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MARY ELWORTHY retired from a 40 year teaching career in 2007 and started painting watercolor in 2009, after taking a workshop from Drawn to the Word artist Paul Oman. Mary continues to take workshops offered both around the state and abroad. She paints in her studio, at the monthly Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artist meeting at Beaver Creek, at Karlyn Holman U of K workshops, Plein Air with Jean Accola, and whenever the opportunity arises. Her work is displayed periodically at Beaver Creek, the Heyde in Chippewa, the Eau Claire County Courthouse, The Altoona Library, The Chippewa Valley Airport, at the Pablo, at the Eau Claire Library, at the Vino Cappuccino Bistro, on the VAA website, and at her home.
Mary paints watercolor, does needle art (knitting and needlepoint); reads (especially Scandinavian Crime Fiction); travels; sings; acts with the Wayward Players; plays piano; and performs with the MJ Consort recorder group.
Mary began teaching in 1967 and continued until 2007. During that time Mary taught choral and general music, English, private piano lessons and directed children and youth choirs. Mary and husband Ed have lived in Eau Claire, since 1968. Together they enjoy spending time with three adult children and their families, including 6 grandchildren.
Mary works to paint what she sees. Her subjects are varied and include travel scenes and family activities-especially of grandchildren.
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