CMC painting students brighten up Crossroads |

CMC painting students brighten up Crossroads

Jennifer Firmin
Special to the Post Independent

Rifle ” It’s a command performance now. CMC-Rifle’s “One-Stroke Painting” class and their work have become a regular delight to the senior residents living at Crossroads Assisted Living.

Whether it is snowmen in the winter or flowers in the spring, the CMC students love to come paint the windows inside the senior’s hallways. It’s hard to say who enjoys the painting more, the residents who love looking at the colors and brushstrokes or the students who put them there. On March 10 the students returned to Crossroads to add their special touches.

“We feel so privileged to be able to come in here and paint for these residents. This is really a special place with special people.” Says teacher Linda Kerr. “Even my past students ask if they can still come and paint these windows. It’s so much fun.”

The halls are quiet, but they’re full of anticipation. As the painters paint, the residents quietly walk from one window to the next watching the display of springtime color unfold. Some residents have retired to their rooms already and are welcomed in the morning by a new and cheerful sight at every window.

“They are still a-buzz,” says Crossroad’s Executive Director Cindy George. “The windows were painted on Wednesday, and now it’s Friday, and they still walk the loop before heading to their rooms, just to see the springtime colors.”

One-stroke painting is a form of toll painting traditionally done on woodwork and furniture. It’s a method of combining your colors on the brush and creating the shape in a single brush stroke. The result is a smooth flow of paint, the colors blending just enough, but not mixing completely.

On the windows of Crossroads Assisted Living’s hallway, it’s an uplifting reminder of what is about to start outside in the gardens. Linda Kerr smiles as she paints, “What a joy it is.”

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