This November, our gallery will exhibit work by the students of A. Violet Berry in their Wednesday morning oil painting workshops. The students featured in this exhibit are Susan Lee Traft, Gail Burgess, Leanne Berry, Rita Bento, Sue Mrosk, Maralyn “Gig” Paris, Ruth Littman, Diane Wilson, Gladys McGarry, Bill Mello, Armando Enriquez and Richard Stevens.
Their exhibit includes a variety of animals, landscapes, and portraits. All of the students are senior citizens, most are from Kingston. Some have painted before, but for many this class has been their introduction to painting.
For the past 14 years, Mrs. Berry, for many years an art teacher in the Kingston School System, has been teaching oil painting through the Council on Aging. Former Council on Aging Director Muriel Boyce made the original suggestion to Mrs. Berry and her husband Patrick and worked with them to plan and promote the class to seniors. The class has proven to be very popular, most of the students from the first class have continued on through several years. The classes are held in spring and fall at the Senior Center on Wednesday mornings.