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.

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.”

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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
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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

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

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

Check out this beautiful selection of works by AWE artists in our Virtual Gallery Space!

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Meet the Artists

Belmont Village Albany, Western Park Apts., El Bethel Arms with Mei Mei Everson
Sarah Armstrong
“Desert Tree”

Sarah Armstrong was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania. She worked for IT&T and then Campbell Soup Company where she was in charge of pay and benefits. She plays classical piano and has recently taken up the cello. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her advice is to “know who you are and stand on your own two feet.”

Margaret Mary Miller
“Owl”

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.”

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Masha Beylin
“Lily with Blue Koi”

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.”

Yelena Khristich
“Landscape”

Yelena was born in the Ukraine and came to the U.S. in 1998. She began doing art with AWE six years ago, but a broken wrist interrupted her art-making. Her art teacher gave her exercises to help her recover from the trauma. She likes to paint in what she calls “Ukrainian style.” She also enjoys sewing, embroidery, and knitting–a skill she uses to make blankets for babies in the neo-natal unit.

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Chieko Lafferty
“Shadow Box”

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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Lytton Gardens with Sarah Dwyer
Louise Gibler
“The Red Shoes”

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.”

Mission Neighborhood Centers with Santiago Gervasi
Maria Esperanza Flores
“Los Floreros – Vases”

Since March, our lives have changed, we have to be at home protecting ourselves from this COVID-19 pandemic for being more vulnerable, but these things always come in addition. We are united with the Capp center (MNC); we have realized how important teachers are, like our Art teacher Santiago who show us videos of famous Artist. We are entertained drawing, coloring, reviewing our drawings and we are very happy for this class. They have given us materials for us to work on, such as drawing pages, they have lent us color pencils and also tablets and the internet. Thanks for everything, I love you, God bless you.

Hilda Ibarra
“Hidden”

My name is Hilda. I am a participant at Mission Neighborhood Centers drawing class. During the COVID-19, pandemic virtual classes have been taking place and I had been fortunate enough to had been able to borrow a tablet and internet hotspot so I can participate in virtual classes. The center also provided me with materials for drawing and painting delivered to my home by a Staff member. Drawing class has brought me out of this mental exhaustion over the stay at home order. I am a wheelchair bound and got hurt during the pandemic so I spend most of my time in bed. After the first class, I got in a better mood and got more active. I feel liberated and capable of doing more again. I stepped out of the boundaries by using color pencil and started painting too. I am a beginner, by participate in this class and seen others art and knowledge inspired me to learn more. I have been researching and learning from internet as well. I had been able to try materials in a more freely approaching into learning and just go for it. I am originally from Mexico, opportunities to learn art are very limited specially if you do not have the funds to support the cost. I very thankful to the center for proving this huge opportunity especially during this worldwide crisis. This virtual class has not only proving me the opportunity to come out of isolation but also to improve my health. On the plus side, beside been able to participate in class I can also be part of a community again even from home. I look forward to hear and see what other members of the class have to share two times a week. Thank you very much to all the staff at the center for all your help, efforts and encouragement above your daily duties and for stepping out of the box during this stressful and difficult times. You had given hope to us even from distance. We see some of you briefly during classes because you are so busy taking care of so many things and others so we can be able to get some peace at home. Mil gracias. May you receive more. Take care, Hilda I.

Tomás Lopez
“Signos Signs”

My name Tomás Lopez, I am from Mexico. I am 67 years old. During this quarantine, sometimes I feel sad and desperate because I cannot see my colleagues at the center and attend classes. Now that I can attend virtual art classes with Santiago Gervasi, it gives me joy, and pleasure to see other people participating. I forget that I cannot go out because of COVID-19. The Art class helps me to relax; it is a therapy to me. I can relieve the stress I have for not being able to do the things I used to do before the pandemic. Thanks to this and the other virtual classes, they help me cope with the shelter in place order.

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Blanca Marenco
“Agua Fresca”

My name is Blanca Marenco. I was born in Guatemala. I came to the United States almost 55 years ago. I have two children, a boy, a girl, and five grandchildren.

