grades during my career and my favorite grade was fifth, because of the students’ interest and the curriculum. I also taught in Finland and Taiwan. I loved the cultural experience and making lasting friends. I enjoy the Art With Elders’ classes, since I did not have time to study art until I retired.

Paula Thompson
Tree of Life

 

 
Gayle Wanamaker
Heart Spider Woman, Valentine’s Day Collage

 

Gayle, born in Columbus, Ohio, is an avid quilter whose passion for using embellishments, fiber, and multi-dimensional approach leads to layered crazy quilts, collages, and paintings that capture her love for spiders, dressforms and nature. Her biggest fear is not being able to tell her story the way she wants through her art. But as Henry Matisse said, “creativity takes courage”. So, with that said, she strives for joy and the story generally follows. Thank you AWE for being a source of inspiration that enables me to find creative and mindful possibilities.

The Reutlinger Community with Betty Rothaus

Betty Rothaus
Flowering Almond Herald of Tu b’Shevat And the Spring in Israel

Remember to Remember who you are and where you are. The Master of the Good Name taught: there is a river of pure Love that flows through the universe…connecting all people, places and things. We may …“draw power from this stream of blessing at any time. All that is required is to pause and remember it’s always there.”* The problem is that we forget. We are very “busy.” Each day, thousands of thoughts and feelings anchored in the past or future prevent us from being present. They prevent us from enjoying beauty, distract us from loving ourselves, and others and from seeing and appreciating the richness and magic surrounding us. Being aware of who we are, where we are, in the present, we can fully live the precious moments of our lives. My mission is to remind us to be present – to our gifts and blessings – and to celebrate daily with joy and gratitude. *Ani Tuzman

Western Park Apartments with Mei Mei Everson
Deetje Boler
Valentine Tree, Valentine Designs
 
Chieko Lafferty
Valentine Heart Window

 

Chieko, always an art lover, is from Kyoto, Japan. She also enjoys reading, cooking, classical music, and taking walks. She is constantly exploring through art, seeking to develop her style. “There are rules, but rules are for breaking,” she laughs. “I love that!” For example, she will refigure classical compositions with a cubist technique and use origami paper for collage. “If I paint something and everyone says, ‘That’s Chieko’, that is what I want.”

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Yelena Khristich
Valentine

If you’re lucky, Yelena might sing you the Ukrainian folk song that is featured in this painting of her grandmother’s house where she spent her summers in the central Ukrainian town of Poltova. Born in Kiev in 1948, she lost her father at the age of thirteen, but went on to study in the Polytechnic University, where she met her husband. The couple raised a daughter, who inherited Yelena’s love of singing, and the family came to the U.S. in 1998.

Yelena began doing art with AWE five years ago, but a broken wrist interrupted her art-making. Her teacher Rafael gave her a series of exercises to help her brain recover from the trauma and on that same day, she was able to write her name for the first time with her non-dominant hand.

She likes to paint in what she calls “Ukrainian style,” once adapting the work of a Mexican artist that inspired her into her own native style. A creative person, she also enjoys sewing, embroidery, and knitting–a skill she uses to make blankets for babies in the neo-natal unit.

As for the lessons she’s learned: “Immigration is very hard, but if you like music and art it always helps you to recover and adjust. The deeper you go into a new culture, the better.”

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Visitation Valley with Min Lee

Alwine Goossens-Greywolf
Red Flowers

 

 

Natee Galinato
Flamingo Love

 

 

We Dream, We Paint
A collection of recent works by AWE Artists
January 15 – March 15, 2021
Link here to view

“It’s All in the Eyes” by John Collister – Saturday Open Studio

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

The Connected Earth and Other Works
A collection of recent works by AWE Artists
November
15 – January 15, 2021
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“The Connected Earth” by Gloria Ruth and “My Son, Steve” by Rita R. Goldman

Every Canvas is a Journey All It’s Own
Landscapes of the Imagination
September 15 – November 15, 2020

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Partner Site Feature: The Reutlinger Community
September 15 – November 15, 2020 Link Here

Art With Elders has been in partnership with The Reutlinger Community and Artist Instructor Betty Rothaus for many years. This exhibit features work from eleven of her Artist Participants, as well as images and brief biographies of the artists.

Bringing Unique Visions to Life
Full time Artist-in-Residence, Betty Rothaus, MFA, (center above) offers residents individual guidance in bringing their unique vision to life. Within a beautiful fine arts studio, residents who have never created art before, as well as experienced artists, enjoy learning new skills and expressing themselves through drawing, painting in oil, acrylic, pastels or watercolor, sculpting/pottery in clay, collage, textiles, jewelry and/or mixed media.  Exhibitions each year provide a joyous sharing of our residents’ accomplishments with the entire community.
The Reutlinger Community Art Program (https://www.rcjl.org/the-reutlinger/art-program/

Resilient!
Link Here to view show

Featuring works by 85 artists from across the Bay Area
July 15 – September 15, 2020

 

PANDEMIC RESPONSE ART

AWE Artist-Participants respond to the pandemic with creativity.

