By Tina Taylor
Everyone has some kind of talent. Sometimes you may be a senior before you really have time to realize what your talent is and develop it. A lot of great artists didn’t get started until later in life. If you have always enjoyed drawing, or you have been an artist your whole life and would like to learn more drawing techniques, get signed up for the next drawing class to be held at Fair Park Senior Center.
Art instructor Marc Burnett, of Alcola, is the lead student affairs administrator and is on the university art committee at Tennessee Technological University, just two of the many hats he wears at the school. Besides being active in many social organizations, he is also the pastor at the Gainsboro First Baptist Church.
Burnett didn’t realize how much he enjoyed art until later in his life. Now, it is his favorite past time. He uses it in expressing himself and in sharing his life stories of growing up, painting his childhood memories of the folks in his neighborhood, from the church members to the old men who used to shoot pool, using his own unique style. He also enjoys painting old barns and buildings.
His work has been on displayed in many shows in places like Nashville’s Bellevue Center, Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, the Renaissance Center in Dickson and the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville. You might of seen him recently featured on the TV show "Tennessee Crossroads."
It is just a joy and a great opportunity to meet and learn from an artist like Burnett. He is looking forward to teaching these two drawing sessions with the seniors at the senior center. They will be on Mondays, June 24 and July 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. You will need to get signed up soon. A special thanks goes out to Bilbrey Funeral Home, who sponsors the arts at the senior center.
There are three bridge groups each week at the center, and there is now several opens where you can play, too. The group, which meets on Mondays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., has a few openings for regulars and subs who already know how to play bridge. If you would like to learn, or re-learn duplicate bridge, the Friday group meets at noon and have some openings.
The other card games at the center are Pinochle, Hand and Foot, Cribbage and Euchre. Come and make new friends while you have fun.
Fair Park is there for all the seniors in Cumberland County and is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night, and is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as on-line versions of the center’s monthly newsletter, “Newsline.” Call them at 484-7416.