Online Exhibits

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Through in-person and online classes, AWE is able to reach out to seniors to engage their creativity, as well as providing a forum for community building. Classwork is selected for online and on-location exhibits, building a bridge to audiences of all ages.

Weekly classes include a lesson presentation, classwork review, and work time. Classwork is then selected and shared for display in exhibitions online and on location.

Please also check out our previous Annual Exhibits which are viewable on the Annual Exhibits page of this website.

AWE Community Feature:
AWE at The Sequoias – Featuring artists of The Sequoias with AWE Special Guests

Sept. 13 – Oct. 30, 2021

Catalog View 

Meet the Artists
The Sequoias

Arnold Benetti
Winter Sunset, Garden at the Sequoias Living San Francisco, Buttermilk Sky
The Sequoias

 

Edward Bergh
Arabesque
The Sequoias

 

Joanna Hopkins
New England Mountains
The Sequoias

 

 


Kay Matsuda
Words, Mermaid’s Domain
The Sequoias

Born in the northern rural area of the Big Island of Hawaii, Kay grew up on a sugar cane plantation. A trained nurse, she came to San Francisco in 1949–the only one of her six siblings who emigrated to the mainland–and worked for many years at St. Francis Hospital.

After over sixty years of marriage, Kay asserts, “The three things I live by are trust, respect, and responsibility.” She believes deeply in keeping life simple. At the Sequoias, this articulate and independent 90-year-old goes up to the roof at dawn to view “nature’s gallery” and works out at the gym. She also draws, paints or thinks about her art daily.

May drew nothing other than stick figures before she took art lessons from a resident artist at the Sequoias and then joined the AWE class. Now, she says, “When I finish my drawing or painting, I look at it and say, ‘Now, did I do this?’ It’s something I created and it’s a moment I treasure.”

One of Kay’s art projects has included a series of drawings depicting her family history, accompanied by stories to pass on to her nieces, nephews and grand-nephews.  

Julia Renegado
Tapa
The Sequoias

 

Herbert K. Uetz
Portrait of a Cat
The Sequoias

 


Richard Williams
Western Vista, Half Dome, Sunset II
The Sequoias

Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Richard grew up in Wisconsin, went to Northwestern University, and performed in live theatre, mostly comedies and musicals, for twenty years. His favorite character was playing King Arthur in Camelot. 

But his true passion is ceramics. Richard returned to school for an MFA in ceramics and came to California planning to become a potter. He has worked in San Francisco’s Castro district for thirty years as one of the managers of a non-profit studio for ceramic artists – Ruby’s Clay Studio – where he has his studio.

Richard has been an avid participant in Art With Elders for many years, painting stunning landscapes of some of his favorite spots. Richard exhibits with AWE frequently, often choosing to donate his work. Richard has been in the “Artist Spotlight” of our newsletter and his work, Stony Cliff, was on the cover of our 24th Annual Show Program.

Richard, who describes himself as a generally positive person and a peacemaker, is excited about painting. “You’re never too old to discover new things,” he says and quips, “I doubt I’ll develop into Grandpa Moses, but I’m having a great time in my AWE class.”

AWE Guest Artists – Various Communities

Victoria Chan
Falls
Cypress Golden Gate

Victoria (Vickie) Chan considers herself a lucky woman. Born in Hong Kong in 1931, she remembers people dying in the streets during the Japanese occupation, which began when she was ten. “I’m a Christian,” she says. “I always thank God.”

When World War II ended, she attended an English high school and entered nursing school, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was a mid-wife. She undertook advanced nursing studies in England returning to Hong Kong to work as a head nurse until the communist take-over in 1967. It was then that she and her husband, an engineer, moved to the U.S. with their two young children.

Vickie worked for many years at Laguna Honda Hospital, first as a staff nurse on the night shift and later as head nurse. After her retirement she enjoyed frequent trips to Europe and China until a serious fall limited her travels. Now the grandmother of five goes to church and plays mahjong weekly, exercises and does tai chi every morning, and enjoys watching Chinese movies. Her AWE classes are the first time she has ever painted.

She feels she’s learned some lessons in life:  “Always look forward, forget the past, trust in God, don’t complain, and be happy.”   


Gretchen Klug
Telling Stories
Raksha Care Home

Gretchen was born in Alliance, Nebraska, and lived in several Midwestern cities in her youth before the family moved to San Diego. Her German-born father, an osteopath, and her mother believed in the importance of healthy living and Gretchen was raised in a nudist camp from the age of 10-18.

After coming to Berkeley, she worked as a secretary, taking dictation for Chancellors Robert Gordon Sproul and Clark Kerr. She remembers fondly the sense of community in Berkeley at the time—the wine and spaghetti parties, poetry, meditation groups, and folk music. For years Gretchen helped raise her sister’s children and she and her mother rented rooms to students who weren’t welcome in other places. She has also worked for the California State Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation, Workmen’s Comp and an alcoholism clinic, her favorite job.