I have been enjoying taking the art classes with Santiago Gervasi. They have help me to relax now that I have to be home because of the pandemic.

 

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Ana Miranda
“Garden”

Hello, my name is Ana Miranda. I am an active participant in the classes offered through Mission Neighborhood Centers Inc. I greatly appreciate these classes as I am learning so many new things. I have always loved and enjoyed to draw. In the Art class, I have learned many more skills on how to use colors and how to combine them. Our teacher Santiago Gervasi is very knowledgeable and a joy to learn more and more skills from him. I feel very blessed to be able to participate in this class.

Rosario Martinez
“Padre, Madre, Hija, Hijo – Father, Mother, Daughter, Son”

I am originally from El Salvador; I arrived in San Francisco 43 years ago. I am 73 years old. My first job was at Mission Neighborhood Center; I worked 30 years and went to work at LHH and SFGH Hospital and Clinica De La Raza in Oakland. Now I have visited MNC again for the services rendered to the community. The art class on Saturdays made me remember when I was going to school. I like to draw. Now with the teacher Santiago Gervasi I have learned again. I am very grateful that this class helped me while we are shelter in place. It has helped me a lot to use my mind and develop my skills. I thank the teacher and MNC very much for taking an interest on my well-being. I want to add something else, Mr. Santiago Ruiz was the director when I worked there and when I told him that I was leaving he said, “If you don’t like the new job or need to come back; you are very welcome.” and he is still the director now. Thank God and you for making life easier and more reliable.

Adelaida Moreno
“Mis Flores Predilectos – My Favorite Flowers”

Originally from El Salvador. I arrived in the United States of America in 2001. I joined the Senior Center between 19th street and Capp in which I am still an active member. I feel we have a family like connection at the center. I thank God that despite the situation in which we are living right now, Mrs. Aurora Alvarado and Joana Mattero in the company of Mrs. Maria Campos and Claudia Perez-Vaughan worked very hard in provides us with virtual classes in which all classes are excellent. “The painting” class, exercises, well each one are excellent. The ones where I participate help me to be less worried about how much time I have to be in quarantine and I am very grateful for their dedication, their patience to us. Thank you very much.

Blanca Lorena Perez Vaughan
“Little Garden”

My name is Lorena Pérez. I am from Nicaragua. I am 66 years old. I have some diseases, which is why I am a person at high risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, and that is why I have had to spend these months of prevention at home. Despite the above, I am happy to receive the art class with Santiago Gervasi, which is a great help to overcome confinement, because in addition to instructing me in the subject of art, I learn drawing and we had a lot of fun sharing with the other students. I thank Santiago for showing us videos of Latin American painters and from other parts such as Spain, France, USA, etc. The Mission Neighborhood Centers had great success in coordinating the virtual classes. Thank you very much for this great work on behalf of older adults like me.

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Bonnie M. Perez
“Abstracto”

My name is Bonnie M. Perez. I was born in El Salvador. I am 73 years old. I am writing these words to express how much the virtual art classes have help me and continue to help me. Taught by teacher Santiago Gervasi in this time of quarantine by the Corona Virus. I hope that these classes continue to keep me active and to keep my mind working during my golden years.

Carlos Perez
“Granja”

My name is Carlos Pérez. I was born in Guatemala. I am 74 years old.

I want to share through this testimony how much these virtual art classes have helped me. I like how teacher Santiago Gervasi gives his classes, which on the other hand are the first art classes I ever received.

The unfortunate times that we have to live in have been more bearable because of the class, which I am grateful for and I hope they continue to teach it.

Concepción Ruiz
““Four Houses””

My name is Concepción Ruiz, I was born in Mexico. I have been living here in the United States for many years. A friend invited me to go to the Mission Neighborhood Centers about four years ago or more.

Before I went to another center, they are all very nice, but when I started coming to this one I decided to stay here because I met many very friendly people and the staff who works here at the center always look for programs and services for our benefits.

