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PEN&INK POSSIBILITIES: Joy is ageless

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By Kirsten Laskey

Nothing stays new forever. Cracks, creases and threadbare patches eventually appear, replacing shiny perfection.

Aging does not mean gloomy, depressing times enter as happiness exits. It is just a different stage, a completely unique experience.

Maintenance, however, may be a necessity in this stage. Sometimes a little more attention is required.

For instance, the sculpture, “Grandmother’s Joy,” by Fritz White, was purchased in 1998 for the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Now, a decade later, it needs some TLC.

Glenda Belyeu, senior office specialist at the community services administration, said the patina, or finish on the sculpture, was peeling away. Consequently, the finish has been stripped and work is being conducted to resurface the sculpture.

Even though “Grandmother’s Joy” is bare of its finish, its beauty is still present. The entire sculpture, now a deep metallic brown without its turquoise coat, is “C” shaped, and features a grandmother, smiling broadly as she swoops up a newborn baby.

The sculpture seems to remind viewers that joyful times do not come with an age limit; they are timeless. It is also a reminder that everything new and young will eventually become old.

This is a message that the sculpture is artistically and physically transmitting.


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