Gretchen has been interested in art since her childhood when she made art with the children she babysat, and despite serious vision issues continues to this day. What she describes as her best painting was a huge tiger, which she had to stop painting because it kept getting “bigger and bigger.” She’s a fan of Frida Kahlo and her AWE art teacher describes her work as “having a shamanic, Native American feel.”


Yelena Khristich
Open Mind
Western Park Apartments

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.”


Chieko Lafferty
De Kooning Woman
Western Park Apartments

The ebullient Chieko Lafferty, born in Kyoto, Japan, worked as an accountant. However, here dreams always led to art. After an apprenticeship, she began designing Western-style fabric patterns. Ten years later, she decided to visit the United States before settling down, but in San Francisco she met Jack, a dashing Scot, to whom she has now been married 36 years.

Chieko takes fine arts classes while continuing to work as a bookkeeper. She loves to draw, and enjoys painting still lifes, but her favorite is figure drawing. She regularly returns to the classics to check her technique. “If you can draw a circle, cylinder, box, you can draw,” Chieko explains. “The basics are so important. Sometimes it’s boring – another white bowl! But then you can go anywhere.”

Chieko enjoys reading in Japanese and murder mysteries in English, cooking all cuisines, listening to classical music, and taking walks. More than anything else, she is constantly exploring, 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.”


Francis Li
The Red Vase
Western Park Apartments

This 81-year-old Shanghai native, whose work is frequently honored in the
AWE celebrations, arrived in the U.S. in 1991 with his family, anxious for his two children to get a good education. He’s proud that they did just that.

Francis smiles when recalling his younger days in San Francisco when, after working all day at the post office, he would hop on the bus to the local park to umpire for the city’s slow-pitch softball games. He’s been an avid baseball fan his whole life, as a coach in Shanghai, when he rooted for the Yankees and Red Sox, and now for the Chicago Cubs and the Giants.

Art, he says, has given him a new appreciation of nature. “Before, when I went to the park I would see only trees and a river. Now, after painting I see the green in the sky in the early morning and at sunset.”

Francis uses his left hand to hold his impaired right hand to paint and he still insists on setting up his own work station in the art room. He says painting helps him forget his pain. And he has this wise advice: “Don’t give up. Enjoy life every day. Pray; thank God and everybody for what you have.”


Yu-Mei Lu
Flamingos
Western Park Apartments

Born in mainland China, Yu Mei Lu grew up in a large family in rural Taiwan, where survival meant a lot of hard work. Her first visit to the U.S. was with her husband, a pastor, to Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied English and art–useful skills for a kindergarten teacher. The two devout Christians returned to Taiwan, where she taught and did church work in a hospital.

Mei came to live in San Francisco in 2007 to be near her adopted daughter. She also has a son in Boston and three grandchildren, and enjoys playing piano, cross-stitching, and knitting.

The fall colors of the maple trees in Amherst still influence Yu Mei’s work. “I appreciate those natural things,” she says. The 76-year old loves the feeling of freedom that painting gives her, especially with acrylics. It took her awhile to learn that in art, “You don’t follow. You just do what you want– not like in China.”

Art, she feels, increases your self-confidence, and “makes your life happy and peaceful.” Her advice: “Art is from the inside–it’s your idea. Don’t let outside things cover your inside things.”


Philip Ojeda
Lighthouse
On Lok Peralta

Mr. Ojeda is a Bay Area native, born in the small quiet town of Alameda in 1948 to his mother (a nurse’s assistant and wonderful cook) and his father, who was a superintendent at US Steel. Philip has three brothers, with whom he is very close and feels incredibly grateful for their support.

Philip worked as an electrologist professionally, but always made time for hobbies including skiing and music. A guitar player, Philip was part of a rock band for a number of years and still enjoys playing on occasion. Philip remembers the first painting he made at the age of 25 as a gift for his niece who sadly passed away at a young age from leukemia. While he did not paint again until joining the weekly AWE classes at On Lok in Fremont, he is quick to say what a positive impact making art has had on him, “…art class made me more positive. It taught me about painting, which, over time became easier to do. Now I am able to complete a painting almost by the end of each 2-hour class. I enjoy class so much, and look forward to it every week.”

When asked what his advice he would like to share with others, he responded, “Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, and always do your best.” Words to live by!


Kekun Ouyang
Tiger and Eagle’s War
Oak Center Towers

“Follow your heart and your passion,” says this gentle and humble native of China with a captivating smile, “and keep doing what you want to do.” And that’s what he is doing today in his art class.

