It’s time to shine

Seav­iew Manor artists will host art show on Thurs­day

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE CAPE BRE­TON POST smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Vi­ola Mor­ri­son said it’s a great feel­ing to have some­one pur­chase your art­work.

Mor­ri­son, 81, a res­i­dent of Seav­iew Manor in Glace Bay and a mem­ber of the manor’s art group, was paint­ing an owl Thurs­day, in prepa­ra­tion for the group’s up­com­ing art show.

“Last year a woman drove out to the art show from Syd­ney and bought an owl I painted,” Mor­ri­son said. “So I de­cided to do another one.”

Mor­ri­son en­joys be­ing part of the art group.

“I love do­ing wildlife but scenery is my favourite.”

The art show takes place in the Mun­roe Room at Seav­iew on Thurs­day from 1-4 p.m.

Artist and fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ce­cilia McIntosh said many of the artists will have pieces for sale.

“They are very proud of their work and would re­ally like the pub­lic to come and see it.”

The art group was formed af­ter McIntosh con­tacted Seav­iew Manor to vol­un­teer.

“I found out they didn’t have an art pro­gram so I started one.”

McIntosh meets with the se­niors once a week. The se­niors pick out pic­tures they’d like to paint and McIntosh draws the pic­ture on a can­vas, mixes the colours and helps them paint.

She said it might not be what some peo­ple con­sider real art but to the se­niors it is very real.

“To them they are paint­ing, be­ing cre­ative and are very proud of what they do,” she said.

“They are amazed at their ac­com­plish­ments some­times. It gives them a fin­ished piece of art­work framed that they can give to loved ones.”

She said the most pop­u­lar things they like to paint are flow­ers, birds and an­i­mals.

“They tell me they wish they had done some­thing like that when they were younger, they love it.”

Mar­garet Reid, 94, orig­i­nally of Dutch Brook, has been part of the art group for three years.

“All I ever painted be­fore I came to the manor is my cup­boards,” she said laugh­ing. “I en­joy it, it’s some­thing to do.”

She has painted ev­ery­thing from win­ter scenes to birds and trees but she is re­ally proud of a vase that was re­flected in wa­ter.

“My sis­ter-in-law asked if she could have it. It was beau­ti­ful, I’m go­ing to do another one.”

Reid said it’s a proud mo­ment when some­one pur­chases one of your pieces.

“It means some­one else be­sides your­self thinks you have done a good job.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

A few of the paint­ings by res­i­dents of the Seav­iew Manor art group that will be on dis­play at the manor’s art show on Thurs­day.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Vi­ola Mor­ri­son, 81, a res­i­dent of Seav­iew Manor, shows a paint­ing of an owl that will be on dis­play at the manor’s art show.

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