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What was once the piano room at Newtown Senior Center is now transformed into a grand art gallery to showcase Shirley Kopnicky’s “One Woman Show,” an exhibition of original art by the Nunnawauk Meadows resident.
As part of the senior center’s “Senior Highlights” program, Ms Kopnicky’s artwork went up on September 1.
She hosted a gallery reception with light refreshments for friends and family on Tuesday, September 12, at 1 pm, and told stories about each picture on display, explaining her creative process and inspirations.
The nearly 40-piece exhibit featured her recent paintings in acrylics and some examples of her painted rock creations.
Despite no formal training, Ms Kopnicky has pursued her art in a variety of mediums, everything from pottery to knitting to making refrigerator magnets.
She is a member of the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN), as well as an active member of Newtown Senior Center, taking many of its art classes.
Prior to the start of the gallery reception, Newtown Senior Center Director Marilyn Place explained that Ms Kopnicky has been visiting the senior center for over 17 years.
“It was on her bucket list to have a one-woman show,” Ms Place said. “And this is what the senior center is all about.”
Ms Place was thrilled, she said, for the reception’s great turn out. The afternoon event resulted in a packed parking lot, and she said it is all a tribute to Ms Kopnicky’s work.
Ms Kopnicky shared her personal biography, that she read aloud to the group, and why she continues to create her art.
She stated, “I am happiest when I am busy doing the things I like, and if I can make someone smile or laugh, I have had a truly successful day.”
The public is invited to view Shirley Kopnicky’s “One Woman Show” exhibit at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, until the second week in October. The center is open weekdays between 8 am and 4:30 pm.