The joy of painting is ageless

Originally published in The Commons issue #184 (Wednesday, January 2, 2013).


What you hear first is the laughter.

When you peek in the door, there are 10 or so heads bent over a long table as if people are participating in some ancient ritual. Actually, that might be one definition of painting. For that is what you are seeing if you are on the second floor of the Brattleboro Senior Center on a Tuesday or a Thursday morning.

I was lucky enough to find the room several years ago. What did I know about painting? If anyone had asked me, I would have quoted that old cliché, “I can’t even draw a straight line.”

But I was enticed there by Marilyn Allen. She is the teacher from the River Gallery School Outreach Program for seniors.

Marilyn would have none

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