Now that we cannot leave because of COVID-19, we take classes virtually, especially the art class. That class has help me a lot, since I starting participating on it, I am able to cope with everything is going on and relieve my stress.

Thanks Aurora, Joana, Claudia and Maria. Thank you very much for thinking of us older adults.

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Ana Zavaleta
“Sunny Day”

My name is Ana Zavaleta. I am from El Salvador. I am 24 years old. I began confinement on March 13, 2020. We had to stock up on food, water, medicine for 3 months.

I thank the Senior Center Mission Neighborhood Centers for the support they have given me with virtual classes that are giving us.

These are difficult times and I want all this to pass so that we can meet again and give my friends a hug.

Oak Center Towers with Insio Che
Hui Lan Li
“Vacation Home”

Born in the Canton province of China in 1940, Hui Lan came to the U.S. in 2000, worked as an elementary school teacher in China. She married in 1964 and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She describes herself as a happy person who loves to be of service to others. In addition to caring for her husband and apartment, she helps out at the local farmers’ market. AWE classes have been her first experience in art. Her favorite medium is acrylics.

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Kekun Ouyang
“Birds by the Lake”

“Follow your heart and your passion,” says this native of China with a smile, “and keep doing what you want to do.” And that’s what he is doing today in his art class. KeKun loves to go to local beaches, the forest, and Yellowstone National park—all of which feed his love of nature. 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.

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On Lok Lifeways Peralta with Dmitry Grudsky
Ashwin Sheth
“Starry Night at the Lake”

Openhouse with Hugh Leeman
Keith Bailie
“99 Ord St”

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).

Open Studios with Darcie O’Brien and Min Lee
Melinda Allen
“Landscape”

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John Collister
It’s All in the Eyes

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.

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Lindsay Frisch
“Happy Day”

Patricia Garrett
Willingness

Shirley Keller
“Abstract Portrait”

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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Chelsea Lee
“Snap”

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 “Tree House” in May for the class theme: Favorite Place. 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
“Abstract”

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.

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Carol Martin
“Foxes after Franz Marc”

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
“Energy of Light”

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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Susan McCown
“Country Landscape”

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!”

Pamela Osborne
“Abstract Portrait”

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.

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Kay Talbot
“Abstract”

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.

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Mary Ann Taylor
“Newgrange, Ireland, Celtic symbols”

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
“Birds”

Paula Tschida
“Birds”

Gayle Wanamaker
“Hive”

The Reutlinger Community with Betty Rothaus
Marge Cohen
“Influenced Rhythms and Shapes”

I’m always looking for new ways to learn! I search for and try out fresh methods and approaches to working. For example, aboriginal art work opens new styles of drawing and painting and broadens my attempts for my artistic work to flourish. That is a new level of learning and having experiences that widen both my self expression and artistic interests.

Sidney Glickfeld
“Melting Snow into Falls at Yosemite”

“Melting Snow into Falls at Yosemite” describes a waterfall moving thru the mountains, its forests and the snow. This would be a good source of power that continues until today!

Rita R. Goldman
“Gerri’s Garden”

The inspiration for “Gerri’s Garden” was a photograph of my sister’s garden; it is a place she loves as a retreat from her daily cares. She cherishes my painting (more than the photograph!) for its spirit and its imperfections which makes it uniquely her sisters work! My gift to her hangs in a prominent place in her home; I enjoyed working on this because it reminded me of French Impressionism which I adore.

Evelyn Ostreicher
“Reflection on a Pathway in Israel”

The inspiration for “Reflection on a Pathway in Israel” came from my most recent trip to Israel. When I saw this scene in a book, it reminded me of a view I had from a car window; I painted this to hold onto that moment and keep it sharp!

Gaylee Rubin
“Fall Leaves”

Gaylee is new to painting but not to the arts. She earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Michigan and has been writing short stories since she was in her 20’s. She has two daughters, one granddaughter , and cat and a dog. Gaylee explains, “ “Fall Leaves” began as my experiment with crayon resist and watercolor. I did rubbings of beautiful fall leaves with wax/oil crayon and painted over them with watercolor. I used tissue paper and rice paper (for their thin translucent qualities), and I glued the linear rubbings onto a painted background of poured watercolor. I wanted the painting to look like a pile of fall leaves and it did! However, the pile of dark leaves looked unstructured; so,I did some rubbings in white crayon on transparent paper and glued them on top of the pile of leaves. Those delicate rubbings seem to organize the composition and I liked the result!”

