Art brightens wall, spirits at Marion Senior Center

Mar 8, 2022

MARION _ At 96, working on her collage art still inspires Mary Ross.

“I can’t stop,’’ she said. “I get the idea in my head, I’m going to sit down and make a mermaid. That’s what I enjoy.’’

Of course, she said with a laugh, other activities might be more practical _ “I could be doing housework’’ _ but they don’t bring her the same sense of satisfaction.

She does more than create art. She also makes sure that the works of other artists go on display each month at the Marion Senior Center for visitors to enjoy _ and, in some cases, purchase.

A reception took place Thursday, March 3 to celebrate the March exhibit, which is showcasing works created by Canalside Artists, a group of artists in and around Bourne.

Much of the work has a nature theme, including kittens, cows, sea gulls, cottage gardens and lighthouses, among others. 

The shows give artists the chance to exhibit their work with no pressure. The show is not juried, she said, so “if you’re a Sunday artist, you’re welcome. I don’t know any artist that doesn’t like to show their work. They’re not going to show their work if they’re not proud of it.’’

For senior center director Karen Gregory, art of the walls provides yet another draw for visitors. If people are early for events, they can peruse the works. “It’s nice to have such talented seniors,’’ she said.

Jane Egan created an oil painting that depicts a cow and a smiling donkey. “I love animals,’’ she said.

She also loves something else: Creating artwork. “It’s my happy time,’’ she said with a smile.