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Osher Offers Perspectives on Life Art


The Osher art show is back.

On hiatus since 2011, the art show features the works of members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the academic program for retired and semi-retired adults at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

“It is valuable because it gives members the opportunity to share something personal and creative with their friends and fellow members,” said Mary Kay Shartle Galotto, director of Osher at JHU. “It is a chance to let people see another aspect of one’s personality, and deepen and enrich relationships.”

Approximately 25 works, from 17 different Osher members, are on display in the show, titled “Osher: Perspectives on Life Art.” Osher previously had arts shows on campus in 2010 and 2011. They were the outgrowth of an effort between VisArts in Rockville and the JHU campus. The current exhibit is up through May 12 in the A/R Building Café.

Osher member Buddy Miller said he has been a contributor to the Osher art show from the beginning. He had no specific art training but says he developed art skills as a dentist.

“Beside crowns and restorations, for enjoyment I would wax and cast rings for my family,” said Miller, 77.

When he retired 12 years ago, he received a birthday gift certificate to Glen Echo Park from his daughters. He wanted to see if he had an interest in art.

“I took classes in different media, but I evolved with the greatest satisfaction doing clay sculpture,” Miller said. “My sculpting pieces range from realistic to funky.”

Miller met Ira Cebulash in his sculpting class.  Cebulash, who always enjoyed drawing and painting, had decided to try sculpting as perhaps a new hobby. He was hooked. And, Miller told Cebulash about Osher, and Cebulash signed up.

Cebulash is displaying a piece he sculpted that shows ballet dancers in an intricate formation.

Art shows – and events such as the reception on May 12 – are a way to bring people together beyond the classroom, they said.

“Look for more and more avenues to expand your life and bring more dimension to it and expand your horizons,” Cebulash said. “Osher is a great place to practice these things.”

Added Galotto: “Having the experience of seeing the work people have done is like a journey back through very personal moments, sometimes beginning 60 or 70 years ago. I find the show and the pieces not only significant for the members, but very moving for all.”

CATEGORY: Academics, The Arts, In The Community