Shirley Fernekes’ “Golden Days” painting, featured in the September spread of the Expressions 2022 calendar.

Shirley Fernekes, a resident at The Fountains at Millbrook, Millbrook, NY, has received artistic recognition along with several other residents of sister senior living communities.

Selected from hundreds of artists nationwide, Fernekes was one of the Watermark Retirement Communities residents featured in Expressions 2022, a full-color calendar showcasing residents’ creativity and imagination. The artists are based in several of the company’s 58 communities across 21 states. 

“I didn’t even know I had been entered,” Fernekes said. “What an honor! I love to paint. It’s relaxing and allows me to concentrate on what I’m creating.”

Fernekes painted an autumn scene titled “Golden Days,” portraying two generations’ fondness of a crisp fall day and prancing in the colorful fallen leaves. She and her late husband used to enjoy taking fall walks, much like the scene painted.

A self-taught artist, Fernekes used to teach art classes in Connecticut before moving to The Fountains at Millbrook three years ago. She carried that passion for art with her into her new home, painting at Silvermine Arts Center as well as in the community’s studio. 

“We have a beautiful studio here at The Fountains, and I enjoy attending classes there,” Fernekes said. Her artwork, as well as that of other residents, are showcased in the hallways at The Fountains of Millbrook. 

The calendar consists of 32 pages and features 12 artists, one for each month, as well as a couple of honorable mentions. Fernekes’ painting is featured in the September spread, whereas fellow resident Roger Sweeney’s wood carving of a Canadian goose taking flight was named an honorable mention and is pictured in the calendar.

Complimentary copies of Expressions are available at Watermark properties, and electronic versions may be downloaded here

Watermark President and CEO David Barnes said that the calendar provides “plenty of inspiration in the stroke of a brush, a stitch of embroidery or even a face in a tree trunk.”

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