Gaylee Rubin - Fall Leaves-1
Gloria Ruth
“Floating in the Universe”

We are” Floating in the Universe”. As we all go ROUND and ROUND with the uncertainty of Climate Change,  Covid 19 Poverty, Homelessness, Violence, Political Destruction  and HOPE with VACCINATIONS, I learn how to Shadow, give needed Depth and Dimensions and to go Down and Down and cover one object with another.

Jill Starr
“The Falls”

““The Falls” is a place in which you can wander around and create the area as you go.”

Jill Starr- Mushroom Countryside-1
Christine Wasserbauer
“Fragrance”

““Fragrance” is based on a bouquet of flowers given to me by a friend who gardened-one of his favorite flowers; when he saw the painting, he titled it! I was inspired by Manet to develop the dark background which provides a contrast that shows the whiteness of the flowers. I experimented with the large shapes in this background using the dropping flowers and referencing a table.”

SF Senior Center
Carol Allen
“Tea and Rose”

S. Renee Jones
“Soul Traveler”

Renee was raised by a single-parent father in the Mission District of San Francisco. She had nine sisters and brothers. Her father also helped raise other children as well. She says at one point there were 18 children living under one roof.  Her father was named “Father of the Year” three times by the SF Examiner. He taught her to be the person she is today: responsible, caring and hard working.

There was always art in her house growing up. One day her father brought home a large white rug from a home he was helping to tear down. He spread the rug out on the sidewalk and gave all the kids colored markers and allowed them to draw whatever they wanted on the rug. That made the kids feel special!

He also brought home old cameras, which started Renee’s interest in photography. Today she runs an art gallery (6th on 7th Gallery), and teaches photo workshops for “adults living in poverty” and military veterans.

“There are not enough positive images of people of color,” she says, “And my goal is to put those images out in every medium.”

SF Senior Center - S. Renee Jones - Black Is Beautiful - 2019-1

The Connected Earth and Other Works
A collection of recent works by AWE Artists
November 15 – January 15, 2021


“The Connected Earth” by Gloria Ruth and “My Son, Steve” by Rita R. Goldman

Check out this beautiful selection of works by AWE artists in our Virtual Gallery Space!

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Meet the Artists

Belmont Village Albany with Mei Mei Everson

Sarah Armstrong
“Wine Glass Study” and “Portrait”

Sarah Armstrong was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania. She worked for IT&T and then Campbell Soup Company where she was in charge of pay and benefits. She plays classical piano and has recently taken up the cello. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her advice is to “know who you are and stand on your own two feet.”

Davis Senior Center with Virginia Jourdan
Peter Chan
Portrait Studies

I have been learning drawing and painting for about 20 months in the G. Davis Senior Center before the Pandemic came. This program has given us, the students, a great opportunity to understand Arts and it’s many implications. Everyone of our teaching instructors are indeed very successful and professional artist, thus, our extra keen in following. At present, my favorite is portrait drawings in black and white with pencils, but as time goes on, I will love to try my hand on acrylic and watercolor paintings. My ultimate goal is to do sketches and paintings in mixed media, which allows me more ways in expressing myself. My sincere thanks to the Center, our teachers and the program provided.

Mary Fleming
Portrait Study

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.

Classie Kendrick
Portrait Studies

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
Portrait Study

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.

Friday Open Studios with Min Lee and Darcie O’Brien
Carol Martin
“Dutch Floral,” “Mandate 2020,” “Family of Birds”

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.

Lindsay Frisch
“Flower”

Paula Thompson
“Magritte’s Tomato”

Lytton Gardens with Sarah Dwyer
Louise Gibler
“Breakfast,” “Woman Reading,” “Barn”

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.”