Born in Canton in 1945, KeKun was a farmer who picked up part-time jobs on the side. He came to the U.S., where he lives with his wife, in 2004 and has five children and eleven grandchildren. Except for one daughter in Arizona, the rest of his family still lives in China, which he manages to visit yearly.

KeKun loves to travel and even without a car he’s managed to get himself to local beaches, the forest, and Yellowstone National park—all of which feed his love of nature. His other passions include playing pool and slow walking.

KeKun hadn’t picked up a paint brush since his days in elementary school. Now he creates and composes his own art and especially likes to paint animals from pictures, which he then puts into different backgrounds that he creates. He has purchased his own set of watercolors and loves to do his art in his room also.


Lorraine Porter
Ice Skating Girl
Sutro Heights

Lorraine Porter was born and raised in Chicago, in a family of six girls and a boy. A person who’s always loved to travel, she came to California to visit her sister in San Mateo when she was 16, during the war, and decided to stay.

Her first employment was at J. C. Penney in San Mateo and after moving to San Francisco, she worked 37 years as a payroll clerk at PG&E. She traveled extensively with her husband, a San Francisco Muni employee. Together they took advantage of city-sponsored group tours almost every year, visiting Mexico, Alaska, Spain, Japan, Russia, and the Panama Canal. On their trips, the couple made lasting memories and friendships. Today, her travels finished, she enjoys reading mysteries and romance novels.

Of her art, Lorraine says, “I’ve always scribbled a bit, but never had a chance to really sit down and work at it. It’s a miracle.” Lorraine enjoys painting flowers and buds, because “they’re the most colorful,” but has begun experimenting with portraits and figures – like this one. She likes copying images but changes some aspect of them to make them her own. 

Maria Trujillo
See Food
UCSF MAC

Maria Gladys comes from a large family in El Salvador. The eldest of 7, she helped raise her siblings. She and her sister immigrated to the United States in 1972 and she has lived in San Francisco for the majority of her life. On arriving in the United States, she and her sister started working immediately to help their family. She took classes to learn English and manufacturing, and worked producing school uniforms for children. Maria Gladys was happy to meet her husband after being in the U.S. for about 4 years, and they have two daughters together. She is excited to have grandchildren one day.

Maria Gladys loves all of the feedback she has received from the AWE class instructors. She feels that her drawing skills keep improving and that motivates her to continue attending class. Aside from drawing, she enjoys gardening and taking long walks. She has also been enjoying spending time with her daughter, who recently moved back to San Francisco from the east coast. Her other daughter has been living in France for about 10 years.

Maria Gladys says she has seen a lot of changes in San Francisco over the years and she is proud of her hard work and her family.


Mary Woo
Peacock
Western Park Apartments

Crafts were a part of her family tradition in Shanghai, where Mary Woo was born in 1926. Her brother carved wooden boxes and Mary, the second child of five, sewed pillows and embroidered flowers on Chinese slippers.

After marrying at the age of 18, she moved to Hong Kong in 1953 with her husband and one of her four daughters. It took three years before she could be reunited with her other three children.  Mary lived there for 20 years and received training in fine Chinese arts. When her second daughter called her and her husband to live in San Francisco, she learned gin rummy from elderly women she cared for.

Mary still knits and paints ceramic plates. Realizing the importance of maintaining the use of her hands, for 40 years she has “prayed Tai Chi” and done a half-hour of hand exercises daily in bed before rising.


Zhi Ming Wu
Ducks by the Lake
Oak Center Towers

Zhi Ming Wu was born in 1937 in the Wu region of Central China, on the south bank of the Yangtze River. Because his family was poor, he raised birds as a child to earn money to go to school. Today, he smiles widely, saying he never imagined that one day he would live in the U.S. or have the experience of being picked up in a limousine at the airport when he visits his two daughters in Shanghai.

Prior to his AWE class, he had no formal experience in art, though he’s always liked to paint flowers. As a teenager he taught himself how to draw faces, copying photos to make portraits.

Mr. Wu retired from his work in hydraulic engineering and came to the U.S. fifteen years ago to attend his son’s graduation from college and help raise his grandchild. He now has six grandchildren. 

 
Always Beginning:
Beginning, Invention, and Discovery

May 15 – Sept. 15, 2021

Link to view exhibit here
“The artist is always beginning” Ezra Pound
 

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.

Catalog View

 

Event Video

3-D Gallery:

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
Link Here to View Works
February 14 – April 14, 2021
“Heart 1” Danielle Dossier Lytton Gardens and“Hearts” Shirley Swift The Davis Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Dream, We Paint
A collection of recent works by AWE Artists

January 15 – March 15, 2021
Link here to view exhibit works

“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
Link here to view exhibit


“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

Link here to view exhibit

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.

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