Sweetwater Resident and well known artist Marilyn Hughes Pinkerton stands next to her display of paintings.
Sadye Arnold’s black and white oil painting.
Lace wedding dress made in 1951 by Sweetwater resident Bethel Kienitz for her wedding.
When the call went out for residents to participate in a Sweetwater art and craft show on July 27, more than 20 people responded with an amazing array of beautiful things they had created.
Oil paintings, watercolors, wood carvings, hand crafted jewelry, ceramics and several kinds of textiles from afghans to embroidery to quilts filled the Plum Room for residents and guests to enjoy.
Among the works exhibited was an impressive collection of gold and silver rings set with a variety of gemstones created by John Hafla, who spent many years perfecting his craft when he lived in Miles City, MT.
A unique item on display was the beautiful lace wedding dress Bethel Kienitz made for her wedding in 1951.
Among those displaying their oil paintings and water colors were Marilyn Hughes Pinkerton and Eddie Schiltz, both well known artists and art teachers. Bill Arnold offered his western landscapes in oil and an oil painting by his wife Sadye who was a member of the Sweetwater community until her death last year. Virginia Evangeline’s water colors and Jennie Jamieson’s sketches of birds were also admired by viewers.
The display of quilts and afghans included a patchwork quilt made by a group at Sweetwater who worked together for weeks to get it completed. The quilt will be raffled off at the Hoedown in the fall with proceeds going to purchase supplies for another quilt. Many other fascinating and delightful items were on display at this show, including a card table inlaid with a checkerboard and other unique wood carvings, all done by Charles Schweiger.
This show of works by Sweetwater residents demonstrated the importance of the creative arts in our lives and the pleasure we have in sharing them with others.
by Betty Jean Long
Life Enrichment Coordinator
To find out more about the senior living experience at Sweetwater, please contact Sweetwater Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!