Oak Center Towers with Insio Che
Kun Ken Ouyang
“Hoping,” “Graceful pond,” “Joyful Birds”

“Follow your heart and your passion,” says this native of China with a smile, “and keep doing what you want to do.” And that’s what he is doing today in his art class. Kun Ken loves to go to local beaches, the forest, and Yellowstone National park—all of which feed his love of nature. Kun Ken 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.

Hui Lan Li
“Butterflies”

Born in the Canton province of China in 1940, Hui Lan came to the U.S. in 2000, worked as an elementary school teacher in China. She married in 1964 and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She describes herself as a happy person who loves to be of service to others. In addition to caring for her husband and apartment, she helps out at the local farmers’ market. AWE classes have been her first experience in art. Her favorite medium is acrylics.

On Lok Peralta and On Lok Rose Center with Dmitry Grudsky
Vanita Shah
“Sailing on the Bay”

Vanita was born in India and moved to the U.S. later in life to be close to her four children and seven grandchildren. She loves to cook Indian dishes for her family. Vanita, who describes herself as a very good-natured person, feels that education is important and appreciates her AWE class. Her art teacher Dmitry says that she specializes in folk art and reports that, with her attention to details, her drawings take months to finish.

Ashwin Sheth
Series #1-6

Rose Haw
“Mountain Lake”

The Reutlinger Community with Betty Rothaus
Marjorie Cohen
“Burst of Hopeful Growth”  Mixed Media 12” x 9”

Creating “Burst of Hopeful Growth” was a different experience because I used pastel over watercolor.The brightness of the pastel gives an extra vibrancy to the new growth covering the bushes. I also felt it was a more contemporary visualization- bringing me into “today”! At the same time, having lived in New England, this image brought me back to a time and place where many of my life’s challenges were developed. In this painting, I enjoyed working with the brightness of the color and light and presenting these images in a hopeful, cheerful way! Marjorie Cohen

Clarence Crew
“Bird on Ocean” 14” x 17” Graphite/Colored Pencil on Paper

Clarence Crew loves creating and teaching art! He taught art and mentored students at Livermore High School for 45 years, adults at Mt. Diablo Adult Education for 20 years, as well as offering art in Extension High School classes to troubled teens. At the same time, as a skilled and imaginative professional artist, he was sought after for his painting, sculpture and drawing, completing many satisfying commissions. In addition to this double career, he was an athlete and played All-American in baseball and basketball at St. Mary’s College. While he taught High School, he also coached the teams and was elected to the coaching Hall of Fame for the Tri-Valley. Clarence explains, “Sometimes I look at photographs and begin with a clear idea. I also love beginning(as in ‘Bird on Ocean’) abstractly and allow it to develop into some type of figure, plant, object, animal or place- anything in the world -from Don Quixote and windmills to clipper ships on distant seas, to elephants, lions, and magical sprouting plants!

Sidney Glickfeld
“Fire Suppression” Graphite/Watercolor on Paper 12”x18”

Sid Glickfeld’s realistic painting, “Fire Suppression,” came from his experience as a young adult volunteer working to put out fires. “I was a scoutmaster at this time in my life, and we worked together, digging trenches, on public properties where fire broke out. I remember after fighting a fire, we had to write a report . You never know for sure, but we were asking questions about how it started.”

Rita R. Goldman
“My Son, Steve” Graphite/Acrylic on Paper 13 1/8” x 16 1/4”

“This is my first attempt at portraiture! Steve, the oldest of my four children, was lost to us as a young adult. Painting him was a deeply emotional experience, allowing me to be in touch with my wild child. It was a challenging and rewarding experience…as with all of my paintings, I feel I have grown . I learned about the placement and relationships of facial features which I previously had not considered! This has opened up a whole new area of expertise as an artist.”

