Queens Manor res­i­dent con­tin­ues to in­spire

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work, Deb­bie had an idea: She wanted to get a photo of Tess and Eve­lyn to­gether with their paint­ings.

“I felt com­pelled to go get the photo,” said Spona­gle Tay­lor.

Zwicker has been one of Spona­gle Tay­lor’s stu­dents for the past four years, a shy, sweet young lady with a pas­sion for her art.

“She’s so in­tense about it. She’s so fo­cused, and re­ally lis­tens to every­thing I say,” said Spona­gle Tay­lor.

Suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s, Tess doesn’t paint any more and has grown quite frail. But, says Spona­gle Tay­lor, she’s still very cre­ative and still pro­duc­ing art as she works on craft projects at the Manor.

“She’ll talk and she’ll agree with things, but you can tell she doesn’t re­ally un­der­stand,” said Spona­gle Tay­lor. “But she lit up when she saw her paint­ing, and when she saw Eve­lyn’s. It was just a goose bump mo­ment, and I feel so ful­filled for hav­ing done this.”

Tess and Eve­lyn met on Au­gust 31 at Queens Manor to pose with their art and Deb­bie for a photo: The teacher, the re­tired painter, and the aspiring artist. The photo rep­re­sents three gen­er­a­tions of women ig­nited by their pas­sion for paint­ing and art.

“I used to have this say­ing, that you can see the love in art. And you can. You can re­ally feel it and see it, when an artist is pas­sion­ate about their work,” said Spona­gle Tay­lor.

Even as her mem­o­ries es­cape her Tess is cre­at­ing a legacy in young artists like Eve­lyn, who will con­tinue to find in­spi­ra­tion in her work. And who knows? Maybe there will be paint­ings that were in­spired by Tess’s work when Spona­gle Tay­lor’s stu­dents put on their sec­ond pro­fes­sion­ally hung art show this De­cem­ber at the Town Hall Cul­tural Cen­tre.

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