HJ/EDJuly 10, 2006

Seniors still enjoy painting

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Three ladies at Dassel Lakeside Apartments enjoy spending their time painting.

Harriet Berg, Margaret Isaacson, and Corinne Rech have been painting for years with either oils, acrylics or watercolors.

Berg, 86, began painting when her high school art teacher insisted she try painting. Before she knew it, she discovered a talent she never thought she had.

Her favorite is an oil painting she did of her mother as a child. She used the original photograph of her mother at the age of 4 for the replica.

Years ago, Bob Wilde of Wilde Studio in Dassel asked to see her paintings.

“I’d be honored,” she told him.

Berg enjoys painting, but can no longer keep her hand steady enough since she had a stroke, she continues to do pencil drawings.

Isaacson, 91 “and a half,” began painting with oils and then moved to acrylics. Now, she uses watercolors because they aren’t as “messy,” she said.

In the 1960s, a lady in Isaacson’s neighborhood got a several of the neighborhood ladies together to paint. She has been doing it ever since.

According to Isaacson, “art is in you,” and she tries to paint a masterpiece, and when she doesn’t, she feels bad, she said.

Even Isaacson’s daughters enjoy painting. She remembers her and her five daughters painting at the dining room table together.

Her youngest daughter graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in studio art. She is currently working at the Minneapolis Institute for Art teaching art adventure for children.

Not only does Isaacson enjoy art as a hobby, she also enjoys art history. Her favorite painter is Rembrandt.

Rech, 76, was “hooked” on painting after her friends asked her to take a painting class with them 15 years ago.

“I paint every spare minute,” she said.

“It takes a lot of practice to get it the way you want it, but when you enjoy it so much, you don’t mind sitting eight hours to get it right,” Rech said.

She has done paintings for people such as one woman’s frying pan that had been her mother’s, or metal saws that Rech would paint with their farms on it.

She enjoys painting so much because it allows her to create something from nothing, Rech said.

Recently, she just finished a painting of a sailboat that she began in December.

She even entered paintings into the Meeker County Fair in which she received the prize of reserve champion.

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