Evelyn Ostreicher
“Life in the Waters” Graphite/Watercolor on Paper 19″ x 24

In “Life in the Waters”, all of the thriving lifeforms are from different waters and locations! I wanted to show there is life underwater because when we look at the surface of the ocean it’s not obvious. These are just a few of the thousands of species that reside there! I took these images from different sources and combined them to show their contrasting beauty and fill the painting with surprises! In a painting, every detail counts…the color , the shapes, every curve. Doing this artwork, my eyes have opened up; and, I have learned even more about looking out and enjoying the beauty of the world! Evelyn Ostreicher

Gloria Ruth
“The Connected Earth” Wax-Oil Crayon over Rice Paper 13 1/2 x 11 1/2

The rhythmical lines in “The Connected Earth” were created by ‘rubbing’ over string glued onto a board. The linear pattern was originally vertical and came from rubbing over tree bark. I reinterpreted the pattern horizontally with color: when arid dessert was nourished by the sea to develop fertile land and build the mountains, then, the sky produced rain connecting all the earth! Gloria Ruth

Maher Salama
“God’s Creation: Heavenly Paradise” Mixed Media 17” x 14”

I enjoy the beauty of nature as provided by our Creator, Who fills human lives with love, peace and sincerity. The dots in my painting, “Gods Creation: Heavenly Paradise,” are like the energy pumped through our veins – designed by God. Every dot-and breath – gives us continued life. Love for all and peace on earth, God bless you all. Maher Salama

Christine Wasserbauer
“Hearts of Love” Graphite/Watercolor on Paper 14”x 20”

“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. The shoe in “Hearts of Love” expresses my journey to health and the flowers were a gift from my beloved. Since I never painted orchids before, this was a challenge along with my relearning to walk.” Christine Wasserbauer

Saturday Open Studio with Darcie O’Brien
Melinda Allen
“Portrait Study 1,” “Portrait: Feline Friend”
Insio Che
“Waterlilies Mural”

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.com. Insio 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 this mural for her family’s newly opened restaurant, “Chelsea’s Cuisine.”

John Collister
“Sunset Sky with Tree,” “Labyrinth”

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
“Blue Buddha,” “Autumn Landscape”
Shirley Keller
“Spirit Bear,” “The Spring View,” “Circles”

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.

Chelsea Lee
“Joy! Art Supplies”

Chelsea Lee is 8 years old.  This is her first time taking online class with her mother and she enjoys it very much.  Chelsea completed this piece, “Art Supplies” in May for the class theme: “Joy.”  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.”

Hugh Leeman
“Abstract in Black”

Living in the Caribbean at a young age amongst the beauty of the people, language and culture I thought I would live there the rest of my life. However after I started working at a Spanish tapas bar I began meeting people from all over the world whose stories set alight a passionate curiosity in me. These stories set me afoot on a multi year journey around the world, working any job that I could find along the way. Years later I arrived in San Francisco for what I thought would be a layover. I fell in love with the city and taught myself to paint. Nearly fifteen years later I’m still here, making art. In addition to painting I’ve collaborated on projects with the homeless in San Francisco and teamed up with a Bay Area non profit which brings water projects to the indigenous Aeta Tribe of the Philippines. I am fortunate to have shown my artworks at the deYoung Museum, the Museum of Mexico City and the Arlington Contemporary Art Center as well as having my artwork and projects published in The Outlaw Bible of American Art.

Fran Marcus
“Frida,” “Joy”

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.  

Larry McCown
“Flower,” Starburst,” French Curves”

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!”

Susan McCown
“My Studio Still Life,” “Bird of Paradise”

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!”

Pamela Osborne
“Water Landscape,” “Sunset Scene”

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
“Sky Fire,” “Golden Light”

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
“River View,” “World Cat”

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
“Hydrangea,”  “Country Landscape”

Jim Turner
“Meghan”
Western Park Apartments with Mei Mei Everson
Chieko Lafferty
“Shadow Box,” “Mt. Fuji,” “Eggs in a Basket, “White Tree,” “Portrait”

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.”

Every Canvas is a Journey All It’s Own
The Landscape of the Imagination
September 15 – November 15, 2020
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Check out this beautiful collection of landscapes by AWE artists in our new Virtual Gallery Space!

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!
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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