BOUNTIFUL – About a dozen senior citizens are finding what to some was a hidden talent Р the ability to create watercolor paintings.
“I was able to see history of the generations,” said Shirley Biesinger.
She was speaking of one of her paintings on display at the Golden Years Senior Activity Center. It depicts architecture in the small villages of the Umbria region of Umbria, which she visited first-hand.
“I went to an art school and they told me I could go wherever I wanted” and paint, Biesinger said.
“It’s such a nice group,” she said of the class. “Everybody is very warm. People enjoy each other’s company.”
Beth Arbuckle Ashdown is the class instructor. Like others who teach at the county’s senior activity centers, she volunteers her time.
“Beth loves watercolor. She understands it, is a genuine artist, a master at it,” Biesinger said.
“Beth is so inspirational, and she always brings up new things,” said Stephanie Carter-Nielsen.
Students agreed that the class value extends far beyond art. It serves as a social outlet, a positive place to gather and share ideas and experiences.
“It’s our therapy, and we enjoy the camaraderie,” Arbuckle Ashdown said.
Outstanding samples of students’ work are being displayed in the Hayward Room at least through month’s end at the center, 726 S. 100 East, Bountiful.
“There are a lot of people over the age of 60 who have found new hobbies,” said Karen Henderson, center director.
“Some people have found they can really do this,” speaking of watercolor and added, “Their teacher brings out the best.”
All three senior activity centers offer a wide range of classes, ranging from lapidary to jewelry making to line dancing and much more.
In addition to Golden Years, Autumn Glow is in Kaysville and North Davis is in Clearfvield.