2016 Art Gallery Submissions
Ruth Mast has lived at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber for seven years, but she has been producing art off and on since fifth grade. A Kent State University graduate, Ruth worked as a librarian before retiring. This piece is a watercolor using pointillism techniques inspired by Seurat.
Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber resident Rebecca Taft was struck by how the late afternoon light struck the statehouse in her native Columbus, Ohio. Rebecca’s training at The Ohio State University and Columbus Art School (now CCAD), along with her years as an interior designer and art teacher, helped her capture a photo of the Statehouse and turn that photograph into her painting.
Mary Pinter discovered her passion for art after moving to Ohio Living Park Vista over ten years ago and taking classes from some local teachers. A true nature lover, some of the flowers seen here were born in her imagination – she calls them her “flowers from Mars.” This piece is a watercolor done on rice paper, but Mary also works with acrylic, wood, alcohol inks and whatever she can find for a collage.
Ohio Living Mount Pleasant resident Mary Jo Riley uses her bachelor’s degree in art therapy and master’s degree in art education to influence her own artwork. Inspired by her love for animals, Mary Jo enjoys using found objects and pieces of other art to create something new and interesting. She works in all media, but especially watercolor, acrylic and collage.
Donah Shive has lived at Ohio Living Breckenridge Village for 12 years. A retired elementary teacher, she enjoys needlework, quilting, painting, and making greeting cards. In fact, greeting cards are what caused Donah to learn quilling, the technique used in this piece. “Fairy Princess” was created by quilling long, narrow strips of paper with a slotted needle, and reminds Donah of when her granddaughter was a little girl.
Sarah Baker hales from Oxford Ohio but has lived at Ohio Living Mount Pleasant for nine years. Sarah has always enjoyed working with her hands, and frequently uses beads, nature prints and wood in her artwork. “Midnight in the Garden” was created as a project for a quilt retreat on machine appliqués.
Ohio Living Breckenridge Village resident Judith Kessler Smith has been an art teacher, activities director, and professional fiber artist, teacher and designer. She has been producing art all her life, and also enjoys photography, drawing, and working with silver. This piece began as an experiment in making a five-pointed star with the log cabin technique, and it worked!
Ohio Living Cape May resident Donald Derrick wanted to make something he had never made before. A retired cabinet maker, Donald has been producing art for 66 years and has lived at Ohio Living Cape May for six of those years. This piece, made of curly maple and black walnut, can lay flat or function as a desk clock.
A retired travel planner, Drucella Smith, lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina before moving to Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber. While Drucella primarily works with watercolor, she also enjoys oil, acrylics, pen and ink, and zentangle. “The Gardener” was inspired by a neighbor who was always at work in her beautiful garden.
Lou McLove has lived at Ohio Living Swan Creek for four years but has been producing art since high school. Lou enjoys taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art to improve his craft. “Made in America” was inspired by a vintage Cadillac at a local car show. Lou also sketches and works in clay.
Ohio Living Llanfair resident Judy Doyle began taking art classes in 2002 and has attended several watercolor workshops. This painting was inspired by a photo taken by a friend vacationing in Greece. Judy created it by using watercolor with Ogura and Unyru paper added to give it texture.
Donna Premer has lived at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber for three years but has been producing art for over 40 years. “Dancing Bubbles” was created with acrylic paints. Donna also enjoys drawing, quilting, embroidery, writing, jewelry design, and pressing flowers.
Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber resident Jinnie Williard has no formal training in art but has been producing it for 65 years. Jinnie was inspired to capture this moment when she noticed how the sun was shining on autumn leaves coated with an early snow.