Define the perfect person to design and present an art curriculum for children and you are describing Mary Walker-Baptiste. A lover of children, a dynamic experienced teacher, a creative, experimental and inspiring innovator and a nurturer of talent --that's our February Featured Artist!
Mary's parents were artists who surrounded their children with art and artwork. Her brother became an Imagineer for Disney, her sister is a musician and artist, and Mary became an elementary teacher whose classroom always reflected her Art minor, part of her degree from Saint Mary University, Kansas.
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The paintings in Mary's show reflect her exploration of many mediums with a never-ending inquisitiveness into innovative presentations of her art, ranging from collage and Zentangles to watercolor interpretations of photographs from their extensive travels. Her numerous awards include ribbons from Pine Shores, Bergen County and a 2nd place in the Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit in 2015. Her works are in private collections in 25 states and abroad.
Mary joined Pine Shores about ten years ago and has made invaluable contributions while a member of the Executive Board. She is currently in charge of the Children's Art program at Pine Shores, which offers four program sessions each year. One of Mary's greatest pleasures is in watching her students grow and develop, both as artists and as individuals.
In addition to the Children's Program, Mary adapted an idea for a fundraiser to PSAA needs, and chairs the highly successful and constantly evolving Art Patron Show. She credits her talented poet husband Lou, a Trustee At Large on the Board, with much of the success of both programs.
Photos by Paul Hartelius
Note: During the month of March, Pine Shores Art Association presented a Memorial Show for Connie Purves as Artist of the Month.
The reception for this show (photos below) was on Saturday, March 11th
All photos by Paul Hartelius
The passing away of Connie Purves has left a hole in the heart of Pine Shores. For 15 years, Connie was an avid volunteer and constant participant in every aspect of our organization. As a leader, she served as President, Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. As a committee member she was always ready to participate on special committees in addition to the Gallery and Sunshine standing committees. As a teacher, she headed the Children's program for several years. And as a talented and innovative artist, she explored all mediums and won many awards.
Connie held a BA from Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey). Her professional career was spent in local schools as a music teacher and, later, in her own piano studio. She was a serious horsewoman and stabled her animal on the property where she and husband Charlie lived since 1970. Both were West Creek “ locals.”
The Memorial show will feature about 45 paintings highlighting her love of local landscapes, historic buildings and plein air settings. Always innovative and ready to accept new challenges, she received her art education in every medium from our instructors and Stan Sperlock. Family members are portrayed in pencil drawings. Among her numerous ribbons are two First Place awards in our Student shows, a Judges Choice in a Spring show and a First Place award in the Ocean County Senior show.
Connie's material legacy to Pine Shores is the donation of all of her art supplies, many of them new, which will be used in the Children's and Teens' classes and for beginning Pastel students. Her spiritual legacy is the example of warm friendship, the remembrance of calm, cool leadership and a smiling and willing presence in classes, committees and especially Do Your Own Thing.
We miss you. Connie.
About 45 family members and friends stopped by the Memorial Reception for Connie Purves on March 11th. Good food, wonderful artwork and loving memories were shared in a very moving tribute to one of Pine Shores' dearest.
To see PSAA's gallery of our students' art, click here...
MARCH 15, 2017
A few photos of what goes on at Pine Shores Outreach Program (POP) Command Post (was really a training session for April & May art programs for volunteers at area nursing homes)! Training was led by Jill DeFelice and Charleen Leslie.