Eastside women painters in their 90s are young at art
By SAMANTHA PAK
Redmond Reporter Reporter
September 20, 2012 · 3:52 PM
While many people tend to slow down as they get older, three Eastside women are proving that old age doesn’t mean you have to stop.
Lucille Berkowitz, Doris McFarland and Jessie Irene Fernandes, who are 91, 90 and 91, respectively, are three local artists whose paintings are currently being shown at the Redmond Senior Center (RSC), located at 8703 160th Ave. N.E.
Fernandes, who lives in Bellevue, said by showing their work in the senior center, they hope to show other seniors how much they can still enjoy life and do activities they enjoy even as they get older.
“It gives them hope,” she said.
Ken Wong, teen and 50+ programs administrator for the City of Redmond, said the artwork they showcase at the senior center is usually by artists who are 50 or older, but this is the first time they have featured artists who are 90 and older.
Each woman has about half a dozen pieces on display at the senior center. Fernandes’ pieces are all watercolors; Berkowitz’s pieces are all acrylics and McFarland’s pieces are a combination of the two mediums.
All three women said they have been painting since they were young and have worked with a variety of materials.
“I was born with a paintbrush in my mouth, no silver spoon, just a paintbrush,” said McFarland, who lives in Trilogy on Redmond Ridge.
Berkowitz, who said she took her first painting lesson at 13, still attends classes and paints on a daily basis.
The RSC will feature Berkowitz’s, McFarland’s and Fernandes’ paintings through Jan. 7, 2013.
Contact Redmond Reporter Reporter Samantha Pak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-867-0353, ext. 5052.