Exhibit highlights senior artists

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Tammy Kranz
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Picasso, Monet and other masterful artists will be on display — well, at least the artwork impersonating them by students at the Thornton Senior Center — at the Oz Gallery through December.

The Thornton Senior Center painting classes and the Thornton Wood Chippers wood workers will showcase their work at the gallery, which is inside the Thornton Arts and Cultural Center, 9209 Dorothy Blvd. Gallery hours are 1:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A reception will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at which time the artists and wood carvers will demonstrate their skills.

“Often people have a lifelong interest in painting and other areas of art but because of careers and family obligations that are not able to pursue them until they retire,” said Linda Lowe, arts and volunteer coordinator with the city. “We wanted to showcase the wonderful art work that is being made at the Thornton Senior Center to both raise awareness and to encourage others to become involved.”

Michelle Porreco is taking a class taught by Emilie Parker and is exhibiting a few of their pieces.

“In Emilie’s class, we learn from the masters but added our own personalities and have that shine through,” said Porreco.

“The Thornton Senior Center has a variety of crafts and skills that one can develop, it’s so much fun,” she said.

Parker is also showcasing her own work during the exhibit, which she said is a good opportunity to allow others to experience the art.

“Art is getting things out in the open, yet people do art and take it home,” she said. “(Exhibits) are a way to get it seen and get feedback.”

The Senior Center offers adult art classes and weekly wood chippers meetings for wood carvers. The exhibits in the city are ongoing, Lowe said. The Oz Gallery usually hosts large (40-plus pieces) exhibits that changes every couple months.

“We also have a gallery in the Business Development hallway at City Hall that features smaller (20-30 piece) exhibits on a rotating basis,” she said.