A creative legacy by a prolific artist
Garrison Green resident Hertha Reich is never far from the art studio. She is a regular visitor and is constantly working on new painting projects. Recently, the community honoured her with a solo show of her works.
“She paints every day,” said Hertha’s daughter Denyce Lundeen. “COVID restrictions the last couple of years were very hard on her. The studio was closed so she couldn’t paint. When the studio re-opened, I would say that it renewed her life.”
Hertha will turn 100 this fall, but her energy and vibrancy belie her age. She began painting 70 years ago in the family home in Winnipeg. When she moved to Garrison Green, her interests and talents expanded with the help of the professional artists in the art studio.
“The artists in the studio have had a huge influence on her work,” said Denyce. “They are encouraging, at times gently critical, but are there for her to interact with, to offer suggestions for helping her make her work the best it can be.
She has done more than 200 paintings since coming to Garrison Green 10 years ago. She is so prolific, I’ve self-published two books of her art. I wanted to memorialize her body of work so her grandchildren could see what she has accomplished. Garrison Green has simply been amazing for mom.”
“Hertha’s name means of the earth, which is fitting as much of her chosen subject manner is floral,” said Andrea Gardner, creative facilitator at Garrison Green. “Her daily commitment to her art practice has been an inspiration to all as she continues to develop her skills and explore different media, despite any challenges.
Hertha has always been inviting others to create art and has developed flourishing relationships with both residents and all of the art studio staff over the years. We cannot thank Hertha enough for her enthusiasm, kindness, and friendship she has brought to our community.”
“I had admired paintings for many years and wished that I could do something like that,” said Hertha in recalling why she started painting. “So I said to myself, ‘Hey, let’s try it’. There were lots of times that I wasn’t happy with how a painting looked so I simply started again.
“It’s never too late to try something new,” said Hertha. “Take your time and it will come.”
Photos and videos by Sherana Productions.
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