Providence Marianwood celebrates 445 years of artistic experience
May 20, 2014
Providence Marianwood has a new show hanging in its gallery. “Ageless” features five local artists ranging in age from 87 to 92. Between them, the artists have 445 years of creative living.
The artists are all women. Their media include collage and oils, and their subjects include animals, nature and whimsy.
The oldest is Mary Tanji, 92. She came to love art late in life and began painting only five years ago.
“I love the freedom of creating or representing an object,” she said.
Tanji is showing three pieces, which include a watercolor, “Prosperity,” that debuts her natural talent at Japanese Brush Artwork.
The youngest artist is 87-year-old Elsie Johnson, who signs her paintings “Elsye”, her artistic name. She is showing two large oil paintings and several smaller pieces, which showcase her love of flowers.
Johnson remembers painting from about 10 years of age and says now it is the most enjoyment she has.
“I love coming to my quiet room, turning the music on and painting,” she added.
The average age of these artists is 90. They are all Providence Marianwood residents.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The paintings will be on display through the end of the month.
Providence Marianwood is at 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E.