Colors come to life in seniors’ art work

Artists 55-plus continue ‘a learning experience’

By Kevin Spradlin

ROCKINGHAM — Scenes from country life, real or imagined, dominate the art exhibit on display inside the Thomas Leath Memorial Library foyer in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin |

Kevin Spradlin |

And that’s part of the point — that is, art is not limited by real-life experiences but only by the restrictions of one’s imagination.

The pastel, acrylic and watercolor works were completed by members of the Ellerbe and East Rockingham senior centers through art classes taught by John O. Moore will be on display at the library through August. In the display, Moore, a former art instructor at Anson Community College, talks about the artists’ progress “always will be a learning experience.”

“None of these artists has ever picked up a paint brush before these classes,” said the self-taught Moore. “However, with determination and love they have created what you see before you.”

Some might find that each of these artists are recent beginners. After all, there is some pretty talented work on display inside the glass case.

A gazebo. A church. A white picket fence laced with flowers. A beach. Watermelon. A barn or two, and a farmer working in a field. The exhibit includes work from Edith Poff, Davis Kelly, Donna Luther, Irene Jernigan, Carrol Deneen, Daphine Holder, Barbara Lefler, Carolyn Dick and Larry Dick.

Kevin Spradlin |

Kevin Spradlin |

To date, the classes have been free and will remain so with the support of the county commissioners, said Judy Tyndall, of the Ellerbe Senior Center, along with private donations of supplies from Walmart and other businesses.

Classes at the Ellerbe Senior Center, located at the Lions Club at 306 Millstone Road, are every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Classes at East Rockingham Senior Center, 135 6th St., are held each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Class participants must be age 55 or older.

For more information, call Tyndall in Ellerbe at 910-652-6006 or Donna Luther in East Rockingham at 910-997-8832.

Kevin Spradlin |

Kevin Spradlin |

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