PERU Anyone desiring to see a variety of art forms, or to see how their former teacher is spending part of her retirement hours, has only to attend the Peru Free Librarys Peru Central School Retired Teachers Art Exhibition from Sept. 6 -19. Ten retired teachers have their quilts, photos, watercolors, oil paintings and pottery on display. The teachers express the view that they enjoyed their years teaching at Peru Central School and the time they spend in retirement continues to be well served and enjoyed.
Diane Haight was a high school guidance counselor and retired about four years ago. Soon after retiring she started quilting and now shes displaying a quilt for the first time.
She says, I do it when I have time. I do it in spurts. I enjoy the creativity.
Haight also has 4 photos on display highlighting her interest in hiking and camping. Jackie Sabourin taught elementary and high school art during her teaching career and retired 9 years ago. Shes very well known locally both for her pottery skills and for her work with the Council on the Arts. Jackie has 6 works on display at the library. She said that shes been interested in pottery for many years and works at it almost every day.
Im doing a lot with organic themes using nature from the Adirondacks, Sabourin said.
Sharon Ratner taught 3rd grade and retired 3 years ago. She has a colorful and interesting photo called Fruitful on display, as well as three watercolor paintings. Ratner appreciates the support she receives from her fellow teachers. She also says, Ive met some new people through it. Every month theres a get-together with people in Plattsburgh for a monthly art session. Dee Suddarth chose a beautiful photo of a heron at AuSable Point to display. The retired physical education teacher said, I always taken a lot of pictures, but started learning more about photography after I retired. Now I carry my camera almost everywhere I go. Suddarth is a member of the Council on the Arts and enters photos in its spring and fall shows.
Other retired teachers with works on display include Judith Corigliano, Carol Gallagher, Lona Helmici, Lynn Crear Valenti, Gertrude Adams and Gail Kemp. Many of the works are for sale. The Peru Free Library hours are: Tues. Thurs. 10 a.m. 7 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m. 4 p.m.; and Sat. 10 a.m. 3 p.m.