Susan McCown

Susan, from California, retired to Hawaii where she enjoyed the beauty of nature. As a member of the group, Wise Old Women (WOW), she painted, created pottery, arranged flowers, and learned the art of “Healing Touch.” She returned to Vallejo to be near her family. A resident of Vallejo Hills, she enjoys the sense of community there. She has become a dedicated member of the AWE class. Fellow classmate and husband Larry says of his partner, “She’s an artful soul!”

THEY HAVE NAMES


Fran Marcus

I have enjoyed dabbling in art since I was in elementary school. As an adult, I have taken classes in painting, stained glass, jewelry and mixed media.I taught elementary school for many years and always loved doing art projects with my students.  Often, long after they went home I would find myself drawn back to the art table to experiment with new approaches to the lesson. I enjoy art history and always make it a point to visit art museums when I travel. Since joining AWE in April I have been experimenting with various mediums (watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, markers, charcoal) and learning techniques for doing landscapes, portraits and abstract art. I find the classes educational,  challenging, relaxing and rewarding. In addition, I find that I really  enjoy making art in community with others.  

Living with Uncertainty

 

Covid-19 Quilt

Shirley Keller

Spirit Hill Meditation Garden and Art Studio, in Three Rivers, is Keller’s favorite place to be, letting the creative energies have the day. Keller plays with clay, focusing on ceramic masks. Repurposed items like hubcaps, skill saws, horseshoes, and more, are made into art pieces with dots of acrylic. Mixing words and art is her latest exploration on canvas and hubcaps. Gift Cards Keller designs from her photography. Keller’s art work grew out of her love of writing, which she does every morning. Coordinator for 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, a monthly art event.

Let There Be Peace

Mary Ann Taylor

I am a retired elementary teacher. I taught all grades during my career and my favorite grade was fifth, because of the students’ interest and the curriculum. I also taught in Finland and Taiwan. I loved the cultural experience and making lasting friends. I enjoy the Art With Elders’ classes, since I did not have time to study art until I retired.

Kay Talbot

I am indebted to Art With Elders for providing a new experience with art. To me art is a different way of seeing our world. When I was in practice as a life transitions counselor, I used drawing and collage with some of my clients. This was especially effective with adults and children who were grieving a loss. I am the author of a workbook titled “What Happens Next: Messages from Heaven.” It provides space to answer contemplative questions with writing, drawing, and/or painting. I am a resident of Vallejo Hills retirement community in Vallejo where I first learned about AWE. Thank you for your wonderful art courses.

Pandemic Eyes

Chelsea Lee

Chelsea Lee is 8 years old.  This is her first time taking online class with her mother and she enjoyed it very much.  Chelsea completed this “Covid 19” in May for the class theme: Pandemic Response Art.  She said: “I like art because I can be creative and make beautiful artworks.  I like to use color-pencils because it won’t leak through like markers and it is easier than other mediums; it is more focus on drawing which I like it better.”

COVID 19

 

COVID-19

Pamela Osborne

I love to sit and sketch, not looking at my paper to make sure it “looks” right as a meditative process. When I can bypass all the negative talk in my head, the final art piece always humbles and amazes me. Then I experience what is possible.

Kay Talbot

I am indebted to Art With Elders for providing a new experience with art. To me art is a different way of seeing our world. When I was in practice as a life transitions counselor, I used drawing and collage with some of my clients. This was especially effective with adults and children who were grieving a loss. I am the author of a workbook titled “What Happens Next: Messages from Heaven.” It provides space to answer contemplative questions with writing, drawing, and/or painting. I am a resident of Vallejo Hills retirement community in Vallejo where I first learned about AWE. Thank you for your wonderful art courses.

COVID 19

 

Louise Gibler

Louise has lived a life “centered in art.” Born in New Jersey, she and her husband Dick met when they were both working for a Superior Court judge. Dick was a landscape painter and she began painting with him, often taking their easels and oils outside to paint together. While living in New Jersey, they began attending classes at the well known Arts Students League in New York at the time when Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe were there. The couple worked and painted together until Dick’s death at the age of 75. She moved to Canada near Toronto where her son was living and joined an art community. “Art,” she says, “saved my life.”

Pandemic 2020
Paula Thompson

 

 

Cool Cats Wear Masks
Carol Martin
After so many years of lifetus interruptus, I began painting again now that I am retired and have mucho Covid-19 time on my hands.  High school and college were my painting days of still life and abstracts  with a prize and honorable mentions here and there while living in Colorado.  My inspiration to paint again was late 2019, floral and fauna, but also, began a Fire Art painting in honor and awareness for our firefighters.  Though I am not a professional (yet) and have no special certificates or degrees, I absolutely love working with oils and acrylics painting any subject.  Attempting watercolors and colored pencil, still a challenge. Please check out my website carolsoriginals.com and note my granddaughter’s gallery.  May my legacy be of encouraging my granddaughter to push forward with her talent.
Mandate 2020

 

 

Shirley Keller

Spirit Hill Meditation Garden and Art Studio, in Three Rivers, is Keller’s favorite place to be, letting the creative energies have the day. Keller plays with clay, focusing on ceramic masks. Repurposed items like hubcaps, skill saws, horseshoes, and more, are made into art pieces with dots of acrylic. Mixing words and art is her latest exploration on canvas and hubcaps. Gift Cards Keller designs from her photography. Keller’s art work grew out of her love of writing, which she does every morning. Coordinator for 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, a monthly art event.

In Your Studio