Local artist donates paintings to Glenwood Springs senior living center
For Glenwood Springs and the lower Roaring Fork Valley art is abundant, from small paintings on display at local businesses to large murals decorating downtown buildings.
Local artist Joan Anderson moved to the valley in 1954 with her husband Phil, raising their four children while they owned and operated Anderson Clothing Store in downtown Glenwood Springs.
“I just loved to draw, and once the children were out of the nest I had more time to pursue it,” Anderson said.
Her passion for art blossomed as she took painting lessons in oil and water color.
“It was a lot of trial and error, just a wonderful therapy to relax and enjoy,” she added.
For over two decades Joan Anderson painted scenes from Colorado and from her home state of Nebraska.
“I love the mountain area, having never seen mountains until we moved to Colorado,” Anderson said.
A few years back, Anderson washed her brushes and cleaned off her color palette for the last time.
Now 90 years old and enjoying retirement with her husband, many paintings can only be seen hanging on her basement walls.
“They were hanging downstairs with all my other art, just looking at me, tormenting me, saying, ‘do something with me,’” Anderson said with a sigh.
Anderson decided she was going to part with her treasured artwork by donating them to her church — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church — for their annual Harvest Festival fundraiser.
Her good friend JoAnne Anderson (no relation) said she had an idea.
“I told her if they don’t all sell, I have a plan on what you can do with those beautiful paintings,” JoAnne said.
JoAnne had recently taken a tour of Peregrine Senior Living and noticed it might be a great place to display local art.
“It’s always good to have a close friend like JoAnne Anderson, and she suggested I donate art to this lovely retirement center,” Joan Anderson said.
Both Joan and JoAnne met with Peregrine Executive Director Chris Autrey, who thought it would be a great idea to have the artwork hanging in the community along the banks of the Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs.
“It’s huge for us, having someone that has lived in the valley for so long to think of us. It is an honor for us,” Autrey said.
Joan chose three pieces, two oil paintings and one water color, that she painted in 1986.
Both oils will be on display in the foyer of the Peregrine, one titled “Misty Morning” depicting a Colorado mountain scene with a stream running through it. It is displayed behind the reception desk.
The other, titled “The Homestead,” is painted from memory of the farm country Anderson grew up on in Nebraska, and is waiting to be hung after the holidays.
Both large paintings are wrapped with ornate frames that she inherited from local artist Jack Roberts.
“It’s nice to have the community come in and see art like Joan’s displayed,” Autrey said.
Though retired from painting now, there is still a little spark in her eye as she looks upon her artwork hanging on the walls at the senior living community.
With a smile, Joan added, “Now I just enjoy art.”
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