You are invited to experience the diverse talents and imagination of local retired teachers, who hope, in turn, to inspire your artistic talents.
Retired Teachers of Ontario York Region Chapter 34 is presenting Use What Talents you Possess, an art exhibition at the Old Town Hall (460 Botsford St.) through March 23.
The theme of the show, organized by Elaine Adam and Ann Evans, was inspired by author Henry Van Dyke who once said, “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
The meaning of the famous quote, of course, is that we do not have to be perfect to take pleasure in our activities, Evans said.
“Art, in particular, is a journey with many of us wanting to improve our technique but also wanting to enjoy the experience along the way.”
More than 80 work are on display, including water colours, oils, acrylics, mixed media, photography, fabric quilting and pottery, many complemented by quotes or significant personal experiences that influenced the piece.
“We hope that when people view the works, they will feel inspired to start something they have wanted to do and realize it may not be perfect in the beginning but they can improve their skills,” said Evans.
Retired Teachers of Ontario is a provincewide non-profit organization that provides health benefits and insurance, runs social events, advocates for issues relating to seniors, liaises with other retiree organizations, and deals with geriatric health care and social isolation.
You can view the Use What Talents you Possess exhibit in the Old Town Hall’s Serpa Gallery Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please note the gallery is closed Wednesday, March 20.
Admission is free.