MARSHFIELD – It was one of the best days Rich Cal said he had in a long time.
After spending much of the past year in hospital and rehab, Cal soon arrived at the Marshfield Senior Center, where one of his paintings by Fred Dolan’s art group was included in the annual “Art in Bloom” exhibition.
Cal, in a wheelchair, couldn’t wait to see how his oil painting of a lighthouse and seagulls, seen from afar across the water, was played by a member of the Seaside Gardeners, a Marshfield Gardens club. .
Duxbury gardener Deb Lehman chose Cal’s painting to play with flowers, “because I happen to love the complementary colors of orange and blue he used. It also reminded me of Bug Light, and it’s an ending scene. summer”.
“I feel blessed,” Cal said when he saw how Lehman had used blue bachelor buttons, yellow dahlias, and orange canna lilies with natural herbs to reflect colors and shapes in his painting.
“He did a great job. It matches perfectly. After being in the hospital for so long, I was finally able to come back to class here with my friends. And now seeing it, it really helps.”
Cal, who has been painting at the center for 12 years, is a volunteer at Marshfield Fair, where he will hold an artist’s table in the farm building on Friday, August 19.
The senior centre’s annual Art in Bloom exhibition, held last Tuesday and Wednesday, is a popular summer event. It is modeled after the Boston Museum of Fine Arts annual event, which held its 46th Art in Bloom in April. The Plymouth Center for the Arts, local libraries, other art groups and museums have also picked up on the idea in recent years with their “art in bloom” and “books in bloom” events.
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This year, 34 paintings from various art programs were featured at the Marshfield Senior Center.
The gardeners chose which works of art they wanted to interpret. They used flowers and plants from their gardens and natural environments to reflect the colors, shapes, textures and themes they saw in the artwork.
The event is also appreciated for the creative connections it creates between artists and gardeners, as Beth Cook, of Marshfield, discovered.
Cook chose to interpret a John Murray painting of half a dozen artists’ brushes in a vase.
“I really like the painting and thought of things that looked a bit like paintbrushes but weren’t exact,” he said.
“This is a monarda, a bee balm. And these herbs are in bloom right now – I have them in my garden.” She bought some protea to bring out the burgundy color of the brush stems.
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His goal: to create something “nice and similar, but not a replica of the painting. It came together once I started playing with it.”
The most rewarding part was “putting the flowers together into a coherent theme. It’s fun to look at the pictures and think about how I could do it (with flowers) a little differently.”
Murray was so pleased with what Cook did, he gave her the painting.
Sometimes, both gardeners and artists will stand near their entrances and listen to comments from people passing by. “It’s very satisfying to me, especially when I hear other people comment that they see it as I do,” Cook said.
Participation in the exhibition motivates both artists and an occasional gardener to keep painting. “I’ve always wanted to try painting, and now I think I could,” Cook said.
Sheila Connors, former president of Seaside Gardeners, started the event in 2008 with retired volunteer art teacher Marcia Ballou.
This year’s exhibition included a tribute to the Ukrainian people, with several sunflower paintings, “In support of Ukrainian sunflowers”. Gardener Jean Leahy brought this year’s generous sunflowers from her backyard “to honor the Ukrainian people”.
Carol Hamilton, director of the senior center, said she and her staff work hard to encourage new businesses.
The senior center has many choices for arts education and scholarship: a Tuesday art studio led by Joan Herman, a Friday watercolor class with Gail Loik and Betty Rogers, Fred’s imagination in painting Dolan on Tuesdays and free, easy painting on Fridays and learn to draw with Tess Webber on Thursday. This fall, Jeanne Broulette will also offer Basic Watercolors for beginners.
For more information, call 781-834-5581, go to the center at 230 Webster St., or visit the senior center website.
Contact Sue Scheible at [email protected]
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