By JEN CARDINES
Whether it’s knitting, writing, painting, drawing, or collaging, 95 year old Marjorie Low loves to keep her hands busy. The Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) center held an opening party for the local artist on Oct. 16 to kick off her display running until Nov. 14.
At 95, Low continues to actively paint and draw in her Southington home, never letting her age slow her down.
The artist was born in New York City to a family of artists and began her path to artistry at age 4. She has lived in Southington for 30 years. Over her long career, she has created multiple painting series, including clowns, children, animals, portraits, flowers, and the homeless.
She served as Vice President of Visual Arts on the Southington Arts Council for 25 years, along with the Milford Art League.
Low’s work has been in over 40 galleries around New England, and she has donated pieces to different community organizations, the Hospital for Special Care, and charity events. Her work has been on exhibit in the State Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion, and she was the recipient of the 2012 Artist of the Year award by the Meriden Fine Arts Council.
Low recalled her years of friendship with SoCCA executive director Mary DeCroce, and the Gura Building project. “Mary said to me, ‘You know Marge, the building is 91 years old and you are 95.’”
She said she didn’t know what to expect, but that the outcome was beautiful. “When I was asked to have my artwork on display there, I immediately said yes.”
The SoCCA exhibit is titled, “The Sky’s the Limit,” where many of her later works inspired by the Hubble space satellite book are featured.
“Isn’t is amazing?” Low said, flipping through the book. The colors and the depiction of light movement inspired her to create paintings similar to those in the book. The exhibit has dozens of paintings on display that date far back into her career.
“Marjorie is a mentor for me,” said DeCroce. “I admire everything that she’s done and everything she still does.”
Aside from painting, the artist was a writer and photojournalist years ago. She was a freelancer for The Observer and other publications, interviewing people in the arts and writing the stories. She is skilled in many art trades, and has almost a century to prove it.