By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
Richmond senior citizens had “An Afternoon Filled with Art” Wednesday at McCready Manor, part of the St. Andrews retirement community off Tates Creek Avenue. The free event was open to all senior citizens.
McCready activities director Kelly Benton said she had not planned such an event in five years, but “we think art is so important, we wanted to celebrate.”
Paintings by Neil DiTeresa, a former Berea College professor, were displayed along with a sign that read: “Contrary to popular belief, the artist will speak to you and will respond to your questions and comments!”
Eventually, DiTeresa taped the sign to his paint-splattered apron and wore it while mingling with guests. During previous painting demonstrations, he said, people always avoid talking to him or whisper while he’s working.
“They don’t realize that I can paint and talk at the same time,” he said.
Wednesday evening, DiTeresa gave a presentation called “My Life in Art.”
Upstairs at McCready Manor, Jonathan Clark of Artfully Yours in Richmond conducted an acrylic painting class in which several residents learned to paint a panda bear on a blue background.
Meanwhile, local artist Pat Banks sketched and painted watercolor portraits of guests. For their comfort, Banks snapped a photo of the subject with her tablet, and used it as a reference so seniors would not have to sit still the whole time, she said.
Next to Banks, photographers Warren and Pat Brunner, of Brunner Studio in Berea, displayed their Appalachian photography through the years on a projection screen. Their daughter, Kara Beth Brunner, was available to scan guests’ old or printed photos and transfer them to a computer disc.
Artist Alfredo Escobar was available later in the afternoon to sketch caricatures of guests. Escobar’s wife, Jennifer Rose, and two daughters Lydia, 12, and Isabel, 10, entertained the crowd throughout the day with vocal harmonies as they strummed on dulcimers.
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