Queens Manor resident continues to inspire
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.